Knowleswood Primary
School and Nursery

Part of the Cavendish and Knowleswood Federation

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Curriculum Information

At Knowleswood Primary School we offer a broad and balanced curriculum which promotes the spiritual, moral and cultural development of pupils. It enables pupils to develop academically and physically and prepares them for their future life experiences and challenges. This gives them the skills and knowledge needed to contribute and be successful members of society.

Our curriculum is underpinned by the National Curriculum (2019), we enhance this with planned opportunities that make up the wider school curriculum. Learning is always exciting and in a meaningful context for children. Where commonality exists between subjects and aspects, learning is linked and lessons taught using a cross-curricular approach. Where this is not achievable, subjects or aspects are taught discretely. The rehearsal and application of basic skills learned in the core curriculum is a driver for the entire curriculum.

We place a strong emphasis on the development of the basic skills necessary to be confident independent learners and successful adults. Children rapidly begin to read in our Reception class by following a programme called ‘Read Write Inc.’ All children take part in a daily English and Mathematics lesson, in addition children engage in daily literacy skills opportunities where they develop their reading and comprehension to developing a command of all aspects of the English language.

During their time at our school, children develop a strong sense of moral purpose in addition to a respect and understanding of people who have different characteristics to themselves, whether that be age, disability, gender, race or sexuality. A rigorous, well planned curriculum, delivered by staff in an ethos of care and support enables our pupils to be well rounded, empathetic young people who are keen to learn and show respect for all around them.

If you would like further information about the curriculum we are following please speak to your child’s class teacher.


Curriculum Organisation

The Foundation Stage curriculum is taught during the Reception year, through seven areas of learning and development. All areas of learning and development are important and inter-connected. Three areas are particularly crucial for igniting children’s curiosity and enthusiasm for learning, and for building their capacity to learn, form relationships and thrive.

These three areas (prime areas) are:

communication and language;
physical development; and
personal, social and emotional development.
The curriculum also supports children in four specific areas, through which the three prime areas are strengthened and applied. The specific areas are:

understanding the world; and
expressive arts and design.



At Knowleswood Primary School we believe that Maths plays an important role in every child’s education. The teaching of Maths is taught through the ‘White Rose hub’. The scheme is used to develop the children’s fluency, reasoning and problem solving skills as well as providing lots of opportunities to practice, apply and consolidate the skills that they have learnt. As a school we aim to provide the children at Knowleswood with gaining vital Maths skills that they can use throughout their lives.



Reception and Key Stage 1 pupils follow the Read Write Inc Phonics scheme from Reception to Year 2.

The Read Write Inc spelling scheme is also used to teach spelling from Year 2 to Year 6.

Children are assessed every six weeks to determine which phonics group is most suitable for each child.



Reception and Year 1 pupils follow the Read Write Inc storybooks. We then use a combination of reading schemes as children progress.  For example: Oxford Reading Tree and Tree Tops.  These give a variety of fiction and non-fiction books to develop children’s reading range.

All children are encouraged to visit the library weekly and choose their own book to take home and share.

Please click here to access the Read Write Inc website