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Our Knowledge Curriculum

All children have the right to a good quality education. UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (Article 28)

At Atlas Academy we expect the highest aspirations for our pupils. We want all children to learn and make academic progress no matter their starting points. We have a clear vision for what we want pupils to achieve during their time at Atlas and have designed our curriculum to give all pupils the knowledge, skills and understanding they will need in their future years.

The Big Picture

Our curriculum was designed by three key drivers:

  • language & vocabulary acquisition;
  • aspiration;
  • cultural awareness building.

This means that everything we do within our curriculum is shaped by these three aspects. We call this The BIG Picture.

British Values (BV) and spiritual, moral, social and cultural development (SMSC) underpin our curriculum. Click here to see how we encompass these at Atlas Academy.

Our Curriculum Intent

Basic Principles

  1. Our curriculum places ‘Powerful Knowledge’ – knowledge that takes pupils beyond their own experiences – at the heart of the primary curriculum.
  2. Learning is a change to long-term memory.
  3. Our pupils experience a wide breadth of study and have, by the end of each key stage, long-term memory of an ambitious body of procedural and semantic knowledge.
  4. Our curriculum is underpinned by the development of strong emotional and social skills. Positive interactions and good relationships within our learning community form the foundation of positive conditions for learning.

Click here to read our Curriculum Intent Statement. This will tell you our intent model, how we implement the curriculum and how we measure impact.

What we learn: curriculum content

Our curriculum is knowledge rich. It is progressive. It has been designed to ensure that our pupils are taught the content of the EYFS framework and the National Curriculum. The content of our curriculum is subject specific and based on the work of Alex Quigley and the Knowledge Schools Trust Primary Knowledge Curriculum. Subjects are taught discretely but we make intra-curricular links to strengthen schema where relevant and appropriate. Opportunities are planned across the curriculum to enable pupils to apply and connect knowledge, skills and understanding. This starts in the early years, where we have taken the EYFS framework and carefully planned a sequential and progressive learning journey that connects to the KS1/2 curriculum. (reference EYFS long term plan and KS1/2 overviews).

Our curriculum design is based on evidence from cognitive science. Three main principles underpin it:

  1. Learning is most effective with spaced repetition.
  2. Interleaving helps pupils to discriminate between topics and aids long-term retention.
  3. Retrieval of previously learned content is frequent and regular, which increases both storage and retrieval strength.

In addition to these principles, we also understand that learning is invisible in the short-term and that sustained mastery takes time.

Click here to view our curriculum. This will show you what children will be learning in each subject in each year group.

The curriculum areas

In this section you will find information on the different curriculum content areas. Please click on each area for more information:


Art & Design


Design & Technology





Phonics & Early Reading

Personal, Social, Health & Relationships Education

Physical Education

Religious Education