Key Concepts

A concept is a mental representation of a thing or a class of things. ‘Key’ concepts are ones judged to be particularly important in a certain context. This includes a sense of scale and range, as well as importance, within the subject.

At Chaddlewood, key concepts are used as longitudinal themes to link the subject together to ensure that the curriculum is continually reinforced and so that pupils remember more in the long term.

We have created our own key concept symbols. These are added to our resources and are used to tie current understanding to previous.

A child's age, the context and the topic that we are learning, impacts on how explicitedly we teach these. 

Main Question

Main questions are used in history, geography and design and technology to explore each curriculum module. These are used to ensure that the learning that children experience remains focussed.

Key Questions
Key questions are used to answer the overall main question of a unit of work in history, geography and design and technology. They are also used in all other subjects to support learning. These are developed from the key concepts. Key questions are used to assess children’s prior knowledge at the start of a unit. Retrieval practice is used to assess children's understanding throughout a unit of work. Planning and follow up lessons are then adapted accordingly.