Curriculum

Curriculum Statement

At Rokeby we aim to provide our children with an engaging, exciting and empowering curriculum that equips them for today and as lifelong learners. The learning in our community will be enhanced through ‘Our Rokeby Promise’, which gives meaningful life experiences and enhances their school-life by creating memories which will impact on their future life in the wider world. 

Curriculum Intent

At Rokeby the curriculum is designed to enable our children to:

  • Recognise and develop their prior learning
  • Enjoy purposeful first-hand learning experiences
  • Develop interpersonal skills
  • Build independence and resilience
  • Foster a love of reading
  • Become creative, critical thinkers
  • Become competent mathematicians by mastering maths
  • Enhance learning through memorable visits, residential trips and visitors to school
  • Enjoy, thrive and excel in all areas, both in cross-curricular and in extra-curricular

Curriculum Implementation

At the heart of our curriculum is our unique, individual learners.

We celebrate and welcome differences within our school community. Our curriculum is based around high-quality, aspirational texts with a rainbow approach to developing skills, knowledge and concepts.

Our curriculum is underpinned by ‘The Power of Reading’ books and our topics are planned to match the current class book. This gives children the opportunity to fully immerse themselves and explore learning in great depth.

This curriculum design ensures that the needs of individual and small groups of children can be met within the environment of quality first teaching, supported by targeted, proven interventions where appropriate.

We use Rokeby Key qualities, alongside ‘Good to Be Green’ and ‘Class Dojos’ to promote independent positive attitudes and to promote responsibility for learning and future success.

To enable our children to develop their learning in the wider world, families are invited into school to take part and support their children in a range of activities across the year.

‘Our Rokeby Promise’ will develop children as inquisitive and engaged learners, through a range of key life experiences.

 

Curriculum Impact

To provide the foundations for positive lifelong learning.

book overviews

Reception

  1. The Gigantic Turnip
  2. Our Very Own Dog
  3. Splash! Anna Hibiscus
  4. Yucky Worms
  5. Tanka, Tanka, Skunk
  6. Surprising Sharks

Year 1

  1. The Snail and the Whale
  2. Emperors Egg
  3. Wild
  4. Anna Hibiscus
  5. Out and About, a first book
  6. of poems
  7. One Day On Our Blue Planet

Year 2

  1. Grace and Family
  2. 10 Things I Can Do To Help
  3. My World
  4. How To Find Gold
  5. Zeraffa Giraffe
  6. Poems to Perform
  7. Moth

Year 3

  1. Oliver And The Seawigs
  2. One Plastic Bag
  3. The Tin Forest
  4. Ug Boy Genius
  5. Hot Like Fire
  6. The Kapok Tree

Year 4

  1. Iron Man
  2. Pebble In My Pocket
  3. Arthur and the Golden Rope
  4. Ice Palace
  5. Werewolf Club Rules
  6. Ice Trap

Year 5

  1. Floodland
  2. Goodnight Mr Tom
  3. The Journey
  4. The London Eye Mystery
  5. Dark Sky Park
  6. The Adventures of Odysseus

Year 6

  1. Journey To The River Sea
  2. Shackleton’s Journey
  3. Varmints
  4. Roof Toppers
  5. Cosmic Disco
  6. Sensational

Text Types

Autumn 1: fiction
Autumn 2: non-fiction
Spring 1: Picture books
Spring 2: reading stamina Summer 1: poetry
Summer 2: non-fiction

Each of our topics is based around a high quality, aspirational text. 

 

Nursery overviews

F1 Curriculum Overview- Autumn 1 Theme: Autumn and Harvest

Personal, Social and Emotional Development

The children will be thinking about ways of sharing and of helping others. They will be encouraged to bring in food to share with people less fortunate than themselves at Harvest time. Staff will be welcoming new children and helping them to settle into Nursery by learning daily routines and teaching children about what play and learning resources are available and where to find them. Staff will support children to begin to learn class rules such as good listening, kind hands and words and taking turns.

