Knowledge, Enlightenment and Discovery: The KED Curriculum at Knighton House
How it Started
The need for a new curriculum was identified early on; our gradual withdrawal of Humanities from ISEB Common Entrance testing at 13+ led to the idea that all subjects could be withdrawn, and an alternative and worthy curriculum devised to replace it.
The name of our curriculum – KED – comes from Knowledge, Enlightenment and Discovery, the name we already used for our programme of careers talks for Year 7 and Year 8.
The learning dispositions underpin the KED curriculum. A learning disposition defines the way a learner goes about their learning; we believe how you learn is as important as what you learn.
There are core dispositions for each year group, which we grow and build over time; for example, in Nursery, Observation and Imagination; in Year 6, Method and Resilience and in their final year, for Year 8, Self-knowledge and Evaluation.
A full list of learning dispositions for each year group is available on request.
What You Will See in the Classroom
Our classrooms look like most others and our pupils learn across the range of curriculum subjects. Subjects are specialist taught from very early – IT, Art and Music from Year 1, for example. In Year 5, Science is taught by a specialist and pupils have the added benefit of lessons in the Science Lab. All pupils learn French, adding a further language – Latin or Spanish -in Year 6. What sets our classrooms apart is the dialogue between staff and learners. Expect to hear pupils use the language of the learning dispositions and for lessons to actively demonstrate them.
Benefits of the KED Curriculum
Growing the learning dispositions with care, over time we develop in our pupils the concepts which allow them to meet the demands of their current and future learning, confidently.
Importantly, we are not only preparing pupils for their transition to senior school, but we are also preparing them for transitions throughout their whole lives.