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Nottingham Primary Academy

Knowledge and Understanding of the World Curriculum

Knowledge and Understanding of the World (KUW) covers History, Geography and Religious Education. The aim of these curriculum areas is to broaden children’s horizons and get them to appreciate the diversity of the world we live in. These are key drivers for the rest of our curriculum as we want our children’s learning to be purposeful and interconnected. Literacy and the teaching of reading and writing, for example, is linked to our KUW topics in each year group, enabling our children to write for meaning and purpose.

Our curriculum is taught in a creative and imaginative way, which is designed to inspire a sense of curiosity and fascination about the world and its people. Lessons typically involve using a wide range of information sources and a high level of interaction. Built into KUW are numerous activities, which enrich children’s learning such as out of school visits to museums and famous landmarks, and a wide range of visitors from the Academy community and beyond.

In History, children learn about key events and aspects of life from Britain’s past and historical periods from around the world. In Geography, the children develop their locational knowledge and learn more about the human and physical processes which have shaped landscapes and environments around the world. Religious Education raises children’s awareness of the different beliefs, customs and traditions of different world faiths.