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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/ Reception

Year A

Year B

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

Dinosaurs, Pets, Jungle, space,

The weather, homes, woods and forests, polar areas, pond life, traditional tales

The Gruffalo, playing games,

Our village, fruit and vegetables,

People who help us, Kings and Queens,

Growing things, recycling, celebrations,

Seasonal pictures, Road safety,

Seaside, Holidays, vehicles, under the sea, mini-beasts, construction, castles, farms, trains, toys and games, water, traditional tales

Room on the Broom, Growing things,

Our bodies, India, making music,

Money and shopping, festivals,

Seasonal pictures

KS1- Years 1 and 2

Year A

Year B

History ( 30 hours*)

Events beyond living memory of significance- ( Great fire of London, Gunpowder plot)

 

Significant Individuals- Mary Seacole/ Florence Nightingale, Neil Armstrong, Henry Viii, Elizabeth 1,

 

Local significant individuals- Wainwright, Wordsworth, Eddie Stobbart

 

Changes in Britain since 1950- transport, toys, food and eating, schools

 

Changes locally since 1900- growth as a village

 

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

 

Our locality- human and physical features of the village/ West Cumbria

 

Another locality -human and physical features of a village/ town in Africa (or) South America

 

Weather and Climate in the UK and the world- severe weather in the UK and around the world

 

Compass directions- 4 points and directional language

 

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

Local church focus

Sikhism- what do they believe? Daily life? Festivals and worship

Thoughts about God

Christianity- stories Jesus told/ stories about Jesus

Celebrations for marriage, birth, death, significant celebrations in other religions

Respecting religions/ collaboration

Computing ( 30 hours)

typing- use of a keyboard, word processing skills

How do devices work? ( bee-bots)

Art- making pictures/ collages

 

online safety

typing- use of a keyboard- word processing skills

simple programming on and off screen including scratch/ purple mash

Design Technology (15 hours)

Design, make and evaluate:

Bridges ( over a Lake District river)

A boat which will float

A healthy snack/s

Design, make and evaluate:

A vehicle/ toy which moves

A castle with a drawbridge

Clothing which is waterproof

 

Science ( 45 hours)

Seasonal changes ( 4 times in the year)

Animals

Plants

Materials and their uses- including local focus ( mining)

living things and their habitats- including local focus ( lake district/ beach)

Human bodies

PSHE (30 hours)

People who help us- including emergency services

Keeping ourselves safe

Keeping healthy- food and fitness

Looking after animals

Respecting differences

Who are special people to us?

Money matters

Our community/ school

Making the right choices

Friendship

Being Environmentally friendly

Art and Design (15 hours)

Sketching- Our locality

Painting- Self portraits

Collage- Seasonal link (eg) Autumn

Printing- fruits and vegetables

shadows and colour

3D modelling- salt dough

Artist focus: ‘people’ or ‘landscapes’

Sketching- Our school

Painting- beach habitat/ patterns from nature

Collage- beach habitat

Printing- Seasonal link ( leaves)

3D modelling- paper mache

Artist focus: ‘nature’ or ‘water’

 

 

Music (20 hours)

 

Learn 5 songs and perform to an audience

Use percussion instruments which can be hit, plucked or shaked- choose appropriate ones

 

Learn and discuss volume, pitch and tempo- explore tuned instruments

Pictorial representation / notation for composed pieces

Listen to music from different time periods and discuss this, creating own similar pieces

Learn 5 songs and perform to an audience

 

Use percussion instruments which can be hit, plucked or shaked- choose appropriate ones

 

Listen to music with different genres- discuss and create own similar pieces

Pictorial representation / notation for composed pieces

Make own musical instruments

 

 

KS2- Years 3, 4, 5 and 6

Year A

Year B

Year C

Year D

History ( 30 hours*)

Early People In Britain- Stone and Iron age and impact of Roman Invasion

 

Roman presence in Cumbria( and beyond) . Focus on Carlisle/ Maryport and ‘Reiver’ history

 

Anglo-Saxon life, examples of local Anglo-Saxon settlements

 

The Vikings- invasions and impact

 

Norman invasion in 1066- local presence- Egremont Castle, Carlisle Castle

 

 

Changing roles of Women from early to modern times

Ancient Greece and achievements including culture, medicine and politics-

 

History of democracy from ancient Greece to modern day

 

History of immigration to the UK/ Black History of the UK

Ancient Egypt study

 

 

The Mayan’s – a study

 

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

 

Our region- The Lake District ( human and physical features) compare to a city ( York/ Edinburgh/ London)

 

The journey of water- the water cycle ( local rivers – Ennerdale Water)

 

 

The world- longitude/ latitude, Equator and Time zones, climates and biomes

 

 

volcanoes, tsunami and earthquakes

 

8 point compasses

 

 

Europe- countries, cities and climates- key places/ characteristics

 

Europe focus – Greece ( linked to History)

South America focus ( linked to Mayan’s)

 

Human geography- settlements and land use locally and in UK- sketches, maps and carrying out field work

use of grid references on maps, ordnance survey maps

 

Religious Education ( 30 hours)

Christianity- relationships including marriage ( comparisons between religions)

 

Hinduism- Hindus abroad and in the UK

Christianity- The Bible and other religious books, why are they important?

