Our Knowledge Rich Curriculum at William Harding
At William Harding we want to ensure that our curriculum is not only tailored to our pupils’ interests and needs but also ensures they are ready for life in the wider world.
We have recently reviewed our curriculum and are currently working with the Knowledge Schools Trust on their Primary Knowledge Curriculum (PKC) to ensure that our provision for History, Geography and Art is a ‘carefully sequenced, knowledge-rich curriculum which aims to inspire pupils, promote excellent outcomes for all and overcome inequality of opportunity.’
What is a Knowledge-Rich Curriculum?
A knowledge-rich curriculum at William Harding;
· 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 have 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.
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. Our staff have also visited one of the KST schools to witness the PKC in action as well as undertaking Insets and staff meetings led by the PKC Curriculum Leader. High quality CPD alongside teacher text books, to support teacher subject knowledge, detailed knowledge based planning and resources ensures that teachers are well equipped to deliver a high quality curriculum.
Reading, English, Mathematics, key skills and the Singing School project are taught and enjoyed daily. Science, History, Geography, Art, Design & Technology, Computing, Religious Education (RE), French (MFL) and Personal, Social, Health & Education (PSHE) are taught throughout the week. Subjects include a “WOW” starter and a finale to share learning with our parents and carers.
Also, we have specialised teachers to teach:
· Science in KS2
· PE and Sport in both EYFS/KS1/KS2
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