Curriculum Intent


Curriculum Intent Organisers are intended to make curriculum intent clear and accessible for staff, students and parents – which will in turn support curriculum implementation and student tracking of their progress against expected knowledge acquisition and understanding.  Thus, CIOs provide the framework for setting out the aims of a programme of education, including the knowledge and understanding to be gained at each stage.

Use – Students and Parents

All students should have a copy of the Curriculum Intent Organiser for the unit of work currently being studied in their subject exercise book.  They can also access the CIO via the website by clicking on the links below.  CIOs are used to introduce the content of a unit of work, as a reference point during the unit of work and to support assessment and identification of knowledge that is missing or not yet secure at the end of a unit of work.

Students can use CIOs in the following way:

Read through the relevant CIO.

Highlight or tick boxes for statements you can confidently do.

Any that you cannot highlight or tick:

  1. Write out the statement
  2. Find the relevant section/support/information in the textbook
  3. Write/draw a response to the statement

Parents can support their children in their learning by using the CIO to test knowledge, encourage and support independent study of the CIO content and as a basis for discussion of what their child(ren) is/are learning at school.

Curriculum Intent Organisers vs Knowledge Organisers

Curriculum Intent Organisers are NOT Knowledge Organisers.  Knowledge Organisers do not, by themselves, constitute a curriculum.  The curriculum must be built with all manner of materials, and is best developed drawing from a range of thoughtful minds.  CIOs can provide the basis for professional conversation and joint planning around the intent of the curriculum – what the middle leader of a curriculum area of the school or within a Multi-Academy Trust expects learners to learn.