General teaching requirements
Use of language
1. Pupils should be taught in all subjects to express themselves correctly and appropriately and to read accurately and with understanding. Since standard English, spoken and written, is the predominant language in which knowledge and skills are taught and learned, pupils should be taught to recognise and use standard English.
2. In writing, pupils should be taught to use correct spelling and punctuation and follow grammatical conventions. They should also be taught to organise their writing in logical and coherent forms.
3. In speaking, pupils should be taught to use language precisely and cogently.
4. Pupils should be taught to listen to others, and to respond and build on their ideas and views constructively.
5. In reading, pupils should be taught strategies to help them read with understanding, to locate and use information, to follow a process or argument and summarise, and to synthesise and adapt what they learn from their reading.
6. Pupils should be taught the technical and specialist vocabulary of subjects and how to use and spell these words. They should also be taught to use the patterns of language vital to understanding and expression in different subjects. These include the construction of sentences, paragraphs and texts that are often used in a subject [for example, language to express causality, chronology, logic, exploration, hypothesis, comparison, and how to ask questions and develop arguments].
Use of ICT
1. Pupils should be given opportunities to apply and develop their ICT capability through the use of ICT tools to support their learning in all subjects. At key stage 1, it is statutory to teach the use of ICT in the programmes of study for English, mathematics and science. Teachers should use their judgement to decide where it is appropriate to teach the use of ICT across these subjects at key stage 1. At other key stages, there are statutory requirements to use ICT in all statutory subjects, except PE.
2. Pupils should be given opportunities to support their work by being taught to:
find things out from a variety of sources, selecting and synthesising the information to meet their needs and developing an ability to question its accuracy, bias and plausibility
develop their ideas using ICT tools to amend and refine their work and enhance its quality and accuracy
exchange and share information, both directly and through electronic media
review, modify and evaluate their work, reflecting critically on its quality, as it progresses.
Health and safety
1. This statement applies to science, design and technology, ICT, art and design, and PE.
2. When working with tools, equipment and materials, in practical activities and in different environments, including those that are unfamiliar, pupils should be taught:
about hazards, risks and risk control
to recognise hazards, assess consequent risks and take steps to control the risks to themselves and others
to use information to assess the immediate and cumulative risks
to manage their environment to ensure the health and safety of themselves and others
to explain the steps they take to control risks.
This content relates to the 1999 programmes of study and attainment targets.