Expanding the curriculum in Primary Schools. A diverse curriculum.
We have talked about this before, but the more research we do, the more urgent we find the matter of expanding the primary school curriculum at a national level.
The exaggerate focus on literacy and mathematics in primary schools in England leaves behind subjects that would help children build a strong general knowledge and awareness of the world, such as science and foreign languages.
A more diverse curriculum for our younger pupils will also prepare them for the challenges they will have to face in secondary schools. As Sir Michael Wilshaw from Ousted mentions in his HMCI monthly commentary in May, primary schools can often send children off to secondary schools in the same area, without the tools and the information essential for a smooth transition. The change in environment has a strong impact on children and while not being prepared for what is expected in Key-Stage 3, pupils can struggle for extended periods of time.
What is highly concerning is that there are European education systems (such as Romania) where a second language is a compulsory subject from Reception age, while a third language is compulsory in Year 3. On a global market, being multilingual has become a required skill by default and we need to work on that.
Diversity in the curriculum will not throw a shade on English and mathematics. Giving children the possibility to expand their knowledge will only provide them with more chances to succeed in school and enhance their concentration and their overall wellbeing.