We have worked with the Knowledge Schools Trust to develop a tailored version of the Primary Knowledge Curriculum for our schools. It is a carefully sequenced, knowledge-rich curriculum which aims to inspire pupils and promote excellent outcomes for all.
The Primary Knowledge Curriculum places ‘Powerful Knowledge’, knowledge that takes students beyond their own experiences, at the heart of the primary curriculum. The knowledge in our curriculum is carefully chosen, sequenced in a meaningful way that enables children to progress incrementally and is highly specialised. Our curriculum is divided into subjects, recognising the identity of the disciplines we study, fostering a love for subject content that will flourish as children move through the curriculum.
Careful and thoughtful planning, working with specialists, has allowed us to design a curriculum that weaves important concepts such as fairness, justice, liberty, identity and power through a diverse range of contexts, in both place and time, building examples that children can draw upon as their understanding grows.
Our curriculum nurtures the minds of children who will think often and deeply. Pupils will be taught meaningful content that builds on their prior knowledge. For many children, particularly those who have not gained it elsewhere, the establishment of that prior knowledge will begin with their very first lesson. Drawing on research-based cognitive science, there are carefully planned opportunities to recall and revisit vital prior knowledge and to strengthen retrieval from lesson to lesson, unit to unit and year to year. The knowledge base encourages children to infer, question, interpret, analyse, argue and reason. Most importantly, the Primary Knowledge Curriculum provides children with the tools they need to participate in their own education that will continue for a lifetime.
Supporting children with Special Education Needs
We have high aspirations for all our pupils but we understand that those with special educational needs may make progress at different rates. We support their learning through a carefully structured curriculum complemented by strong teacher subject knowledge, where core learning that supports progression is identified and prioritised, where teaching is adapted in a responsive way to meet pupil needs and through ensuring all staff have accessed appropriate continuing professional development to meet the needs of their pupils.