Physical Development

The children will be learning to handle a range of tools and materials through creative activities and Harvest cooking sessions such as making vegetable pizzas, fruit crumbles, mini quiche and bread rolls. Kits Academy will teach a PE lesson every Tuesday. This half term F1 will explore a gymnastics unitcalled “Jumping Jacks and Rock and Roll.”

Communication and Language

The children will be listening to and discussing Harvest themed stories such as The Enormous Turnip, The Little Red Hen, Oliver’s Vegetables and Oliver’s Fruit Salad. They will be learning to follow instructions during Harvest cooking activities. They will be supported to extend their vocabulary by naming and describing different fruit, vegetables and Autumn seeds.

Literacy

After listening to Harvest stories, F1 will be learning to place pictures in order to begin to understand story structure and will be encouraged to talk about characters and events in stories they have heard. Staff will support children to join in with repetitive phrases in stories such as The Enormous Turnip and The Little Red Hen. There will be opportunities for mark making such as drawing or painting story characters and children will be encouraged to use marks to write labels for their pictures.

Maths

The children will be learning number rhymes such as Five Currant Buns and Five Fat Peas. They will be using fruit, vegetables and bakery items to practise their counting skills in the context of role play and shopping activities. Staff will support children to develop their early mathematical vocabulary by comparing groups and being able to say which group has more, fewer, lots or the same amount. The children will be encouraged to match number symbols to small groups of Harvest food items.

Understanding the World

The children will be finding out about the types of food that are harvested at Autumn time. They will walk to the local greengrocery to see a range of fruit and vegetables. Staff will support children to talk about the colours, sizes and shape of the different food and to say whether they grow under the ground, above the ground or on trees and hedgerows. The children will be planting beans and cress seeds and adults will support them to observe and talk about changes that occur as the plants grow.

The children will be going on Autumn welly walks to notice changes to the environment around them in Autumn time. They will be collecting Autumn leaves and looking at differences in their colours, size and pattern. Staff will support children to extend their vocabulary by identifying and naming some Autumn fruit or seeds such as acorns, fir cones, pinecones or horse chestnuts.

Expressive Arts and Design

The children will be using fruit and vegetables for printing activities. There will be opportunities for children to choose from a range of media to create fruit and vegetable and Autumn pictures. They will explore mixing paint to create Autumn colours and use the paint for printing with Autumn leaves.

The children will be singing Harvest songs. They willlearn the “Dingle Dangle Scarecrow” song. They willthen be able to select materials to make Harvest scarecrows.

In the construction area, children will be able to look at pictures of combine harvesters and tractors. They will be able to select construction kits to make models of Harvest machinery. In the role play area, children can explore and act out woodland themed stories they have listened to such as The Gruffalo.

F1 Curriculum Overview- Autumn 2 Theme: Celebrations

Personal, Social and Emotional Development

The children will be thinking about ways in which people behave and learning that actions can sometimes harm others by discussing Guy Fawkes’plans, The Gunpowder Plot, and the actions of the monster Ravana in the story of Rama and Sita. The children will be learning how to behave in new situations such as visiting the Festival of Trees and going to Warwick Arts Centre to see a theatre production of Raymond Briggs’ story, Father Christmas.

Physical Development

The children will be learning to handle a range of tools and materials through creative activities and cooking sessions such as making coconut Barfi, firework biscuits, cheesy Christmas stars and mini yule logs. Kits Academy will teach a PE lesson every Tuesday. This half term’s P.E may include multi-skills sessions or Cosmic Yoga activities.

Communication and Language

The children will be listening to and discussing stories such as Hovis the Hedgehog: Bonfire Night, Lighting A Lamp, Spot’s Birthday Party and The First Christmas. They will be learning to follow instructions as part of cooking activities. They will be helped to extend their vocabulary by naming and describing some of the customs associated with different celebrations.

Literacy

The children will be talking about characters and events in topic related stories. Staff will support children to recall and retell stories that they have heard by playing with puppets and story props or using small world figures. There will be opportunities for mark making such as drawing or painting story characters and children will be encouraged to use marks to write things such as birthday and Christmas wish lists or letters to Father Christmas. The children will be taught to handle books carefully.

Maths

The children will be learning number rhymes such as Five Little Monkeys and Five Little Ducks. They will be choosing 2D shapes to create pictures of firework rockets and to make Rangoli patterns. Staff will support children to develop their early mathematical vocabulary by helping them to talk about the shapes that they use. The children will be encouraged to match number symbols to small groups of objects such as stars, Christmas trees and angels.

Understanding the World

The children will be finding out about the different ways in which people celebrate festivals. There will be opportunities for the Nursery children to create Mendhi and Rangoli patterns, clay divas, monkey masks and coconut sweets linked to the festival of Diwali. The children will be able to create cards, Christingles, biscuits, table and tree decorations linked to the festival of Christmas.

The children will be listening to stories at the root of celebrations such as the story of Rama and Sita: The First Diwali and the story of the Birth of Jesus: The First Christmas.

They will also be finding out why Bonfire Night is

celebrated and celebrating the British tradition of nursery rhymes by taking part in a wide range of play and craft activities for World Nursery Rhyme Week.

Expressive Arts and Design

The children will be making music and taking part in Indian dancing as part of activities linked to Diwali. In the construction area, there will be opportunities to build boats to take Prince Rama over to the island to rescue his Princess Sita. The children will be able to choose resources to make prince and princess crowns.

Linked to Bonfire Night, the children will be able to select materials to make a Guy Fawkes and they will be using a range of drawing and painting media to make firework effect pictures.

As part of imaginative play, the children will be able to take the role of the elves in Santa’s Workshop, sorting lists, making, wrapping and packing toys. The children will explore changes in texture as they make Christmas biscuits and cakes.

 

Reception Overviews

F2 Curriculum Overview- Autumn 1 Focus: The Gigantic Turnip

Personal, Social and Emotional Development

The children will develop their skills of understanding feelings and emotions through games, small group activities and whole class discussions including Circle Time. This half term the focus will be on starting school, welcoming everyone and learning how to be a good friend to each other. The F2 children will also be learning to recognise different feelings they have, to understand that it is okay to show their feelings and that it is good to talk together about them.

Physical Development

The children will be using the indoor and outdoor environments to develop their physical skills. They will be learning to balance and climb on the large outdoor equipment. Kits Academy will teach a PE lesson to class F2 every Tuesday.

Communication and Language

The children will be encouraged to talk to one another when they feel ready and in a way that makes them feel comfortable. The F2 staff will be introducing new vocabulary related to shops and growth to develop thechildren’s language skills.

Literacy and Phonics

Staff will be using the text The Gigantic Turnip by Aleksei Tolstoy as a focus this half term for encouraging early reading and writing skills. The children will be learning to create text maps to enable them to retell the story using actions. The children will be practising using correct pencil grip and trying to write letters that sit on the line.

Staff are excited about beginning Reception phonics sessions. The children will be learning about the sounds that letters make, looking for objects that begin with these letter sounds, learning to write letters using the correct formation and identifying letter sounds within words, books and the environment. The children will be singing familiar nursery rhymes and learning new ones. They will be playing sound and rhythm games.

Maths

Through a range of practical activities and songs the children will be learning to count to 10 and then to 20. F2 staff will be focusing on teaching children to recognise the digits that make up numbers to 20, providing opportunities for children to find these numbers in the environment and to match the numbers to quantities. There will also be a focus on teaching children to recognise numbers of personal significance to them. In the shape, space and measures aspect of maths, children will be introduced to different 2D and 3D shapes and will use them to make shape and colour patterns.

Understanding the World

There will be daily opportunities for children to play in the supermarket role play area. Children will be learning about the different roles of people in a supermarket and staff will be asking children about their own experiences of shops. Children will be using the class computers to create pictures of different fruits and vegetables.

