Curriculum is mapped against the A-level specification with opportunities identified on how to move beyond it.
Knowledge is sequenced in a coherent manner, with opportunities for synoptic links identified on SoW.
Multimedia resources, with range of pedagogic approaches, including pupil-led learning.
Planned trips to Candle Conference connecting the classroom to wider academic community.
The new Ofsted framework makes clear that curriculum design should take into account how pupils learn. Some useful websites:
Lots of downloadable materials, including short, practical guides on retrieval practice, spacing and metacognition.
Beautifully illustrated posters and other resources on various learning strategies including dual coding, interleaving and concrete examples.
Regular quizzes present opportunities to revisit past topics and help pupils making connections between topics. For example, a quiz on the Attributes of God, might include questions about Ancient Greek concepts of God. The list of synoptic links on the Scheme of Work can help plan these questions.
Retrieval grids, quizes, brain dumps, knowledge organisers.
Exit tickets asking pupils what they've learnt and what needs clarifying.
Philosophy and Ethics is full of challenging, abstract concepts. Thought experiments and concrete examples help pupils to understand the concepts and are written into the Scheme of Work.
The Writing Revolution, developed by Judith Hochman, supports the teaching of writing from the sentence level to whole essays.
Voice 21 is a national organisation to promote oracy in schools. Signing up allows you to download a range of useful tools.
Promoting a love of reading and scholarship by identifying texts for each unit, writting into the Scheme of Work and available on Philosophy Cat.
Pupils are taught about how to annotate philosophy texts and note-taking.
See the Reading page for more details.
Using the Hochman method, pupils are taught how to write, from the sentence level.
See the Writing page for more details.
Encouraging confidence with the material by using a range of oracy strategies, including role cards, small group and whole class debates and presentations.
Vocabulary is the foundation of literacy and thought has been given in identifying important Tier 2 and Tier 3 vocabulary and using a range of strategies to promote mastery of key terms, including word walls and quizzes.