Our Curriculum

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.

Year 7

Year 8

Year 9

Year 10

Year 11

Year 12

Year 13

Inspection bodies and staff can access the “One Stop Curriculum Doc” here

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Attleborough Academy is currently closed and only open for some Year 10 and some Year 12 students. If your child is expected to be in school, we will have contacted you directly. Please read our position on wider opening for more details. We are also maintaining the supervision of children of Key Workers. All other students will continue to have work set using ClassCharts and study from home. Any parent or carer who is a Key Worker and due to possible shift changes may require childcare provision can visit our Contact Us page for support. Please email queries to office@aan.norfolk.sch.uk.