Consultation on Primary school curriculum reform: IET comments to the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority (QCA).
The proposals for the new primary national curriculum are broadly welcomed, particularly as they include efforts to reduce prescription and increase cross-curricular activities. The inclusion of numeracy as part of the essentials for learning and life will help ensure all children have the chance to develop mathematical understanding and skills, which are required at a higher level in engineering. The curriculum for the ‘scientific and technological understanding’ area of learning should refer explicitly to engineering, and make clear how this area of learning will ensure that pupils begin to develop an understanding of engineering and the role it plays in their lives. It is important that the new curriculum makes clear that design and technology can be taught both in unison and discretely. There needs to be clarity between numeracy as part of the essentials for learning and life and the ‘mathematical understanding’ area of learning.
Submission Details Submitted on 17 July 2009 to Qualifications and Curriculum Authority (QCA)