How to build a knowledge-based curriculum for primary pupils

The best way to nurture creative, critical thinkers who will succeed in secondary school is to pursue a curriculum rich in knowledge, argues Clare Sealy. Here, she offers her top tips to get you started

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The term “knowledge-based curriculum” frequently provokes consternation. “Surely all curriculums teach knowledge?” comes the bemused response.

Well, allow me to take you back in time to when I was teaching Year 4 about the Romans. I’d found this lesson plan for explaining how the Romans made roads – it suggested getting children to reproduce the structure: using pebbles for one layer (which we made out of clay), gravel for the next (I think we used cat litter) and then Modroc for the top layer. It took ages and was very messy, and possibly quite fun.

The knowledge inherent in all this ...

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