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Curriculum Statement and Organisation

At Greatham our school aim is:

 

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).

 

Whilst we are determined that the children know the associated facts for each curriculum area, our emphasis is on building the skills required to apply knowledge. This is to create both aspirational and resilient learners.

 

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. An emphasis on understanding vocabulary is key in all 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

Year

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)

 

Mixed up Fairy Tales

Dungeons and Dragons

Key Learning: History

 

The Dragon Machine

(wanted poster and recipe)

 

Tell me a Dragon

(Descriptive poem)

Fire Fire

Key Learning: History

 

Samuel Squeaks- Fiction Express

(Diary Writing)

 

Range of non fiction texts

Greatham is Great

Key Learning: Geography

 

The Jolly Postman

(Letters)

 

Jack and Baked Bean Stalk

(Story writing, Giant Letter)

 

Land Before Time

Key Learning: Science

 

Flip Flap Dinosaurs

  • Spelling strategies
  • Vocabulary

 

Range of non fiction texts

(Fact Files)

Great Explorers

Key Learning: history and longitudinal science

 

Space Poems – A range

(Poetry)

 

Hare and the Tortoise Race to the Moon (Narrative)

 

 

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

 

Flip Flap Pets

(Fact Files)

 

Adventures in the Outback
Key Learning: Geography

 

The Queen’s Knickers (letter)

 

The Koala Who Could

(Viewpoints)

 

Home from Home
Key Learning: Science

 

Diary of a Killer Cat (blog)

Yum, Yum (factual story writing)

 

Grow it!

Key Learning: Science

 

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

It Starts With a Seed (poetry)

Year 3

 

I am Amazing

Key Learning: Science

 

Book of Bones

(Non-fiction)

Human Body Detectives

(Digestive system adventurous story)

Hodgeheg

History Rocks

Key Learning: History

 

Stone Age Boy

Ug

(Narrative- focussing on description)

Island Adventures

Key Learning: Geography

 

Tuesday (Newspaper Report)

Window

(Letter writing- formal and informal)

Full Steam Ahead

Key Learning: Local History

 

Railway Children (fiction)

Flower Power

Key Learning: Science

 

The Flower (narrative)

Night Gardener

Secret Garden

Year 4/5

 

Out of this World

Key Learning: Science

 

The Jamie Drake Equation

(Character description)

 

Pandora – film clip

(Non-chronological report)

 

Leon and the Place Between

(Fantasy 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- bias and how to report an opinion)

 

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

(Explanatory text)                                    

Eureka!

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

(Eulogy)

 

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)

Aquila

(Instructions, description)

 

Monumental Mayans

Key Learning: History

 

The Red Piano

(balanced argument)

 

Mayan writing

 

Leaflets (Calshot)

 

Tomb Raiders

Key Learning: Geography and History

 

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

 

SATs revision

 

 

An Apple a Day

Key Learning: Science

 

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

Survival of the Fittest

Key Learning: Science

 

Minotaur

Narrative opening

 

The Wonder Garden

Tourist guide

 

 

 

RE and SMSC

We are proud to have strong SMSC education in school. Our caring school ethos is built upon integrated opportunities for SMSC throughout the school day as well as within the curriculum. Some of the ways in which we achieve this are:

· Assemblies- themed around the school values with an opportunity to reflect and respond

· Class discussions- focussed on understanding the consequences of actions and the effect on others

· Shared reading opportunities- investigating and responding to moral or ethical dilemmas

· Assessment opportunities- celebrating all achievements (learning, sporting, behavioural)

· RE and PSHE curriculums- developing knowledge of the world around and considering ‘right and wrong’. Developing own thoughts and beliefs and respecting those of others

· Positive contribution to the school- undertaking a responsibility such as being a Young Governor or a Play Leader and giving up own time to improve opportunities for others

 

Every class undertakes a unit of RE work each half term following the Hampshire Living Difference III curriculum. We organise the Living Difference framework as follows:

 

 

Year R

Year 1

Year 2

Year 3

Year 4/5

Year 6

 

Autumn 1

Sharing Harvest

 

Special

Special Books, Bible and Torah

God

God Talk

HIAS RE

 

Ritual

Prayer /The church

 

Good/ evil

Diwali

 

Good/ evil and avatars

The festival of Holi

 

 

Autumn 2

Celebration

Celebrating birthdays

 

Light as a symbol

Hannukah and Advent

Special journeys Christmas

 

Angels

Angels

 

Prophecy

Magi

 

Interpretation

Birth narratives

 

 

Spring 1

Storytelling

Stories Jesus Told,

 

Creation

Creation stories

 

*Remembering

Passover

 

Submission

Muhammed and the 5 Pillars of Islam

 

Ritual

Reflection/ prayer

 

Salvation

Christian Story

 

 

Spring 2

Celebration

Celebrating new life

 

Darkness to Light

Easter-

Paschal Candle

 

Welcoming

Palm Sunday

 

Remembering

Easter

Symbol

Eucharist - Easter

 

Resurrection

The Empty Cross

 

 

Summer 1

Special

Special Clothes

 

Bread as a symbol

See unit in Harvest pack

 

Celebration

Sukkot

Worship

Christian and Muslim

 

God

 

Devotion

Mahashivratri 

 

Summer 2

Specialness

Special Things

Change

People Jesus Met

 

Specialness

Special Places

Church/ Synagogue

 

Authority

Sacred books- Bible Qu’ran

Devotion

Hindu Mandir

 

Ritual

Rites of passage-

 

 

 

Link to Hampshire Living Difference III.

 

Parents have the right to withdraw their children from both collective worship and also RE lessons although our school does not recommend this. Requests for withdrawal must be made in writing and addressed to the Headteacher.

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.
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