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Curriculum overviews

Our Curriculum allows us to provide the following areas of learning:

  • Learning how to write (KS1) To become proficient writers ( KS2)
  • Learning to read and enjoy books ( KS1) To understand and appreciate a range of literature ( KS2)
  • Scientific knowledge and enquiry
  • Mathematics ( KS1) To apply mathematical knowledge to solve problems ( KS2)
  • Physical fitness, co-ordination and sport
  • Technology and computing
  • Learning about the world
  • Communication and creativity
  • Learning about British Values
  • Learning Behaviours
  • Our learning community
  • Learning about me

 

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 only five intervals and by 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
  • 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

 

*NB.  Maths, English and PE do not follow a formal plan. English topics are often linked to afternoon sessions. Immersion in whole texts is recommended.

 

*suggested hours

 

EYFS - Nursery and Reception

Topics will be pupil-led where possible, staff may also choose from topics from each bank

 

Year A Year B
Dinosaurs, Pets, Jungle, Space Seaside, holidays, vehicles, under the sea, mini-beasts, construction,
castles, farms, trains, toys and games, water, traditional tales
   
The weather, homes, woods and forests, polar areas, pond life, traditional tales Room on the Broom, Growing things,
   
The Gruffalo, playing games, Our bodies, India, making music,
   
Our village, fruit and vegetables, Money and shopping, festivals,
   
People who help us, Kings and Queens Seasonal pictures
   
Growing things, recycling, celebrations,  
   
Seasonal pictures, Road safety,  

 

KS1 - Years 1 and 2

 

Subject Year A Year B
History
(30 hours*)
Events beyond living memory of significance- ( Great fire of London, Gunpowder plot) Changes in Britain since 1950- transport, toys, food and eating, schools
   
Significant Individuals- Mary Seacole/ Florence Nightingale, Neil Armstrong, Henry Viii, Elizabeth 1, Changes locally since 1900- growth as a village
   
Local significant individuals- Wainwright, Wordsworth, Eddie Stobbart Historical buildings locally choose from: Hadrian’s wall, Florence Mine, Muncaster Castle, Workington Hall, Rum Story
Geography
(30 hours)
The world around us- continents, oceans and the UK Weather and Climate in the UK and the world- severe weather in the UK and around the world
   
Our locality- human and physical features of the village/ West Cumbria Compass directions- 4 points and directional language
   
Another locality -human and physical features of a village/ town in Africa (or) South America Maps – human and physical features, create own simple map with symbols. Study of school grounds and village.
Religious Education
(30 hours)
Christianity- Old Testament stories Christianity- stories Jesus told/ stories about Jesus
Local church focus Celebrations for marriage, birth, death, significant celebrations in other religions
   
Sikhism- what do they believe? Daily life? Festivals and worship Respecting religions/ collaboration
   
Thoughts about God  
Computing
(30 hours)
typing- use of a keyboard, word processing skills online safety
   
How do devices work? ( bee-bots) typing- use of a keyboard- word processing skills
   
Art- making pictures/ collages simple programming on and off screen including scratch/ purple mash
Design Technology
(15 hours)
Design, make and evaluate: Design, make and evaluate:
Bridges ( over a Lake District river) A vehicle/ toy which moves
A boat which will float A castle with a drawbridge
A healthy snack/s Clothing which is waterproof
Science
(45 hours)
Seasonal changes ( 4 times in the year) Materials and their uses- including local focus ( mining)
   
Animals living things and their habitats- including local focus ( lake district/ beach)
   
Plants Human bodies
PSHE
(30 hours)
People who help us- including emergency services Who are special people to us?
   
Keeping ourselves safe Money matters
   
Keeping healthy- food and fitness Our community/ school
   
Looking after animals Making the right choices
   
Respecting differences Friendship
   
  Being Environmentally friendly
Art and Design
(15 hours)
Sketching- Our locality Sketching- Our school
Painting- Self portraits Painting- beach habitat/ patterns from nature
Collage- Seasonal link (eg) Autumn Collage- beach habitat
Printing- fruits and vegetables Printing- Seasonal link ( leaves)
shadows and colour 3D modelling- paper mache
3D modelling- salt dough Artist focus: ‘nature’ or ‘water’
Artist focus: ‘people’ or ‘landscapes’  
   
Music
(20 hours)
Learn 5 songs and perform to an audience Learn 5 songs and perform to an audience
   
Use percussion instruments which can be hit, plucked or shaked- choose appropriate ones Use percussion instruments which can be hit, plucked or shaked- choose appropriate ones
   
Learn and discuss volume, pitch and tempo- explore tuned instruments Listen to music with different genres- discuss and create own similar pieces
Pictorial representation / notation for composed pieces Pictorial representation / notation for composed pieces
   
Listen to music from different time periods and discuss this, creating own similar pieces Make own musical instruments

 

KS2 - Years 3, 4, 5, and 6

 

Subject Year A Year B Year C Year D
History
(30 hours*)
Early People In Britain- Stone and Iron age and impact of Roman Invasion The Vikings- invasions and impact Ancient Greece and achievements including culture, medicine and politics- Ancient Egypt study
       
Roman presence in Cumbria( and beyond) . Focus on Carlisle/ Maryport and ‘Reiver’ history Norman invasion in 1066- local presence- Egremont Castle, Carlisle Castle History of democracy from ancient Greece to modern day The Mayan’s – a study
       
Anglo-Saxon life, examples of local Anglo-Saxon settlements Changing roles of Women from early to modern times History of immigration to the UK/ Black History of the UK Personal study: Economic changes in the locality-
      changes in farming
      changes in tourism
      changes in how energy is produced: from mining to nuclear
Geography
(30 hours)
The UK- human and physical features, using an atlas. Our locality in context The world- longitude/ latitude, Equator and Time zones, climates and biomes Europe- countries, cities and climates- key places/ characteristics South America focus ( linked to Mayan’s)
Our region- The Lake District ( human and physical features) compare to a city ( York/ Edinburgh/ London) volcanoes, tsunami and earthquakes Europe focus – Greece ( linked to History) Human geography- settlements and land use locally and in UK- sketches, maps and carrying out field work
The journey of water- the water cycle ( local rivers – Ennerdale Water) 8 point compasses   use of grid references on maps, ordnance survey maps
Religious Education
(30 hours)
Christianity- relationships including marriage ( comparisons between religions) Christianity- The Bible and other religious books, why are they important? Christianity- key festivals (eg) Easter/ Harvest Christianity- living a Christian life (eg- charity, examples of significant individuals, importance of prayer)
       
Hinduism- Hindus abroad and in the UK Diversity and religious tolerance Islam focus -celebrations, worship, pilgrimages and the rituals which mark important points in life Questions of faith- life after death/ evolution and the beginnings of earth
Computing
(30 hours)
online safety- safe searching online safety- critical thinking online safety- personal data online safety- acceptable behaviour
       
word processing word processing word processing word processing
       
Coding- make a Lake district themed game Coding- make a maze game linked to compass points coding- make an ancient themed Greek game coding-
       
Powerpoint- make an informative powerpoint linked to topic work Simple excel spreadsheets to calculate powerpoint- make an informative powerpoint linked to topic work 3D modelling- make a plan view ( Geography link)
       
Create an explore databases Recording sounds/ making music   Monitoring and measuring- temperature, sound ect ( Geography link)
Design Technology
(15 hours)
Design, make and evaluate products which build technical skills Design, make and evaluate products which build technical skills Design, make and evaluate products which build technical skills Design, make and evaluate products which build technical skills
       
Cooking- cakes and biscuits Cooking- savoury dishes/ where does food come from? Cooking- local ingredients Cooking- international dishes
       
Exploring strength- Money box (PSHE link) Roman shields ( History link) Exploring textiles- clothing project Electrical system using a buzzer or light Exploring movement- fairground rides
       
Growing vegetables in the school grounds Exploring materials – habitats for local wildlife (eg) bird box/ insect house (Science link) Growing vegetables Creativity and aesthetic- making dream catchers (or) prayer pillows
PSHE
(30 hours)
Sex and Relationships Education Drug and Alcohol Education Sex and Relationships Education Drug and Alcohol Education
       
Money Matters- where does money come from? Importance of the freedom of speech- rights and responsibilities of freedom Money Matters- banks and keeping money safe Rights and responsibilities
       
Healthy lifestyles Expressing feelings- my mental well-being Democracy and the rule of law ( law and you) Charities – what do they do?
       
Friendship, bullying, cyber-bullying Enterprise education- working together The environment- reduce, reuse, recycle Helping others- what to do in an emergency
       
Careers Education- what jobs do people do?     Enterprise education- working together
       
Art and Design
(15 hours)
Sketching- landscapes Sketching- portraits Sketching- Sketching- comic
Painting- landscapes ( lake district) Painting- portraits ( modern art – Warhol) perspective charcoal- still life (nature)
3d art/ sculpture- History link 3d art/ sculpture- Painting- Hindu art ( RE link) 3d art/ sculpture- linked to topics
Printing- Street art project Printing- Viking link Greek sculpture- use of clay ( bowls) Printing- linked to topics
Sewing/ weaving- History link Sewing/ weaving- Bayeaux tapestry Printing- Use of vegetables and fruit Sewing/ weaving-
  (History link) Sewing/ weaving- Christmas card Mayan craft-
artist focus: ‘modern art’ artist focus: ‘people’ artist focus: ‘pattern’ artist focus: ‘ global art’
Languages
(20 hours)
Greetings Greetings Greetings Greetings
Myself- who I am, my family and where I live Schools and learning Food and Drink Out and About- travel
  Likes/ dislikes Shopping  
Music
(20 hours)
Learn 5 songs and perform to an audience including ones with several parts Learn 5 songs and perform to an audience including ones with several parts Learn 5 songs and perform to an audience including ones with several parts Learn 5 songs and perform to an audience including ones with several parts
       
Use tuned/ untuned instruments to accompany singing or other pieces of music Use tuned/ untuned instruments to accompany singing or other pieces of music Use tuned/ untuned instruments to accompany singing or other pieces of music Use tuned/ untuned instruments to accompany singing or other pieces of music
       
compose music- ‘Lake District’ Musical notation- learn notes and create short pieces using tuned instruments listen to work of significant composers and comment on their style Musical notation- learn notes and create short pieces using tuned instruments
       
Musical notation- learn notes and create short pieces using tuned instruments Listen to world music and explore the instruments used Musical notation- learn notes and create short pieces using tuned instruments Listen to different musical genres and compare: dance, hip-hop, gospel, soul
       
Listen to different musical genres and compare: Early Music, Classical, Choral, gospel, opera   Listen to different musical genres and compare: Jazz, blues, punk and country and rock  

 

KS2 Science is planned on a 2 yearly cycle

 

  Autumn 1 Autumn 2 Spring 1 Spring 2 Summer 1 Summer 2
Year A States of matter/ Food chains/ Forces and magnets Life cycles including plants Light and sound Nutrition, diet, drugs and effects of exercise
(45 hours) Properties of materials/ webs
  reversible and irreversible reactions  
Year B Electricity Earth and Space Systems including digestive/skeletal/circulatory (including respiratory) Systems including digestive/skeletal/circulatory (including respiratory) Rocks, soils and fossils/Evolution Classification
(45 hours)

 

 
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