Harris Free School Peckham is currently reviewing and redesigning its curriculum, in order to provide pupils with a curriculum that best suits their needs. We are working collaboratively with the Harris Federation as well as with our parents, governors and staff so that we produce a curriculum which meets the needs of the students.
The overarching aim of the Harris Federation is to end the cycle of poverty and disadvantage: to improve the life chances for all students, and concomitantly the local community within which they live in. The pupils who attend Harris Free School Peckham come from a range of diverse backgrounds. We want to celebrate this diversity and learn from each other. We aim to provide all students with the opportunity to access and engage in learning to its fullest.
Our curriculum will aim to develop the capacity to accommodate new knowledge building upon prior knowledge and experiences. This approach is based upon the educational research of Hirsch and Young and Lambert and is achieved through:
- Share Knowledge
Through the use of knowledge organisers teachers will carefully consider what they are to teach by highlighting the non negotiable that pupils need in order to be able to succeed.
- Build Vocabulary - Teachers ensure that pupils have the necessary technical, specific and expressive vocabulary so that they can learn and master deep subject knowledge and understanding.
- Make Connections - Making connections is key in learning knowing how and why something fits in makes it more likely that a learner will deepen their knowledge.
- Evaluate - The ability to reflect on prior knowledge is key to making progress. This ensures that the links made within and across areas of learning.
We will know that we are delivering a high standard of curriculum through measures such as:
- attainment and achievement outcomes
- standard of learning in books
- pupil voice
- destination data
- attendance data
- behaviour data