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St Sebastian's CofE Primary School

Together in Faith, We Aspire to Achieve Excellence

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All lessons build on prior learning and teachers support children to learn and remember more through:

  • Opportunities to develop content knowledge alongside process knowledge. Scientific enquiry (process knowledge) embedded in each topic, revisited and built upon throughout their time in school;
  • A knowledge organiser which outlines sticky knowledge (including vocabulary) all children must master;
  • Concept cartoons and mind maps are used to elicit prior knowledge and understanding on which to build learning and encourage children to pose questions and spark their curiosity;
  • A cycle of lessons for each topic, which carefully plan for progression and depth;
  • Low stakes tests or quizzes to support learners’ ability to block learning and increase space in the working memory;
  • Elaborative questioning to challenge pupils to apply their learning in a range of ways;
  • Trips and visits from experts who will enhance the learning experience;
  • A big emphasis on practical investigation, encouraging children to find answers to questions they raise.
  • Specialist vocabulary for topics taught and built up.
  • Opportunities for curriculum adaptation and challenge, pre-teaching and interventions for those children who may require it, including those with SEN, throughout a topic or prior to a new topic being taught.