Teachers and Leaders at AAN have been working on an overhaul of our curriculum since early in 2017 when we first began to explore the notion of the knowledge rich curriculum. In particular, we wanted to reflect the desire to “introduce pupils to the best that has been thought and said, through a study of the essential knowledge they need to be educated citizens.” AA’s Knowledge Rich Curriculum is follows the principles of Tom Sherrington :
Knowledge provides a driving, underpinning philosophy: Acquiring powerful knowledge is seen as an end itself; there is a belief that we are all empowered through knowing things and that this cannot be left to chance.”
The knowledge content is specified in detail: Units of work are supported by statements that detail the knowledge to be learned – something that can be written down. We do not merely want to ‘do the Romans’;
Knowledge is taught to be remembered, not merely encountered: A good knowledge-rich curriculum embraces ideas from cognitive science about memory, forgetting and the power of retrieval practice.
Knowledge is sequenced and mapped deliberately and coherently: optimum knowledge sequence for building secure understanding.
Below is the overall sequence of all subjects. The next phase of our curriculum development is to ensure sequencing across the curriculum, so students can be drawn to the cross-overs in subjects, and the context in which knowledge happens.
Inspection bodies and staff can access the “One Stop Curriculum Doc” here