LAT curriculum explained
What does your child learn at school each day? Find information about our curriculum subjects here.
We have worked with our LAT colleagues to create a curriculum influenced by cognitive and neuroscience research, which addresses the requirements of the National curriculum and is based on an audit of local need.
With many of our children having English as an additional language alongside low vocabulary levels in the early years it is vital that Oracy is a central tenet of our curriculum. Serving a vibrant multicultural community our curriculum also seeks to promote respect and tolerance for all.
The design of the LAT curriculum is built on secure and proven foundations referenced by Leaders in the Scientific fields linked to the development of long term learning and memory. LAT members believe that the learned curriculum is the curriculum that actually counts for pupils as they strive to build informed links and that disadvantaged students often need to rely much more on the diet of deliberate learning that they receive from being in school. We believe that a good curriculum empowers children with the knowledge they are entitled to and is primarily based initially on the National Curriculum. Key reference points for this belief stem from experts such as, 'Memory is the residue of thought' Professor Dan Willingham (Psychologist and author), 'Learning is a change in long term memory. If nothing has been changes in long term memory then nothing has been learned' Professor Paul Kirschner (Educational Psychologist & Author), ‘You can always Google it’ is the most dangerous myth in education today' Dylan Wiliam (Educationalist) and 'Learning is defined as an alteration in long term memory' Sweller, Ayres & Kalyuga (2011).
Our curriculum design is grounded by key subject drivers. These are History and Geography as well as core Science, Maths and English. History and Geography act as perspective drivers that add empathy and perspective to children's learning. They act as a directional compass to centre and root learning, whilst prompting the direction of pupils further thoughts and ideas. Studying key concepts about the past (history), 'Then and Now' and linking to other places (geography) 'Here and There' enables pupils to create their own opinions based on factual knowledge and/ or accounts evidenced from key sources of credible information.
We strive to provide the children with a range of learning experiences that develop their knowledge, challenge, stimulate and promote thinking and learning. Through studying less content but in more depth, the construction of our curriculum aims to enable pupils to build on previous learning through revisiting and extending understanding of key concepts, to remember and recall information and to apply knowledge beyond discrete subjects to create a rounded and broad knowledge base and extended schema of understanding.
Every child has the opportunity to shine!
If you have further questions about any aspect of our curriculum, please see your class teacher in the first instance.
See individual subjects for specific topic information for each year group.
We also take part in the Children’s University to further support our curriculum, raise aspirations and increase opportunities for our children.
For more information see their website or talk to a member of teaching staff.