Our Knebworth Curriculum

We believe that all children at Knebworth School are entitled to a broad, balanced curriculum, which celebrates the importance of the whole child and does not deprive children of the essential intellectual, artistic, physical and emotional nourishment they need to develop into well-rounded individuals. All children at Knebworth School regardless of their circumstances will have the opportunity to develop their whole self through separate curriculum disciplines. We have developed our curriculum in each discipline over time to reflect what our children need to know in order to be successful in life.

They will establish the knowledge (deep roots) and develop key skills (branches) which will lead to high aspirations.

Knebworth School has developed its own bespoke curriculum, which is coherent, purposeful and builds on cumulative knowledge. We recognise the importance and integrity of each subject discipline and ensure that each discipline is specifically taught and regarded with equal value. We firmly believe this is the most consistent way of building on each discipline’s core principles in an honest and purposeful way to ensure the development of our pupils. Links are made in a cross-curricular way to enhance and enrich understanding rather than to confuse and degrade a subject. Disciplines are organised and monitored through Curriculum Teams, which have a collective vision based on their shared knowledge and skills.

We believe that our role as educators is to pass on essential knowledge to our children. This knowledge has arisen from centuries of learning and allows our children to make sense of the world around them and understand how to improve it. This knowledge opens doors for all our children and has the power to liberate them, enable them to become responsible citizens of the world and make change.

Equally, Knebworth School believes that in order to be able to fully utilise and build on this knowledge, children need to develop essential skills. Skills are needed so that any new knowledge can be filtered, examined, clarified and applied. For the children of Knebworth School, we have planned a bespoke curriculum, which has the balance of both knowledge and skills.

“It is important to view knowledge as a sort of semantic tree - make sure you understand the fundamental principles i.e. the trunk and big branches before you get into the leaves /details or there is nothing for them to hang on to.” Elon Musk.

To view our Curriculum Profile and individual subject matrices please click on the relevant kite icons below.

Each subject leader has also recorded a short summary video to explain the intent, implementation and impact of their subject at Knebworth School.  Click on the relevant buttons below to view these videos.

To view our year group overviews please visit the relevant year group page which can be located on the 'What we Learn' tab.


Knebworth Curriculum Profile

Indoor PE


Modern Foreign Languages (MFL)