Progression of skills and knowledge
To ensure there is progression whilst exploring the same topic, each Subject Leader has set out a specific set of skills and knowledge which should be taught within each year group. These skill and knowledge progressions are used when planning each topic to break down the learning for each subject, within each year group, into smaller stepping stones. They give teachers a step-by-step guide for the order in which the content of a subject should be taught. This ensures that children develop the specific skills needed, in a logical order, to achieve the overall goal. It also ensures that, as units are revisited each year, the specific skills and knowledge focused upon are a clear development of the children's prior learning.
Research has shown that when learning can be related to real life, it gives it meaning and purpose, and therefore it is remembered. As a result, we fill our curriculum with real experiences, including visitors, theme days, workshops, trips and use of the local area. We also plan a stunning start, marvellous middle and fantastic finish within our topics. These are designed to hook children into the topic, to reignite interest part way through and to celebrate learning.