In the business curriculum knowledge is carefully sequenced which allows the department to build deeper understanding of the concepts and theory of business. For example, pupils need to learn about the ways in which a profit is generated before they can analyse the impact of decisions made on costs and revenue. Similarly, learning about Human Resources activities before those in other business functions enables pupils to make more secure connections between them – for example being able to link types of training to different production methods.
We use an approach where knowledge is reinforced by using different methods, such as embedding theoretical knowledge with application to different business contexts. This enables pupils to develop disciplinary knowledge as well as the substantive subject content – “being able to think and make decisions like a business person.”
In order to embed prior knowledge into pupils’ long-term memory, the department consistently uses the following techniques:
- Retrieval practice at the beginning of lessons;
- Knowledge organisers to help students learning and as a quick overview of the topic for revision purposes,
- Links to real-life situations, previous experiences and cross-curricular connections.