To further our work regarding the intent of our curriculum and how knowledge is disseminated, we have developed tools for teaching and learning that form part of our curriculum IMPLEMENTATION. Their aim, alongside teaching expertise / professional subject understanding (pedagogical content knowledge) and regular revision and repetition, is to support children transfer learning form their short-term to long-term memory.
We took part in "Mobilise", the Lincolnshire Learning Partnership's research programme and actually undertook , in conjunction with other schools and LLP, some research in school about "Spaced Learning"; ie coming back to learning over time. Along with further reading, this introduced us to the concept of the "Knowledge Organiser".
One of the key aspects of our curriculum design has been deciding what we want our children to learn? What do we want them to transfer to their long-term memory and become part of their repertoire of knowledge? How is the curriculum's INTENT implemented?
After research and staff debate, we decided to implement “Knowledge Organisers” (KOs) to demonstrate, for class projects and key subjects, what teachers want children to learn and thereafter know.
For the core subjects of reading (including phonics), writing and maths, we have statements of implementation which show how knowledge concepts are implemented in each core subject. In English the subject material used as a knowledge conduit to scaffold writing is usually driven by the class Umbrella Project.
All children have access to all curriculum opportunities, for some who have additional needs, we may need to make reasonable adjustments to ensure this takes place. Please read more about this in our Special Educational Needs statement.
Unfortunately not the ones with chocolate chips.
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