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We have worked with the Knowledge Schools Trust to develop a tailored version of the Primary Knowledge Curriculum in our Infant schools and this will roll into our Junior School from September 2020. It is a carefully sequenced, knowledge-rich curriculum which aims to inspire pupils and promote excellent outcomes for all.

The curriculum content has been carefully chosen by subject experts and is organised in a coherent way, ensuring children can build on their knowledge from year to year. In this way, the knowledge in the curriculum is cumulative, constructing firm foundations from which children can progress and develop deeper conceptual understanding and subject-specific skills over time.

Curriculum coherence ensures that teaching does not jump from topic to topic, but enables children to develop knowledge over time, as well as a love of subjects. Subject content is crucial to this approach- the rich content of the curriculum inspires children and plants the seeds for a lifetime of learning

What is a Knowledge-Rich Curriculum?

A knowledge-rich curriculum at The Three Schools;

  • places powerful knowledge at the heart of the curriculum
  • has carefully chosen content
  • is organised in a coherent way, ensuring it builds from year to year
  • is cumulative, constructing firm foundations from which children can build conceptual understanding and skills over time
  • is an entitlement for every child, regardless of background
  • is coherent and ensures that teaching does not jump from topic to topic, but enables children to develop knowledge and a love of learning

We focused our review on what content should be taught, in what order, whilst reflecting upon what children remember and how they remember it. The Primary Knowledge Curriculum (PKC) has been developed in line with current thinking on how children learn. Importantly, findings from cognitive science are beginning to influence practice in the classroom.

An essential element of a knowledge curriculum is the development of a broad and rich vocabulary, and the ambitious and explicit teaching of this. The vocabulary content of the Primary Knowledge Curriculum has been planned with the purpose of addressing the ‘word gap’ for children who enter school with a limited vocabulary.

Implementation

We are currently working with the Knowledge Schools Trust (KST) in a pilot to share the Primary Knowledge Curriculum through training and professional development opportunities focused on History, Geography and Art. Our Senior Leaders worked with the PKC Curriculum Leader to highlight areas of strength and areas for improvement and identified clear next steps to support with action planning. Staff have also visited KST schools to observe the PKC in action as well as undertaking training and high quality CPD. Alongside teacher text books, to support teacher subject knowledge, detailed knowledge based planning and resources ensure that teachers are well equipped to deliver a high quality curriculum.

Reading, English, and Mathematics are taught daily.

In Key Stage 1, Music and PE are taught by specialists. 

In Key Stage 2, Music, PE, French and Art and Design Technology are delivered by specialists

History, Geography, Science, Religious Education, Personal, Social, Health & Education (PSHE) are taught throughout the week.

Impact

Aims of such an education for our pupils;

  • to be knowledgeable about content and the world around them
  • to transform their minds so that they are able to make reasonable and informed judgements
  • to ensure they can engage fruitfully in conversation and debate
  • to develop confidence that comes from possessing a store of essential knowledge and the skills
  • to have a sub-set of knowledge and the accompanying vocabulary that will maximize chances of leading rich and fulfilling lives

 

Designated Persons for Child Protection are the Headteachers, Ms Carol-Anne McCollum and Mr David May

Deputy Designated Persons for Child Protection are Mrs Featherstone, Mrs Heidi Martin and Mrs Rebecca Chapman-Hill