Knowledge is taught to be remembered, not merely just encountered
Our curriculum is focused on the development of children’s knowledge and skills across all primary subjects, with the aim of ensuring pupils are ready for the next stage of their learning and beyond. It is rooted in our school values of kindness, fairness, integrity, respect and nurturing and enables pupils to develop the personal attributes of gratitude, honesty, personal responsibility, teamwork and resilience. Our curriculum provides opportunities for all children to develop as independent, confident and successful learners with high aspirations, who know how to make a positive contribution to their diverse community and wider society. We encompass not only the formal requirements of the National Curriculum, but also go beyond the classroom to ensure knowledge is gained through enriching experiences that pupils may not have the opportunity to access outside of school.
We believe that a good education is essential in order for our pupils to achieve the following goals:
- Personal empowerment to take greater control of their own lives.
- Preparation for citizenship, so they can make informed decisions about their contributions to society.
- Preparation for the world of work, in order to lead happy and fulfilling lives well into the future.
- The transmission of knowledge, skills and values from one generation to the next.
What you already know is the key to learning new things
Our curriculum is knowledge-rich and covers a breadth of knowledge in many forms as we believe that the more children know, the more they can learn. There is an emphasis on the basic skills of reading, writing and maths, as well as creativity, physical and mental wellbeing and problem solving. We sequence the knowledge we teach to ensure a coherent flow that allows children to accumulate it over time and build upon what they already know.
Deliberate planning of what pupils need to learn is essential in order for them to develop rich and extensive schema. Links are made to prior learning, both within and across different subjects. As humans, we integrate new incoming information in relation to our pre-existing knowledge about the world. It is therefore essential to teach new concepts, ideas and skills in context because pupils need to flexibly adapt their knowledge and skills to all manner of new problems and settings.
To learn a new piece of information (orange triangles) effectively, it should be learned on the basis of existing prior knowledge (grey triangles).
Without prior knowledge, as seen in the top panel, the new information cannot be integrated meaningfully and will most likely not survive over time.
Image and text used with kind permission from Dr. Efrat Furst
Please contact the school or talk to your child’s teacher if you would like to find out more about the school’s curriculum.
Please click on the links below to see the English Medium Term Plans for the appropriate year group:
Please click on the link below to see a copy of our joined handwriting guidance. We are currently using Nelson Thorne’s handwriting scheme.
Please click on the link below to see the Maths Medium Term Plans:
Please click on the links below to see the Creative Curriculum Overview for each year group: