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The Core Knowledge Sequence UK

The Core Knowledge Sequence UK is a year-by-year outline of the specific and shared content and skills to be taught in Years 1 to 6. This springboard for learning provides the foundation for a sound, well-rounded education in the arts, humanities and sciences.

Current events and technology are constantly changing, but there remains a significant body of enduring knowledge and skills that form the foundation of a strong curriculum.


All children should be able to unlock the library of the world's literature; to comprehend the world around them; to understand where they stand (literally) on the globe, and to realise the heritage that the history of their country has bestowed on them. In order to achieve this, it is important for every child to learn the fundamentals of mathematics; basic principles of science; theories and structures of government; significant events and themes from history; masterpieces of art, music and literature from around the world; and stories and poems that have been passed down through the generations.

By explicitly identifying what children should learn in each academic year, it is possible to ensure a coherent approach to developing cumulative knowledge across all school years, making the most efficient and effective use of teaching time.

Over the past 20 years, the Core Knowledge Foundation has developed and refined the Core Knowledge Sequence in partnership with schools implementing the curriculum. Our 2013 edition of the anglicised Sequence UK reflects these practical insights gained by real teachers and real pupils in real classrooms.

What topics are covered in the Sequence UK?

Click here to see the full table including all of the details of the Sequence UK.