Since September 2014 a new National Curriculum has been put in place. The content of this curriculum is significantly more demanding than in the past. It is important to note that the content of the curriculum is far more ambitious with higher expectations for each child. This pattern of higher expectations is repeated right across the primary curriculum.
Since the introduction of the 2014 National Curriculum, new ‘Age Related Expectations’ (ARE) form the assessment structure for each year group. This system considers whether the children are; emerging, developing, securing or mastering their understanding of the curriculum objectives. For those children who are able to work at a level much higher than their chronological age, they will be able to develop a sense of mastery by deepening their understanding and working at greater depth within a particular curriculum area.