Knowledge Skills & Progression
Here at Larkfields Junior School...  

We have designed a curriculum which sets out the disciplinary and substantive knowledge to underpin children’s learning and provide rigour to create an environment in which each child is supported in reaching their full potential. The curriculum is designed to add relevance, and create connectedness and cohesion, whilst promoting curiosity and interest. 

This curriculum is split into substantive and disciplinary knowledge within progression documents which ensure children are building knowledge and skills over time. Substantive knowledge is the established facts and knowledge that children are expected to learn, e.g. The Earth is the planet on which we live. Disciplinary knowledge is the skill that children are expected to learn to give them the ability to think and work as an expert in a specific subject, e.g. as a historian, to select and use sources to construct their own opinion about the past. These skills allow the children to ask questions, gather and evaluate information and draw conclusions. 

It is the combination of these two types of knowledge which enable pupils to be successful learners, who can reach their full potential in their learning and experiences across the wider curriculum. 

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