How can curiosity, pupil choice and independent thinking be developed as part of a knowledge-rich curriculum?

A criticism of schools choosing to teach a knowledge-rich curriculum is that they are treating children like robots, who they bombard with dry facts, rather than developing children’s curiosity. It is often assumed that in these schools, children will have no say in what they are learning and will lack independence of thought, as teachersContinue reading “How can curiosity, pupil choice and independent thinking be developed as part of a knowledge-rich curriculum?”

History & geography curriculum decisions (Part 4)

Last year, in the first three parts of this series of posts, I described a variety of strategies that could be used by both class teachers and school leaders in order to increase the number of exposures to key concepts and vocabulary children experience. I’ve also explained how I would use cross-curricular links to strengthenContinue reading “History & geography curriculum decisions (Part 4)”

Why you should teach the Stone Age to Iron Age in Upper KS2

This is the next in my series of posts about sequencing topics and how they can build on children’s prior knowledge. As I’ve said previously, there are many ways for schools to deliver the National Curriculum, so please don’t worry if your school doesn’t teach this topic in the way I’m describing. I’m not sayingContinue reading “Why you should teach the Stone Age to Iron Age in Upper KS2”

Country fact files for display

I created this resource to use in my classroom this year, and thought I’d share in case anyone else found it useful. 20 fact files including location and mainly physical geography of countries, which will be displayed around a world map. There’s a blank template too so you can add other countries to suit yourContinue reading “Country fact files for display”

How should we adapt the history and geography curriculum next year?

After my last post, I was asked what my thoughts about history and geography next year are, so I thought I’d write a new post on the topic. These are just some of my personal suggestions, and as usual I need to say that this isn’t the definitive way to approach this because every schoolContinue reading “How should we adapt the history and geography curriculum next year?”

The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe – A Novel Study

In a departure from my normal focus on the history and geography curriculum, this post is about my approach to planning a novel study. It is similar to my other recent posts in the way it focuses on links between different areas of the curriculum, and how I prepare the children for reading the bookContinue reading “The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe – A Novel Study”

Curriculum decisions – Using knowledge to create moments of joy

There has been a fair amount of discussion around whether it is best to take children on educational visits before or after teaching a topic. I’ve been a fan of going towards the end (or at least after teaching some of the content) for several years now. I can trace this back to the firstContinue reading “Curriculum decisions – Using knowledge to create moments of joy”

Why you should teach a topic on Italy in Lower KS2

This is the next in my series of posts exploring exemplar topics and how they can build on children’s prior knowledge. As I said in my previous posts, there are many ways for schools to deliver the National Curriculum, so please don’t worry if your school doesn’t teach this topic in the way I’m describing.Continue reading “Why you should teach a topic on Italy in Lower KS2”

Why you should teach Charles Darwin’s Voyage on the Beagle in Year 6

This is the next in my series of posts about exemplar topics and how they can build on children’s prior knowledge (following on from the post about the Amazon). As I said in my first post, there are many ways for schools to deliver the National Curriculum, so please don’t worry if your school doesn’tContinue reading “Why you should teach Charles Darwin’s Voyage on the Beagle in Year 6”

History & Geography Curriculum Decisions (Part 3)

In the previous two parts of this series of posts, I described how I found myself thinking about the best way to develop as many prototypes as possible. Is it by placing linked topics together in the same term, or is there a different way of planning that would expose children to lots of examplesContinue reading “History & Geography Curriculum Decisions (Part 3)”

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