I rarely rarely look at the National Curriculum as we are sooo not school at home. But it is interesting to see what her peers are doing at school. One of the reasons why I home ed is because I feel that the current education system including the National Curriculum is failing children academically and places them all in the same box.
As I’ve been looking more at the MEP Math program we are using as well as reading a comment left by a Hungarian sisters (jzk!) on my last post about the MEP, I decided to have a look at the standards site only to find that it has been archived due to the new Coalition government. Another reason to home ed – the education system seems to change with each new government.
Had a look at the Dfes website for Math and looked at what R would be learning right now for Math. I must say, I was really surprised how advanced year 2 MEP is relation to what the National Curriculum expects from a Year 2 student. She has done all of the NC Keystage 1 Math already in the MEP program and quite a huge chunk of the Key Stage 2 National Curriculum. I have heard that the MEP program is way advanced and children find themselves doing work that they would maybe do in 2-3 years time. But it seriously is a fantastic Math program.
So, its given me a boost of confidence that she is okay alhamdulillah. I have received some criticism from non Home Edders and even some home edders for a) not following the national curriculum and b) for using a Hungarian curriculum instead of a British or even American one. But looking at how the MEP helps the child understand Math rather than rolling off facts on their tongue really shows the reality of the current British education system. It kind of reflects the whole system – it is creating parrots rather than those who understand, think and then act!