St Osmund’s Curriculum Statement
“What we call civilization – the accumulation of knowledge which has come from our forefathers - is the fruit of thousands of years of human thought and toil. It is by right the common heritage of all.”
Robert Tressell - ‘The Ragged Trousered Philanthropist”
As a Church of England school, we aspire to enable all children to reach their God-given potential. The school’s Christian values – Hope, Community, Respect and Love – are exemplified throughout our curriculum.
Our aim is to provide a ‘knowledge - rich curriculum’: one that allows all students to access their right to learn ‘the best that has been thought and said’ (Matthew Arnold ‘Culture and Anarchy’, 1869). The cultural capital that our students will accumulate is, therefore, the essential knowledge that all children need in order to develop into educated citizens. The origins of this knowledge span the globe, allowing pupils access to a wide range of spiritual, cultural, historical and real world perspectives. We live out our core value of Community in facilitating this access as we teach our children to take their place of responsibility in the local, national and global communities.
Within our curriculum, rich knowledge allows students to learn more and make links between what is known. Learning through a knowledge-rich curriculum means that every time a topic or content is revisited, it allows the student to understand to a deeper level. Progress is made by knowing more and remembering more – allowing students to be able to tackle more challenging topics through having the opportunity to readily retrieve information and apply it to unfamiliar contexts.
Alongside this, our curriculum will provide our students with a ‘language- rich’ environment, consistently requiring them to develop a wide vocabulary which will empower all students to achieve highly. Opportunities to practise and use that vocabulary both orally and through writing forms a central tenet across our curriculum.
The use of ‘Knowledge Organisers’ across the school allows us to make clear to students which facts, vocabulary and concepts they are expected to learn so that they can be successful in the unit they are studying and in future learning throughout their school journey.