Fractions at five bid to improve school system

Maths students at Gosberton Academy.
Maths students at Gosberton Academy.
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Five-year-olds in South Holland could soon be tackling fractions and computer algorithms when a more stretching national curriculum is introduced.

The Government has announced the changes to catch up with the world’s best education systems – and Lincolnshire County Council is already looking at how it can support schools in our district to introduce it.

The re-written national curriculum sets out the framework for what children in England’s state schools should be taught between the ages of five and 14.

Academies – which are now a majority of secondary schools – will not be required to follow the curriculum, but one in Gosberton is already ahead of the game.

Gosberton Academy’s pioneering Maths Makes Sense programme introduces fractions to five-year-olds in a fun way and has already won the school an award for its innovative teaching.

Headteacher Bruce Johnson: “Our year one pupils do advance calculations. We are certainly seeing results.”

Keith Batty, assistant director for children’s services, said: “We are looking at what is proposed so we can support schools in Lincolnshire to get the best out of the new curriculum for the benefit of children and young people.

“Obviously there will be some significant changes and we will work with schools to ensure they are well prepared for the future.”