Our curriculum approach is grounded in the best available evidence from a wide range of disciplines, including cognitive science, psychology and educational effectiveness research.
We have translated some of the most robust empirical findings into design principles at each level of our curriculum.
To achieve the best results, it is important that everyone in your school understands these principles and builds the 'mental models' of why they have been chosen and how they are effective.
There are three sessions that we believe sets the scene for using the Reach Out Curriculum, they are:
- Part I: The Science of Learning;
- Part II: Implementing the Curriculum; and
- Part III: Enacting the Curriculum.
Over the coming weeks we will share a voice-over slideshow of each of these three presentations. The first on the Science of Learning, is below.
We have filmed examples of all of our lesson elements and believe that these can be used to train and support teachers delivering the curriculum. The lesson elements are available to download below. You can review the Primary films on our channel here. Below you can download a proforma for a CPD session using the films of the lesson elements for staff.
We will be providing a webinar for each unit prior to it starting. These will be recorded so that teachers can watch them in their own time or attend the webinar live and discuss the unit with one of experienced designers and teachers.
If we want pupils to remember the things that we teach them, we need to make sure that the key information stored in their memories have a high retrieval strength.
Self-quizzing is one of the most effective ways to help all pupils improve their ability to quickly recall key facts; crucial to higher order thinking and to prevent cognitive overload. Jon has created an excellent short film that we share with parents to support quizzing at home, based on the Leitner System.
If you'd like to learn more about working memory and retrieval strength, you can read more by clicking here.
At the end of every unit, pupils write an extended essay. This gives them a chance to apply their knowledge and develop their thinking. In due course, we will publish examples and 'anchors' for each unit, which will give real examples of different levels of writing for each unit.