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School Improvement Today

Deepening our Understanding

Posted 22/3/2019

Deepening our understanding of planning and the timetabled blocking of the foundation subjects in Key Stage 2 is challenging for all subject leaders.  Our last blog provided support for subject leaders to begin planning sequenced units of work in History.

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Making a Start on Foundation Subjects

Posted 8/3/2019

Implementing a high-quality primary curriculum for the foundation subjects is challenging.

How do we create a curriculum that effectively builds pupils’ essential knowledge and skills cumulatively in each subject across KS2?

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How to make sure lessons have a greater focus on the acquisition of knowledge?

Posted 21/2/2019

If we are to create a knowledge rich-curriculum we must help pupils to remember more essential subject vocabulary and knowledge during their lessons.

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Starting points for the knowledge rich curriculum – working memory

Posted 6/2/2019

As highlighted in the previous blog too many distractions in a lesson prevent the learner from fully focusing on acquiring and deepening knowledge.

Considering working memory is another key factor in the shift to more knowledge rich teaching. Many primary school lessons include a wide range of activities and tasks. However, when there are too many activities in a lesson it overloads pupils’ working memory and prevents effective learning. Research shows that on average pupils’ working memory will struggle to focus on learning if there are more than four different elements to remember in a lesson.

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Starting points for the new rich curriculum

Posted 25/1/2019

Although the national curriculum was introduced in 2014 it has not been fully implemented in many primary schools. The curriculum was introduced to create a curriculum that had less content, but should ensure pupils’ know more essential knowledge in each subject. This new curriculum was closely aligned to the knowledge rich educational system that is the model found in many high performing countries in the international Pisa League.

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