Overview and Intent
The Curriculum intent at King Harold Academy is underpinned by our core values of Challenge, Support and Inspire. The rationale behind the curriculum is that it is our belief that students should be versed in the “The best which has been thought and said” along with understanding the modern, changing world in which we live. For us Curriculum is Pedagogy; the essence of effective teaching and learning is how effectively we design series of lessons to enable students to fully understand what is being taught.
Across each year and each subject we challenge students to “think hard”, challenge their own beliefs and ideas they hold about themselves and the world around them. It is our belief that students should be exposed to, and well versed in the “The best which has been thought and Said” along with understanding the modern, changing world in which we live. Therefore all students study a programme of study at Key stage 3 which covers the foundations of; English, Maths, Science, Computer Science, History, Geography, Religious Studies, Art, Technology, Music, Drama French, German and Physical Education. At Key Stage 4 all of these are studied further with the addition of; Sociology, Animal Care, Food Technology, Business Studies, Food and Nutrition and Health and Social Care.
Subject curricula is planned in the knowledge that students develop their understanding by learning the basics of a subject and then once these are mastered students can be challenged to grapple with the big questions of a subject and apply their knowledge. Sequences of lessons are constructed so that students working memory is not overloaded (based on cognitive load theory) There are plenty of opportunities for students to go over learnt material in order to fully embed knowledge in long term memory. It is our belief that student learning is supported by well-planned series of lessons which “interrupt the forgetting” of learnt material by reviewing past knowledge in order to build new knowledge.
Students live and breath the daily life of school, they are inspired by our curriculum because while academically rigorous it is planned and delivered in an inspiring way. One of our beliefs is that “learning is not a spectator sport” we require students to “think hard” and inspire them to do so by teaching methods that foster independent thought (for more details see Teaching page). In addition, we give students a range of opportunities to engage and participate in activities outside of normal lessons. Trips to Universities and sixth forms along with excursions abroad help to inspire students.