Core Knowledge - a curriculum for the twenty-first century
In 2014 we launched Core Knowledge, a comprehensive and new knowledge-based curriculum, which has been adapted over several years by the research group Civitas from the US original, devised by ED Hirsch. The new Primary National Curriculum (England, Wales and Northern Ireland) is inspired by the Hirsch approach. Core Knowledge goes beyond the limits of the National Curriculum, offering children access to additional content that is both challenging and engaging. We want more for our pupils, so we have further tailored Core Knowledge to align with our vision and values.
This new curriculum, which starts in Year One, epitomises all that we believe in. Building upon the key skills and areas of learning we offer children from Reception onwards, we impart to every child a first-class knowledge-based education in the arts and sciences. Our curriculum and teaching methods aim above all at the transmission of knowledge, which we believe is the best way to inspire a child with the thirst for a wider and deeper understanding of the world. It lays the foundations for an expanding grasp of a wide range of subjects later on in education.
We believe passionately that our approach ensures that our children's mental horizons are progressively expanded beyond their everyday experience.
We also provide our pupils with opportunities to take part in sport and creative arts such as Art, Music, Drama and Dance.
Residential trips, excursions and activities within the local community enhance our pupils' educational experience and help them to develop their confidence and independence. An extensive range of after-school clubs are organised each term. The activities range from chess club to art club and from science club to athletics club. All children are provided with an opportunity to experience a range of activities.
The NMS Teaching and Learning Committee oversees the curriculum; to find out more about its work, click here.