Expressive Arts and Design

A range of tools and materials will be available for children to develop their creative skills including making images of their faces on paper plates and on pizza bases. The children will be using vegetable pictures to develop their cutting skills.

R/1 Curriculum Overview- Autumn 2 Focus: Pets and Vets

Personal, Social and Emotional Development

We will be building confidence when playing and communicating about our home and community through our topic of Pets and Vets. The children will be leaving the school setting this half term for visits to two local churches for different events and to thetheatre to see a production of Raymond Briggs’Father Christmas. These will be great experiences for the children and develop their understanding of community events. The children will also have their first experience of performing to the school and adults in the Christmas production.

Physical Development

Kits Academy deliver PE to the children every Tuesday and this will focus on children developing their movement and balancing skills. In class the children will continue working on pencil grip and strength and practice forming the anti- clockwise letters as we learn them (e.g. c, a g etc.). The children will also have opportunities to experience other one handed tools to change materials.

To support the children with their health and self-care development, we will continue to encourage independence with skills such as hand-washing, fastening coats and dressing and undressing for PE.

Communication and Language

Children will have plenty of opportunities to develop their vocabulary throughout the topic and then practise and embed that language through a range of activities, especially in the role play and small world areas. The children will listen to a range of stories linked to the topic and have chance to both discuss and retell them afterwards.

The children will also be encouraged to share lots of their own personal experiences of pets and animals and develop their confidence in talking in both group and whole class discussions.

Literacy and Phonics

Our focus for this half term is a text called‘Our Very Own Dog’ by Amanda McCardieand illustrated by Salvatore Rubbino.

Through this text, which is both fiction and non-fiction, the children will be developing their story-telling skills, use of rich vocabulary, mark-making and beginning to write labels, captions and instructions.

The children will continue to learn more phonemes for each grapheme represented by the alphabet. This will include beginning to learn some more complex sounds– digraphs, such as ‘ch’ and ‘th’ and trigraphs, such as ‘igh’. We will continue to developchildren’s blending skills for reading andsegmenting skills for spelling.

Maths

This half term we will be focussing on recognising numbers 0-10, counting on and back and adding and subtracting small amounts. The children will use a range of practical resources, including some pet related objects. The children will look at data handling, making picture graphs for different pets and discussing the most and least popular. They will extend their understanding of everyday Maths in our vets’role play area by looking at times for appointments and how much treatment might cost.

Understanding the World

Using our vets role play area, the children will use their imaginations and real-life experiences of pets and animals to take on different roles. We will use video clips to think about caring for pets, alongside a visit from a vet, as well as meeting real pets, to develop the children’s understanding.

Expressive Arts and Design

Children will develop skills in manipulating materials for different effects by creating their own pet animals using playdough, clay and junk modelling. Children will also have opportunities to experiment with different instruments and the sounds they can make.

Year 1 Overview

Year 1/2 Curriculum Overview - Autumn 1

English
This half term our topic will be seaside explorers with our class text ‘The Snail and the Whale’ by Julia Donaldson. In English we will be drafting, writing and composing sentences orally. Sequencing sentences to form short narratives, looking at creating settings, characters and plots. Using this to write fiction and non-fiction texts.
 
Maths
In maths we will be looking at number and place value, addition and subtraction, including counting in multiples of 2, 3, 5 and 10 from 0 or 1.
 
Science - Animals including humans
To talk simply about what we see
To answer simple questions about what we see
To describe simple features with vocab (e.g. parts of the body, parts of an animals etc)
To sort data within given criteria
 
Geography
Geographical vocabulary related to physical features, continents and oceans To use simple blocked maps and plans
To describe places using their characteristics
To name places with similar characteristics (e.g seasides and towns)
History changes within living memory ~ change in national life
To identify old and new from pictures
To develop a simple awareness of the past
To use simple words and phrases to describe the past (after, before, between)
To answer questions about the past
 
Science - Animals including humans
To talk simply about what we see
To answer simple questions about what we see
To describe simple features with vocab (e.g. parts of the body, parts of an animals etc)
To sort data within given criteria
 
Design Technology - stain glass fish and moving snail airboat
To describe what I want to do using pictures and words To make lists of materials I will need
To use scissors or a cutting tools to cut out
To know how some moving objects work
To join materials together
 
Computing
Click and drag with a mouse Switch on and shutdown a computer Launch an application by double clicking.
 
