National Curriculum revision response features plant growth and identification

The Department of Education (DOE) has followed up the draft revised national curriculum, put out for public consultation five months ago, with a summary of the comments received and the government’s response.
DOE is also publishing a revised national curriculum framework for all subjects except key stage 4 English, mathematics and science.

Plant identification and growth feature in all three key stages detailed.

Statutory requirements include:

Year 1

  • Identify and name a variety of common plants, including garden plants, wild plants and trees, and those classified as deciduous and evergreen
  • Identify and describe the basic structure of a variety of common flowering plants, including roots, stem/trunk, leaves and flowers

Year 2

  • Observe and describe how seeds and bulbs grow into mature plants
  • Find out and describe how plants need water, light and a suitable temperature to grow and stay healthy.

Year 3

  • Identify and describe the functions of different parts of flowering plants: roots, stem, leaves and flowers
  • Explore the requirements of plants for life and growth (air, light, water, nutrients from soil, and room to grow) and how they vary from plant to plant
  • Investigate the way in which water is transported within plants
  • Explore the part that flowers play in the life cycle of flowering plants

Year 4

  • Identify and name a variety of living things (plants and animals) in the local and wider environment, using classification keys to assign them to groups
  • Recognise that environments can change and th

Year 5

  • Describe the life process of reproduction in some plants and animals.

Year 6

  • Give reasons for classifying plants and animals based on specific characteristics

Subject to the approval of Parliament, it is the Government’s intention that the final version of this framework will be published in the autumn of 2013, and that the elements that require statutory force will come into effect for the majority of year groups from September 2014.

For pupils in year 2, year 6 and year 10, the new English, mathematics and science programmes of study will be introduced from September 2015; and for pupils in year 11 the programmes of study for these subjects will be introduced from September 2016.

Education minister Michael Gove said: "Having confirmed our intentions for the new national curriculum we are, in accordance with the legislation that underpins it, commencing a one month consultation on the legislative Order which will give it statutory effect. Subject to the outcome of that consultation, we intend to finalise the new national curriculum this autumn so that schools have a year to prepare to teach it from September 2014."

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