“Our curriculum has knowledge at its heart: we want our children to experience the joy of learning, and we know that this helps them become confident, articulate and resilient young people.
All our curriculum programmes are academically ambitious, but the clear, carefully-planned teaching allows all children to succeed. We use widely-available programmes, such as Read Write Inc for phonics, where we believe they are highly effective; but more often, subject experts at our Trust’s Curriculum Centre have developed our own schemes of work, typically supported by our own textbooks, in subjects from Latin and ancient history to geography and science.
We take the time to choose carefully what knowledge to teach, prioritising that which will be of the greatest value to our children in their later lives, and we work out how to teach it in a way that helps children to remember it and to understand how different parts of the curriculum are related to each other.”
Dr Antony Smith