Our vibrant and rich curriculum is designed so that disciplinary knowledge supports the learning of substantive knowledge. It ensures that progression and balance is maintained through careful sequencing and recall to previous learning, the overview is broken into a long term plan (and progression documents in disciplinary knowledge, substantive knowledge and vocabulary) to ensure clear sequencing, a medium term plan to ensure national curriculum coverage and short term plans. The short term plans include:
Prior and future learning linked to the topic for the children to make links to what they already know and what more they will learn on the topic
Substantive knowledge in the form of a learning question and core concepts that each child should know
Disciplinary knowledge to ensure that children develop their enquiry skills
Key vocabulary for the children to use the correct terminology when expressing what they have learnt
The use of booklets to supplement the learning, in KS2, encourages the children to read about the subject, learning its history and where concepts originated. Through the use of frequent experiments, children are able to develop their disciplinary knowledge - building on the skills already developed.
Furthermore, the children are taught about a wide variety of scientists from different ethnicities, genders, religions etc, to develop their understanding of a diverse world.
Teachers adapt topics, knowledge retrieval, knowledge organisers and lessons to address the specific individual needs of pupils so that all pupils are able to reach their full potential regardless of their starting point.