 

Diversity and religious tolerance

Christianity- key festivals (eg) Easter/ Harvest

 

Islam focus -celebrations, worship, pilgrimages and the rituals which mark important points in life

Christianity- living a Christian life (eg- charity, examples of significant individuals, importance of prayer)

 

Questions of faith- life after death/ evolution and the beginnings of earth

 

 

Computing ( 30 hours)

online safety- safe searching

 

word processing

 

Coding- make a Lake district themed game

 

Powerpoint- make an informative powerpoint linked to topic work

 

Create an explore databases

 

 

online safety- critical thinking

 

word processing

 

Coding- make a maze game linked to compass points

 

Simple excel spreadsheets to calculate

 

Recording sounds/ making music

 

 

online safety- personal data

 

word processing

 

coding- make an ancient themed Greek game

 

powerpoint- make an informative powerpoint linked to topic work

online safety- acceptable behaviour

word processing

 

coding-

 

 

3D modelling- make a plan view ( Geography link)

 

Monitoring and measuring- temperature, sound ect ( Geography link)

Design Technology (15 hours)

Design, make and evaluate products which build technical skills

 

Cooking- cakes and biscuits

 

 

Exploring strength- Money box (PSHE link) Roman shields ( History link)

 

 

Growing vegetables in the school grounds

 

 

 

Design, make and evaluate products which build technical skills

 

Cooking- savoury dishes/ where does food come from?

 

Exploring textiles- clothing project

 

 

Exploring materials – habitats for local wildlife (eg) bird box/ insect house ( Science link)

Design, make and evaluate products which build technical skills

 

Cooking- local ingredients

 

 

Electrical system using a buzzer or light

 

Growing vegetables

Design, make and evaluate products which build technical skills

 

Cooking- international dishes

 

Exploring movement- fairground rides

 

Creativity and aesthetic- making dream catchers (or) prayer pillows

PSHE (30 hours)

Sex and Relationships Education

 

Money Matters- where does money come from?

 

Healthy lifestyles

 

Friendship, bullying, cyber-bullying

 

Careers Education- what jobs do people do?

Drug and Alcohol Education

 

Importance of the freedom of speech- rights and responsibilities of freedom

 

Expressing feelings- my mental well-being

 

Enterprise education- working together

Sex and Relationships Education

 

Money Matters- banks and keeping money safe

 

Democracy and the rule of law ( law and you)

 

The environment- reduce, reuse, recycle

Drug and Alcohol Education

 

Rights and responsibilities

 

Charities – what do they do?

 

Helping others- what to do in an emergency

 

Enterprise education- working together

 

Art and Design (15 hours)

Sketching- landscapes

Painting- landscapes ( lake district)

3d art/ sculpture- History link

Printing- Street art project

Sewing/ weaving- History link

 

artist focus: ‘modern art’

 

 

Sketching- portraits

Painting- portraits ( modern art – Warhol)

3d art/ sculpture-

Printing- Viking link

Sewing/ weaving- Bayeaux tapestry

(History link)

 

artist focus: ‘people’

 

Sketching-

perspective

Painting- Hindu art ( RE link)

Greek sculpture- use of clay ( bowls)

Printing- Use of vegetables and fruit

Sewing/ weaving- Christmas card

 

artist focus: ‘pattern’

 

Sketching- comic

charcoal- still life (nature)

3d art/ sculpture- linked to topics

Printing- linked to topics

Sewing/ weaving-

Mayan craft-

 

artist focus: ‘ global art’

 

Languages (20 hours)

Greetings

Myself- who I am, my family and where I live

Greetings

Schools and learning

Likes/ dislikes

 

 

Greetings

Food and Drink

Shopping

 

Greetings

Out and About- travel

 

Music (20 hours)

 

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

 

compose music- ‘Lake District’

 

Musical notation- learn notes and create short pieces using tuned instruments

 

Listen to different musical genres and compare: Early Music, Classical, Choral, gospel, opera

 

 

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

 

Musical notation- learn notes and create short pieces using tuned instruments

 

Listen to world music and explore the instruments used

 

 

 

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

 

listen to work of significant composers and comment on their style

 

Musical notation- learn notes and create short pieces using tuned instruments

 

Listen to different musical genres and compare: Jazz, blues, punk and country and rock

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

 

Musical notation- learn notes and create short pieces using tuned instruments

 

Listen to different musical genres and compare: dance, hip-hop, gospel, soul

 

Science is planned on a 2 yearly cycle

Autumn 1

Autumn 2

Spring 1

Spring 2

Summer 1

Summer 2

Year A

(45 hours)

States of matter/

Properties of materials/

reversible and irreversible reactions

Food chains/

webs

Forces and magnets

Life cycles including plants

Light and sound

Nutrition, diet, drugs and effects of exercise

Year B

(45 hours)

Electricity

Earth and Space

Systems including digestive/skeletal/circulatory (including respiratory)

Systems including digestive/skeletal/circulatory (including respiratory)

Rocks, soils and fossils/Evolution

Classification

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