Children going back to school will be learning with a new curriculum that according to the Prime Minister is “rigorous, engaging and tough” (see BBC report) But I m worried, after looking at some of the components,whether it is more likely to put children off learning than it is to engage them. It may also be a contributory factor in growing numbers of parents deciding to abandon schools and home educate. For the curriculum has become so prescriptive that parents feel it destroys the children’s innate curiosity and desire to learn. As an example take Year 4 children, aged 8 9, learning English. What they need is to be able to use our language to communicate well so they can build relationships with others, express themselves, speak, write and read effectively. But learning to label parts of the language as ‘determiner’, ‘possessive pronoun’ or ‘adverbial’ (as per the new curriculum), is not going enhance that process at all. Do you understand what those are? And is k
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