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Curriculum Organisation

At Greatham, in line with our school aim:


to create a rich curriculum that is highly relevant and inspirational for our children and focuses on the acquisition of core skills;


we organise our curriculum into half termly topics. Each topic has a lead subject area which is often historical because we recognise our children demonstrate high levels of engagement in this area. Other subjects are creatively placed to link learning rather than being equally spread across terms. We do not teach every subject in a half termly period and subjects are blocked together within a topic where appropriate (for example, 5 RE lessons may be taught over a 3 day period rather than weekly).


English is mostly linked to topic themes and key texts are carefully selected in order to drive the learning. We recognise that outcomes for our children are stronger when the link between English text and topic are clear. Maths, PE and Spanish are taught separately. We endeavour to fill each topic with rich first-hand purposeful experiences and we make meaningful links between subjects. Environments and expertise beyond the classroom are actively encouraged and within topics we are both flexible and responsive to individual needs and interests.


Aims of teaching and learning

For all pupils to receive a full education (UN Article 29) which is both exciting and engaging;


  • for all pupils to receive excellent teaching and be given the opportunity to learn in ways that maximise their success;
  • for all children to be set appropriate learning challenges;
  • to promote pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development; and
  • to prepare all pupils for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of life


Autumn 1

Autumn 2

Spring 1

Spring 2

Summer 1

Summer 2

Year R

The characteristic of effective learning through the prime areas of learning:

communication, language and literacy;

personal social education; and

physical development

through knowledge and assessment of the children’s skills and interests leading to high levels of engagement. (The KAPE cycle)

Maintaining focus on the prime areas of learning with an increased focus on mathematical development and literacy.

Continuation of outstanding knowledge of the children and assessment of their skills and interests leading to high levels of engagement. (The KAPE cycle)

Within all the areas of learning, a greater focus on undertaking independent writing, reading and mathematical tasks in preparation for year 1.

Year 1


Once Upon a Time
Key Learning: Science


Traditional Tales

(Story writing)

Dungeons and Dragons

Key Learning: History


The Dragon Machine

(wanted poster and recipe)


Fireworks Poetry

Fire Fire

Key Learning: History


Samuel Squeaks- Fiction Express

(Diary Writing)

Land Before Time

Key Learning: Science


The Tiger who came to Tea

(Story writing)


Dear Zoo

(Fact file)

Greatham is Great

Key Learning: Geography


Jim and the Beanstalk

(Story writing, Giant Letter, Fact File)


Great Explorers

Key Learning: history and longitudinal science


Text TBC

(Descriptive writing)


Year 2


Iceberg Ahead!

Key Learning: History


Samson’s Titanic Journey (letter)

Green Ship (story writing)


Toy Story
Key Learning: History


That Rabbit Belongs to Emily Brown (story writing)

Elf on the Shelf (diary)

Awesome Animals
Key Learning: Science


Meerkat Mail (newspaper)

Wolves (fact file)

Adventures in the Outback
Key Learning: Geography


The Queen’s Knickers (letter)

2nd text TBC


Grow it!

Key Learning: Science


The Gigantic Turnip (audio books story writing with alternative ending)

It Starts With a Seed (poetry)

Home from Home
Key Learning: Science


Diary of a Killer Cat (blog)

Yum, Yum (factual story writing)


Year 3


Where’s Wally

Key Learning: Geography


Gregory Cool


(Letter writing- formal and informal)

Poles Apart

Key Learning: Science


The Dark

(Narrative focussing on building tension)

How to Catch a Star

(Explanatory text)

Jolly Xmas Postman (product description)

The Shang Dynasty

Key Learning: History


Tuesday (Newspaper Report)

Unusual Creatures (non-Chronological Report)

I am Amazing

Key Learning: Science


Food Poetry


Human Body Detectives

(Digestive system adventurous story)

History Rocks

Key Learning: Science


Stone Age Boy


(Narrative- focussing on description)

Picnic Party

Key Learning: Science


The Flower (narrative)

Wall:E (persuasive letter)

Year 4


Celtic Britain

Key Learning: History


Sweet Clara

(Informal Letter)


Oranges in No Man’s Land



What Have the Romans Done for Us?

Key Learning: History


Roman Soldier’s Handbook

(Information Text)


Cracking Contraptions

(Explanatory Text)

Good Vibrations

Key Learning: Science



(Descriptive Poetry)


The Sound Collector


Magical Maps
Key Learning: Geography


Gulliver’s Travel

(Diary / Logbook)


Mysterious Traveller

(Descriptive Narrative) (Performance Poetry)

Heads, Shoulders, Knees & Toes

Key Learning: Science


The Wolves in the Walls



Fly Eagle Fly

(Alternative Ending)

Garden Party

Key Learning: Science


The Selfish Giant

(Charity Leaflet)



(Follow-on Story)

Year 5


Out of this World

Key Learning: Science


The Jamie Drake Equation

(Character description)


UFOs and Aliens

(Recount – bias and how to express a viewpoint; newspaper article)


Pandora – film clip

(Non-chronological report)


Leon and the Place Between

(Adventure story writing)

What Goes Up…

Key Learning: Science


The Man Who Walked Between the Towers

(Formal letter; biography; auto-Biography) 


King Kong

(Author study; newspaper report)


Bible extract: Christmas, the Magi – Link to R.E.

(Explanatory text)                                    


Key learning: Science, Geography and History


Ice Trap

(Non-fiction fact file; biography; instructions; explanatory text)


The Lost Thing

(formal letter; description of a setting)


Greek Myths – including Persephone

(Write own mythical story; drama production of some of pupils’ stories)


The Lost Words – poetry

(Blackout poetry; descriptive writing)


Easter – link to R.E.

(Explanatory text)

Alfred vs the Vikings

Key Learning: History


The Highwayman – poetry



Street Child (extract, not whole book)


A Boy Called Hope

(informal letter; historical fiction writing)

Now you see it!

Key learning: Science


A Place Called Perfect

(persuasive description; mystery story – sequel to the book)                                                               






Year 6


Faster than Lightning
Key Learning: Science


The Lighthouse (film)

(Story writing- ending, newspaper article)


(Instructions, description)


Monumental Mayans

Key Learning: History


The Red Piano

(balanced argument)


Mayan writing


Leaflets (Calshot)


Tomb Raiders

Key Learning: History


The Scarab’s Secret (story writing, exemplification- mummification, non-chronological report- Tutankhamun)


SATs revision


Lady of Shalott (Poem, dialogue in text, diary/ description)

An Apple a Day

Key Learning: Science



Narrative opening


The Wonder Garden

Tourist guide


Survival of the Fittest

Key Learning: Science



SMSC will be integrated throughout the curriculum:
Spiritual: Explore beliefs and experiences; respect faiths, feelings and values; enjoy learning about oneself, others and the surrounding world; use imagination and creativity; reflect.
If you wish to find out more about our curriculum please click on the link at the bottom of this page. In addition, further information and hard copies of documents may be requested by making contact with the school office who will be happy to help. 
School Trips

We aim for each year group to have visits that are carefully interwoven with their topic.  We choose experiences that are not only linked to our topics and are enjoyable for the children, but most importantly, will enhance and extend learning. Trips and may change and develop as we explore our children's interests and each topic.
Care Aspire Achieve Please join us for our Open Afternoons on Monday 19th November & Friday 23rd November 1.30pm-3pm.