We are currently in the process of reviewing the content of our curriculum to ensure there is a much greater emphasis on the ‘powerful knowledge’ that children need in order to not only truly understand concepts, but also to enable them to apply the knowledge, offer informed explanations, make links and spot patterns. Crucially, it will also provide them with the essential foundations for the next part of their educational journey and beyond.
Whilst we continue to use the National Curriculum as our framework, we will not limit our curriculum content to the knowledge, skills and concepts covered within it. Rather, to ensure every pupil understands there is no limit to their potential, we are raising our expectations by increasing the depth and breadth of children’s understanding.
We are looking at each subject and identifying the essential knowledge that we feel is the children’s entitlement – and then deciding how best to teach it. We aim to expose the children to content, which is deeper and more sophisticated than we have taught before.
To help meet this challenge, we are producing ‘Knowledge Organisers’ which are ‘go-to’ documents outlining the essential knowledge that teachers will be covering across a unit of work; including dates, key vocabulary, definitions and other contextual or technical information. These ‘Knowledge Organisers’ will be shared with pupils, parents and carers – with the aim that everyone knows exactly what is being taught, and what the children need to learn.
As we update our curriculum, you will be able to find relevant knowledge organisers for each half term on the Class Pages.