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Learn to spot the signs of child abuse, and if you think it, report it 👇 https://t.co/ViHZoWjHgI Let’s https://t.co/3RfCKrO0KU


We have just signed up for this. A visit from Joe would have a huge impact on our young pupils. Come on Joe, you've got to come. We're the school next door to the Castle! Thank you for letting us know about this. https://t.co/pEsDP8TvDc


We must never assume we understand someone else’s story. We must give children opportunities to tell their stories- the stories of themselves. https://t.co/ayyysqMOOj


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Sir Frederick Gibberd College

We are now recruiting teaching staff for our brand-new school opening in 2019 with an academic sixth form opening in 2020. Non-teaching vacancies to follow. https://t.co/tSLg5l252e


Pupils in Willow celebrated their learning about money, cooking and customer service when they opened up their cafe this week for their families. https://t.co/DDgu8Y3cfq


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SF Said

The books we love when we're young are the ones that CHANGE OUR LIVES FOREVER. So please, never stop working to get books into the hands of children – on , and every day! https://t.co/86v4eb7iql (Art: Quentin Blake) https://t.co/1Mh3NGgnTq


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Schools Week

The Duchess of Cambridge has called for more wellbeing support for teachers. So what can school leaders do? https://t.co/oHOdipPiMP


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Literacy Trust

"Every seemingly small interaction between a parent and a child is a great opportunity to fill that child’s world with words." Our Head of Home Learning Environment Judith explains our new initiative with on our blog: https://t.co/Zo9aNLYXR8 https://t.co/G4paCuZD4Y


The differences between families are being celebrated by primary school pupils. Magna Carta Primary Academy is making work around diversity a priority as it teaches children while everyone is different, they are all included. Full story - https://t.co/l9a3zZ8SMD https://t.co/TF1HCZph8p


Parents at our growing school are helping to provide a wealth of opportunities for children. With Magna Carta Primary Academy in just its third year, parents are stepping forward and offering their expertise. Full story - https://t.co/KLA1Y3netF https://t.co/wP3HAygbnQ


Our first training session was a hit at lunchtime yesterday. Nothing like long distance running to blow those cobwebs away. https://t.co/6HoFn0BO4Q


One of our youngest pupils demonstrating how she can pluck and play the violin with her bow. https://t.co/9PztJbHrhl


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Current Lauren Child says if we don’t take children’s books seriously, we’re not taking children seriously - especially as they can help their worries and fears. “The role is a chance to debate things.” https://t.co/FK7OXixa9Q


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Just think about all the incredible stories these wonderful people have gifted us. The hours of joy. The children’s lives they’ve touched ❤️❤️❤️ https://t.co/7xWXkTb05K


Thank you to the parents who came to this evening’s behaviour and anti-bullying workshop.


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Topsy and Tim

It's all change tomorrow, as we jump forward to the end of term and anticipate the arrival of the new baby at 11.35am on CBeebies! https://t.co/4C8sQjZtGR


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Alan Wylie

Hundreds march against library closures in Essex https://t.co/ktZAgo8r83


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Jennifer Broder, MD

Shout out to . I used your son’s brilliant observation in a lecture on today! ❤️ Just Culture understands that even the most highly trained professionals make mistakes and consoles human error. https://t.co/PCi4RhDIda


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Snapchat lets kids keep up-to-date with friends. But what security settings help them stay safe?


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The simple fact is that children feel safest, happiest and actually learn the best when they live and operate as part of a tribe, writes https://t.co/gW0KfrEBhs


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Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world. Nelson Mandela

The Case for Knowledge

Primary school is not just a place where basic skills are developed. It is where fundamental knowledge and vocabulary should be built up, and that will determine that pupil’s long-term ability to gain further knowledge and vocabulary. Knowledge is necessary for far more than being able to access the English Literature A Level paper. It’s crucial to society and feeling part of it.

Read this extract from A Hope in the Unseen by Ron Suskind:

‘He begins to wander, gazing at titles and authors: Sylvia Plath’s The Bell Jar, Hemingway’s For Whom the Bell Tolls, a biography of Theodore Roosevelt, another of Woodrow Wilson. All people from another country. Some of the names sound vaguely familiar. Most draw a blank… He looks to his left. Martin Gilbert’s new biography Churchill, A Life is piled five feet high… Oh god, he thinks. I should know who that is.’

