Our school curriculum is knowledge-rich, ambitious and provides all pupils, including those from disadvantaged backgrounds and those on the SEND register, the knowledge and cultural capital they need to succeed in life.
Our curriculum aligns with the national curriculum. It has been coherently planned and is well-sequenced, laying the foundations of knowledge in EYFS and building on this throughout the primary years. The broad curriculum is followed consistently by all pupils.
A knowledge-rich curriculum exposes children to ambitious content that has been highly specified and well-sequenced, leaving nothing to chance. A knowledge-rich curriculum ensures that each precious moment will support children in acquiring the knowledge, skills and cultural capital that they will need to become well-educated citizens of the future. Every historical figure encountered, philosophical idea grappled with, and scientific concept applied, fits neatly into a scheme of learning that holds a sense of purpose and develops logically from lesson to lesson, unit to unit and year to year.
Through utilising cognitive science, and the psychology of learning, memory and schemata, the knowledge-rich curriculum is designed to ensure that the knowledge is taught to be remembered. At its core, a knowledge-rich curriculum enables all children, regardless of socio-economic background, to be provided with the opportunities to succeed in later life.
We recognise and value each subject and teach them discretely, ensuring that our children develop a deep understanding and love of each distinct discipline. Where appropriate, links are made across disciplines to enable children to make meaningful connections. Our curriculum includes local history, geography, and other locally relevant subject content.
Our curriculum has taken all the evidence and research into account to ensure that it incorporates the principles of spaced retrieval, formative “low-stakes” quizzing and plenty of practice to develop knowledge fluency that pursue mastery.
Our intended curriculum can be found in these documents:
- Our whole school curriculum overview outlines the units covered in each subject across the year.
- Subject curriculum maps: detail exactly what we cover in each subject, which can be found under each subject area in the subject pages.
- Subject rationales: explain the reasoning behind how our curriculum was developed for each subject, which can be found under each subject area in the subject pages.
- Unit rationales for subjects that require more substantial teacher knowledge, have unit rationales that outlines the substantive knowledge, concepts and disciplinary knowledge taught, and how each unit fits in with the bigger curriculum picture, examples which can be found in history, geography, science art and design technology.
- The knowledge goals (KG) and assessment goals set out in our planning documents for each subject: KGs explain what we plan for all children to know by the end of each lesson, and the assessment shows what we expect children to commit to long term memory by the end of the unit.