Primary National Curriculum

The new Primary National Curriculum has been launched - and there is a clear emphasis throughout on the importance of memory.

In every area, at every age, children now need a range of memory skills to reach their full potential and make the most of all the learning opportunities on offer.

In literacy lessons there are poems to perform from memory; lists of prescribed spellings to memorize; technical terms for increasingly complex features of language to remember and use well.

In maths, children must now master specific written calculation strategies as well as developing quick and flexible mental methods.

Children need to be able to recall key geographical and historical facts.

Older children are required to learn a foreign language.

And mastering the technical demands of computer coding is just one of the many ways in which children's memory skills are being challenged like never before.

The Junior Memory Championship trains primary-school children to be confident in a range of conscious, practical, exciting and effective memory skills. It introduces them to ways of remembering that have been around for centuries: powerful strategies that can be applied to every area of the new curriculum. Combining logical and creative thinking skills, these techniques help children to engage with learning in new ways, connecting different areas of knowledge and understanding and demonstrating their abilities with confidence and flair.

The new Primary National Curriculum challenges children to know more, understand more, compare, connect, invent, apply, perfect, evaluate… In every area, expectations have been raised.

So do your children have the learning skills - in particular, the memory skills - to meet them?



The Junior Memory Championship

The Junior Memory Championship is a pioneering educational project from The Learning Skills Foundation®.

Now going into its eighth year, the competition promotes memory techniques in schools, working with teachers to introduce pupils to the benefits of powerful learning strategies.

When you register, your children will be eligible to compete in the online stages of the Championship in March 2016.

When you take part in the JMC you receive:

  • an INSET pack to welcome you to the project
  • video clips explaining the key learning techniques
  • a full memory training programme for the Year 6 children in your school, plus extra lessons to use in the run-up to the competition itself
  • a wide range of detailed lesson plans, weaving memory training into the curriculum
  • materials to develop learning skills in other year-groups and throughout your school community

The short in-school training sessions help children to develop powerful memory strategies that will help them in every area of their education. Then, in March 2016, your Year 6 children take a series of online memory challenges, testing their learning skills against competitors from around the country. The children with the best scores are invited to the Final in London in June 2016 at which the new Junior Memory Champion will be crowned.

Caroline Shott, CEO of The Learning Skills Foundation said: "We are delighted to support Jonathan Hancock in establishing the Junior Memory Championship. This is a wonderful project, bringing powerful memory techniques to the front line of learning.

In the seven years since we launched, The Junior Memory Championship has become extremely popular with teachers and children alike as they see the very real benefits of memory skills. And the news is spreading: this year we worked with around 300 schools and estimate that 25,000 children took part in the training. Our finalists represent some of the brightest young minds in the UK - all taking their learning to the next level by using Jonathan's memory training techniques".

To organize interviews, obtain photographs, or for more details about the Junior Memory Championship and The Learning Skills Foundation, please contact Caroline Shott:
: +44 207 736 1772

Junior Memory Championship Shield
The Nationwide Memory Championship for Primary Schools now going
into its 8th year.
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"Memory Tricks and Techniques to boost Students' Learning"

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"Memory Skills may soon be king"   by Richard Vaughan featuring the Junior Memory Championship.  Issue date 16th November 2012. Click the image to see the content
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BBC's Radio 4's Midweek 5th Dec 2012 with Jonathan Hancock.  By kind permission of the BBC.

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"By connecting visual images, children can develop impressive memory skills and learn to focus their thinking"

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