Add to that, Virginia Woolf, Karl Marx and other intellectuals of western culture. Our pupils will not be able to take part in conversations about them if they are cut off from knowledge- a cultural capital- that others may take for granted. The national curriculum is not enough.


Principles of the Curriculum


Magna Carta’s curriculum:


  • Is underpinned by aims, values and purpose. These are the curriculum drivers. 
  • Draws on the knowledge children need.
  • Has a local, national and global dimension.
  • Drives what is taught and what is assessed.
  • Is filled with rich, 1st hand purposeful experiences.
  • Develops the whole person- intellectual, creative, skills, understanding, social, moral, physical and attitudes.
  • Is flexible, responsive to individual needs and interests.
  • Embeds the principle of sustainability.
  • Develops talents to the full.
  • Is broad, balanced and has clear progression in subject knowledge and skills.
  • Is designed and taught by experts.
  • Keeps an eye on the future and needs of future citizens.
  • Encourages the use of environments and expertise beyond the classroom (identify and exploit local resources).
  • Makes meaningful links between areas of knowledge across the curriculum and the major issues of our time.


Practicalities of the Curriculum:


  • The teaching and learning of core knowledge.
  • Fewer topics studied within curriculum areas.
  • Topics studied in depth.
  • A scheme of work in every subject, in every key stage.
  • Termly assessments in every subject in key stages one and two (to include learning from previous terms and years within the key stage).
  • The teaching and development of thinking skills (embedded within subjects).
  • The teaching of Classics, including Latin from Key Stage 2.
  • The teaching of Religious Education and Theology from Key Stage 1. 
  • The teaching of Biology in Key Stage 1.
  • The teaching of Biology, Chemistry and Physics from Key Stage 2.
  • Subject specialist teaching in PE and Spanish, with a view to subject specialist teaching in Music, Art and Design Technology. 


The Curriculum Drivers


Our curriculum is driven by:

  • embedding a knowledge of the world;
  • enabling investigation and enquiry;
  • encouraging enterprise and aspiration;
  • affording a local, national and global perspective.


What is meant by each curriculum driver?


Knowledge of the World

  • ensures pupils have a core knowledge of historical events and figures and the impact they have had on our world;
  • ensures pupils have a core knowledge of classical civilisations and their impact on our world, including references made in literature;
  • equips pupils with a comprehensive knowledge of world geography;  
  • promotes cultural awareness and celebrates diversity;
  • relates learning to real life contexts;
  • develops pupils’ cultural literacy by giving them a secure knowledge of theology and are mindful of the universal questions that have troubled humankind through the ages;
  • explores the impact of important individuals in our world;
  • enables pupils to discover how and why things work;
  • raises environmental awareness;
  • uses technology effectively.


Enterprise and Aspiration

  • exposes pupils to a non-exhaustive range of career possibilities;
  • promotes enterprise;
  • teaches pupils to be financially responsible;
  • enables pupils to learn from failed enterprise initiatives.


Investigation and Enquiry

  • promotes pupils being inquisitive and questioning;
  • encourages pupils to be resourceful and independent in their learning;
  • provides opportunities for independent thinking and application of skills;
  • develops collaborative learning;
  • provides opportunities for purposeful 1st hand experiences;
  • encourages positive risk taking;
  • equips pupils with the skills they need to manage information;
  • actively requires pupils to persevere and improve through evaluation;
  • nurtures problem solvers.


Local, National and Global

  • maximises opportunities for purposeful learning in the outdoors;
  • develops a sense of awe and wonder, adventure and respect for nature;
  • supports parents in teaching pupils to distinguish between right and wrong and to be responsible for their behaviour and respect the laws of England;
  • encourages respect for democracy, public institutions and services in the UK;
  • provides pupils with opportunities to make a difference and contribute positively to the school and wider community;
  • encourages the use of environments and expertise beyond the classroom;
  • encourages harmony by appreciating and respecting pupils’ own and other cultures;
  • inspires pupils to travel the world;
  • examines global and social mobility.



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