Changes to the curriculum for grades Primary to 3 are designed to better support learning for students. The streamlined curriculum with an emphasis on math and literacy is the result of the Minister’s Action Plan on Education and was introduced to teachers and principals in May and will be implemented in September.
Along with an emphasis on math and literacy, the updated curriculum also sees a reduction in the number of learning outcomes to give clearer expectations for student learning. Teachers from across the province worked on the revised curriculum and established a set of outcomes that were more manageable for the teacher and will result in a more focused approach for both math and literacy.
They looked for any outcomes that were not developmentally appropriate for their age level and were repetitious and/or redundant. There was also a change in the amount of time teachers spend on math and literacy each day. For example, the time spent on English Language Arts in Grade 2 has increased from 90 minutes per day to 120 minutes per day.
Teachers will now have the time to delve deeper into the curriculum and to create richer learning opportunities for students and there will be more time to focus on those outcomes. As Minister, I support the belief that we need to “do a few things well”.
The streamlined curriculum is in response to what more than 3,000 teachers told the Minister’s panel in the fall during the consultation on public education. It provides a curriculum that is focused on essentials and provides our students with the skills they need to succeed in school and life.
The streamlined curriculum is one of the more than 20 new initiatives coming to schools in the province this September as part of the five-year action plan. The entire P-to-12 curriculum will be reviewed and streamlined during that time.
Karen Casey, MLA
Minister of Education & Early Childhood Development