Subject Knowledge and Skills
- All subjects are carefully mapped by subject leaders, ensuring a choesive and progressive curriculum for all.
- Our curriculum mapping includes:
- The National Curriculum, which forms the foundation of our curriculum.
- Ready to Progress Criteria: identified for all subjects – what the children need to know before they move on.
- Key vocabulary: identified for all subjects – on progression of knowledge and skills documents.
- Key Skills: identified for all subjects.
- In light of the pandemic, class teachers have considered carefully the key knowledge that their cohort of children may have missed due to the pandemic that children must learn in that subject before they can progress to the next year’s curriculum. This is the foundation for planning this year.
- The curriculum is adapted to meet the needs of pupils with SEND. There is a focus on building independence, confidence and self-esteem for these pupils, alongside improved academic progress.
- The Mersham Century has been developed to supplement the curriculum and to support children in developing the knowledge and cultural capital to succeed in life. This is tailored specifically to our school (predominantly white-British).
How do we ensure that our children retain their knowledge and understanding of specific subject areas?
We use a variety of techniques to ensure children retain and secure their knowledge and understanding of particular subject areas. Teachers may refer to our Knowledge and Skills Organisers and children may take part in low-stake quizzes throughout a topic to ensure key facts and information are regularly revisited. Children are taught in cross-curricular topics to help them make links in their learning and teachers make it clear to pupils when they are working on specific subject skills.