Curriculum Initiatives at Mowlem Primary School
Dear Parents and Carers,
We have been in the process of focusing on the content of our whole curriculum to ensure that there is a much greater emphasis on the ‘powerful knowledge’ that children need in order to truly understand concepts and also to enable them to apply that knowledge. We have looked at each subject and are currently identifying the essential knowledge that we feel is the children’s minimum entitlement - and then deciding how best to teach it.
This year we will be producing 'Knowledge Organisers' which are the ‘go-to’ documents outlining the essential knowledge that the teachers will be covering across a unit of work; including dates, key personnel, vocabulary, definitions, and other information. These Knowledge Organisers will be shared with pupils, parents and carers before units of work are taught – with the aim that everyone knows exactly what is being taught, and what the children need to learn.
Beneath this letter are the ‘Knowledge Organiser’ for your child’s first Geography/History and RE topic for this term. We ask that parents read through these Knowledge Organisers at home with their children.
Further information will be provided by Class Teachers during our ‘Welcome’ meetings throughout early September – dates will be sent out over the next couple of days. I would appreciate your views and any suggestions you may have on this initiative.
Julia Burns | Headteacher