The Shakespeare curriculum is designed with knowledge at its heart to ensure that children develop a strong vocabulary base and an extensive understanding of the world. The curriculum promotes long-term learning and we believe that progress means knowing more, doing more and remembering more. As pupils learn the content of the curriculum, they are making progress. We have developed a curriculum built on current research regarding how memory works to ensure that children not only have access to 'the best that has been thought and said' but are taught this in a way that ensures children can remember the curriculum content in future years.
We believe that knowledge breeds curiosity - as pupils learn more about the world they become more curious. It is very difficult to be curious about something that you don't know anything about. We understand that knowledge is 'sticky', in other words, the more pupils know, the easier it is for them to know more. As a result, we carefully check and activate prior knowledge to ensure our pupils are able to understand and remember new things they are learning. This is why we place particular emphasis on children knowing by heart and building rich webs of knowledge as they progress through the curriculum so that they can know more, do more and remember more.
If you wish to find out more details about the curriculum we are following please contact the school office to make an appointment.
At Shakespeare School we use the Read Write Inc. reading and phonic scheme and the Oxford Reading Tree reading scheme. We also follow the White Rose maths scheme.