Core Knowledge Introduction

We believe that learning should be rich, varied and exciting.

The New Model School curriculum is based on Core Knowledge, a comprehensive and knowledge-based curriculum, which has been adapted for the UK by the research group Civitas from the US original, devised by ED Hirsch.

Professor James Comer of the Yale Child Study Center wrote in Parents magazine: "Hirsch made it quite clear (in Cultural Literacy) that respect for cultural diversity is important but is best achieved when young people have adequate background knowledge of mainstream culture. In order for a truly democratic and economically sound society to be maintained, young people must have access to the best knowledge available so that they can understand the issues, express their viewpoints and act accordingly".

The 2014 UK Primary National Curriculum is largely inspired by the Hirsch approach, but we want much more for our pupils.  Core Knowledge goes beyond the limits of the National Curriculum, providing additional content that is both challenging and engaging.



Core Knowledge starts in Year One and prepares children for a lifetime of learning. Building upon all the key skills and areas of learning that we offer children from Reception onwards, we impart to every child a first-class knowledge-based education in the arts and sciences. Our curriculum and teaching methods aim above all at the transmission of knowledge, which we believe is the best way to inspire a child with the thirst for a wider and deeper understanding of the world. It lays the foundations for an expanding grasp of a wide range of subjects later on in education.

We believe passionately that our approach ensures that our children's mental horizons are progressively expanded beyond their everyday experience.

Sport and creative arts such as Art, Music, Drama and Dance are also vital to a child's development, so we provide a wide range of these activities.

Residential trips, excursions and activities within the local community further enhance our pupils' educational experience and help them to develop confidence and independence.  An extensive range of after-school clubs are organised each term. The activities range from chess club to art club and from science club to athletics club.

The NMS Teaching and Learning Committee (TLC) oversees the curriculum; to find out more about its work of the TLC click here.

For more information, read the Core Knowledge FAQs or visit the Core Knowledge website coreknowledge.org.uk.