Core Knowledge

Knowledge is at the heart of the Bure Valley School curriculum, and is central to our belief that knowledge building better enables pupils to explore different opportunities and creatively apply what they know.

Currently, each subject has a set of core knowledge (developed by subject leaders) which we teach and reinforce. We are developing an approach that builds in opportunities for spaced retrieval practice and low stakes quizzing.

It is important that we work together to help your child with their learning and retention of their core knowledge. To help with this, all of our core knowledge is available for pupils and parents on this website. Additionally, maths and English core knowledge is in the back of pupil planners for ease of reference. Pupils also have access to an app called Quizlet, which allows them to learn and recall core knowledge in a fun and interactive way on line and on different devices.

We strongly encourage parents/carers to access our core knowledge material, as use it as much as possible, to support the learning of and retention of this important knowledge. Remembering key facts is a challenge for us all overtime. We can all recall bits info soon after learning them, but we need to support our pupils to be able to strengthen their long term memory and retention of core knowledge.

Some useful strategies:

  • Test your children often - frequent recall leads to better retention
  • Repetition is important - practice regularly
  • Set quizzes - everyone loves a quiz
  • Focus on a particular subject or mix it up
  • Randomise what you learn or ask

Key points:

  • Remembering knowledge is a challenge for everyone
  • We can strengthen long term memory and better apply it the more we practice
  • Inactive memories can be forgotten
  • Keep practicing retrieving info from deep within it. Our brains can get better at doing this
  • Space learning over different periods of time – keep revisiting the booklet, the tests and quizzes you set
  • Most of all – make sure it’s low stakes and fun
  • Knowing the basics can help you apply your knowledge to more challenging problems and will help pupils to make links to other subjects and topics (we call this a schema of knowledge)