Core Knowledge Sequence
Ridgeview Charter School uses the Core Knowledge curriculum for Kindergarten through 5th grade. Core Knowledge is content-rich, coherent, cross-curricular, and cumulative, meaning it builds over time
Essentially, the idea behind Core Knowledge is for students to be equipped with the background knowledge that is essential for them to be successful in high school and in college.
The Core Knowledge Sequence provides a detailed outline of specific content and skills to be taught in language arts, history, geography, mathematics, science, visual arts, and music.
– Language Arts
As well as learning skills in reading and writing, students read a variety of works from many cultures, including poetry, folk tales, myths, and longer works such as classic novels and plays. Nonfiction topics from other subjects in the Sequence (especially History and Science) may be effectively integrated during Language Arts instruction
– History and Geography (World and American)
In World and American History, students learn stories of major events and figures from prehistory to modern times. The content builds chronologically grade by grade to help children gain a greater understanding of the development and interactions of world civilizations and cultures, as well as the formation of the United States and principles of American democracy.
The study of geography embraces many topics intended to develop a spatial sense of the world and awareness of specific regions and cultures. It builds an understanding of the relations between place and culture and between people and their environment.
– Visual Arts
In Visual Arts, students learn about the elements of art, such as light, line, color, and perspective. They are introduced to various art forms, such as sculpture, portraits, still life, landscapes, and architecture. They learn about movements in art, such as realism, Impressionism, and abstraction. They are introduced to many specific artists and artworks in relation to their studies in World and American History, including art from ancient and medieval times; the Renaissance; Islamic art and architecture; and African, Chinese, Japanese, and American art (from early American folk art to modern American painting).
In Music, students are exposed to a wide variety of music from jazz to orchestral music, as well as vocal music that includes spirituals, folk songs, and patriotic songs. They learn about composers and their music, the elements of music (such as beat and rhythm), basic notation, families of instruments, and vocal ranges.
The detailed guidelines in the Core Knowledge Sequence can help schools ensure that the programs they follow comprehensively address important mathematical skills and concepts that build grade by grade. The Core Knowledge Foundation is in the process of reviewing Mathematics curriculum products in order to recommend effective programs to Core Knowledge schools
In Science, students are introduced early to topics in life science and physical science and then revisit many of these topics in greater depth in later grades. Topics include living things and their environments, the human body, cycles in nature, ecology, geology, meteorology, magnetism, simple machines, light and optics, sound, matter, electricity, and concepts in chemistry and physics. Each grade level also specifies basic biographical study of individuals who have made important contributions in science.
Knowledge-based schooling puts the emphasis of early education on teaching and learning an enabling core of broadly shared knowledge—enabling because it builds strong foundations for later learning and opens doors to effective participation and mutual understanding in the wider society. Such knowledge is possessed by successful adults and taken for granted by literate writers and speakers. It’s the broad and diverse knowledge that makes responsible citizenship possible.