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Curriculum overviews

The Key principles governing Curriculum planning are:

·        Lessons build on one another to allow for progression

·        Time is given to allow for depth of knowledge and personal study

·        Pupils are taught using the starting point of what is already known or can be shown ( concrete examples) through to the abstract concepts

·        That pupils learn better when lessons have meaning and as such cross-curricular lessons help to build skills and concepts within a topic

·        Key skills need to be directly taught and built upon in order to be perfected

·        Our pupils need to develop knowledge and skills which will enable them to embrace the demands of the workforce of the future



As a consequence we:

·        Do not expect staff to create lesson or weekly plans unless they wish to

·        Do not expect planning to be done using a particular format although guides are available for use

·        Do ask staff to share medium term planning with parents on a termly basis to help with home-school support

·        Use standardised tests to aid teacher judgement of progress and attainment and to help guide staff in finding gaps in knowledge and understanding

·        Minimise testing by collecting data at half termly intervals and using this data to influence planning

·        Use high quality texts, text books and resources to support planning and class delivery, including topic boxes on loan from the library service

·        Allow some flexibility regarding the curriculum to allow for changes in literature and when in the year, things are taught

·        Have no prescriptive content regarding topics, allowing for Curriculum skills and key knowledge to be taught in a way suitable to the class and for teacher’s to use their professional judgement and experience

·        Collaborate with others through the Executive arrangement with Arlecdon Primary


Topic Overviews: ( staff may change the order of these, if they wish)


Year A

Year B


Weather and seasons

Local celebrations

Light and Sound



The animal kingdom

Famous people




Thornhill since 1926

Living things and their habitats

Whitehaven and the seaside



Year A

Year B

Year C

Year D


Ancient Rome

Romans in Cumbria

Noman Conquest and castles

Role of the monarchy

Industrial Revolution

Ancient Greece

Biomes and climates


Political geography

Anglo Saxons

Around the World

Tourism and the lake district

Our mining history

Physical geography: earthquakes an tsunamis

Ancient Egypt



Land-use/ field study

Whitehaven’s sea-faring history

North and South America

Leisure in the 2oth Century

Contrasting localities in the UK

Early Britain- the stone and iron age

Settlements in the UK


Literature Focus/ Text:

*may be changed for a similar text


Year A

Year B


Follow the swallow*

Peace at last*

Stories with familiar settings


Coyote and the butterflies*

Stories from other cultures*


Traditional stories


Watch it grow*


Sharing a shell*

Stories by the same author



Year A

Year B

Year C

Year D



Narrative poetry

Shakespeare’s stories and legacy

Street Child*

Greek Myths


Why the Whales came*

Fairy Tales

Anansi Stories

Phillip Pullman-author*

Iron Man*

Journey to the River Sea*

Aesop’s fables



Viking Sagas


The Time travelling cat*

There’s a boy in the girl’s bathroom*

Billionaire Boy*

Varjak Paw*

Wolf Brother*

The work of Roald Dahl