Just out of interest I put both the draft national curriculum and the current 2000 curriculum into a word cloud generator - a visual representation of the most common occurring words in the two documents – below are the results. Unsurprisingly the word ‘pupil’ appears a great deal in both.What appears to be immediately different is the importance of the word ‘learning’, in the curriculum 2000 cloud ‘learning’ is the second most common occurring word, in the new draft curriculum it seems to have disappeared altogether, replaced I guess by ‘study’, although that also appears in the Curriculum 2000 cloud.
‘Taught’ is another word appearing frequently in both documents, but by ‘teachers’ only in curriculum 2000. ’Skills’ is another dimension prominent in curriculum 2000 that seems to have disappeared almost entirely from the new curriculum. Other words prominent in curriculum 2000 and less so in the new curriculum include: ‘Activities’, ‘develop’, ‘appropriate’, ‘support’, ‘information’, ‘opportunities’, ‘ideas’, ‘design’, ‘planning’ and ‘language’.
In contrast ‘words’ has become much more prevalent in the draft curriculum, along with ‘spelling’, ‘number/numbers’, ‘fractions’, ‘requirements’, ‘statutory’, ‘programme’, ‘read’ and ‘key’.
I’m not rushing to judge the new curriculum, and have no interest in defending the current one, however these word clouds do seem to suggest a significant change in focus between the two documents. In particular a new emphasis on being taught specific knowledge, although not necessarily by teachers.
It would be interesting to hear other people’s views. Please comment below.
This is the proposed new National Curriculum word cloud.
This is a word cloud for the current Curriculum.