We take a thematic approach to the delivery of the curriculum recognising that it is the interplay between subject disciplines that leads to depth in understanding and well connected ideas. We also recognise that each subject/ domain has a substantive body of knowledge and a disciplinary approach that pupils need to be taught and therefore make this explicit to pupils during teaching.
We know that some subjects need to be taught as distinct disciplines in order to prevent tenuous connections and therefore teach the following subjects discretely: Mathematics, Computing, PSHE, RE, Music and PE.
Curriculum essentials are those components, knowledge and skills, that pupils need to have mastered in order to access the wider curriculum, make sense of and explore ideas, think critically and creatively and to communicate effectively. They are the basics that need to be in place so that children’s working memory is free to think about big ideas and make connections across and within subject disciplines.