Music
Music express Animals focusing on pitch and tone.
 
RE
Who is a Muslim and wht do we believe in?
 
Physical Education (PE) – Gymnastics moving and balancing
Master basic movements such as three types of rolls
To use strong body tension
To roll forward from a crouch position
To balance independently and with a partner To use different levels

Year 1/2 Curriculum Overview- Autumn 2

English
This half term our topic will be Penguins of Antarctica with our class text ‘The Emperors Egg’ by Martin Jenkins. In English we will be using this text to write and perform our own poems. Become familiar with the key features of a non-fiction text and write our own about emperor penguins.
 
Maths
In maths we will be looking at addition and subtraction with money, using this money to solve problems and multiplication. Recognise and know that notes can be represented by £1 coins
Selecting amounts of coins from a group and representing these
Solve simple problems (practical context) involving add/sub of money (same unit) Addition using bonds to 10
Year 2 Addition using bonds to 100 with tens and ones.
 
Science - Everyday materials
To observe closely using simple equipment to help e.g a magnifying glass
To perform simple tests using simple equipment e.g a timer
To talk about some reasons why things might happen, or why something has happened
To record what we have seen or done in different ways (inc. drawings and labelled diagrams)
 
Geography
Study of Antarctica and locate on the globe/world map. Investigate physical features of the landscape.
Study of weather/climate/seasons.
To use simple blocked maps
To make simple plans and talk about them
To talk about places seen in books, videos and the internet
To describe places using their characteristics
 
History
Events beyond living memory that are significant.
To recognise a past and present in your own life
To recognise past and present in other people’s lives
To identify some things from our own past
 
Design Technology
Select from and use a wide range of materials and components, including construction materials, textiles 
and ingredients, according to their characteristics
To talk about ideas and say what will be done
To generate ideas from your own experience
To make simple models
 
Art
To use drawing, painting and sculpture and develop a wide range of art and design techniques. Drawing images of the Antarctic landscape.
 
RE Judaism
Who is Jewish and what do they believe in?
 
Computing
To use programmable technology (beebot) and other Apps to navigate
To use technology safely and respectfully, keeping personal information private; identify where to go for help and support when they have concerns about content or contact on the internet or other online technologies
To use technology purposefully to create, organise, store, manipulate and retrieve digital content.
 
Physical Education (PE) – multi-skills
To develop special awareness
To improve travelling and locomotor skills 
To work co-operatively with a partner and groups 
To use agility in games 

Year 2 Overview

Year 1/2 Curriculum Overview - Autumn 1

English
This half term our topic will be seaside explorers with our class text ‘The Snail and the Whale’ by Julia Donaldson. In English we will be drafting, writing and composing sentences orally. Sequencing sentences to form short narratives, looking at creating settings, characters and plots. Using this to write fiction and non-fiction texts.
 
Maths
In maths we will be looking at number and place value, addition and subtraction, including counting in multiples of 2, 3, 5 and 10 from 0 or 1.
 
Science - Animals including humans
To talk simply about what we see
To answer simple questions about what we see
To describe simple features with vocab (e.g. parts of the body, parts of an animals etc)
To sort data within given criteria
 
Geography
Geographical vocabulary related to physical features, continents and oceans To use simple blocked maps and plans
To describe places using their characteristics
To name places with similar characteristics (e.g seasides and towns)
History changes within living memory ~ change in national life
To identify old and new from pictures
To develop a simple awareness of the past
To use simple words and phrases to describe the past (after, before, between)
To answer questions about the past
 
Science - Animals including humans
To talk simply about what we see
To answer simple questions about what we see
To describe simple features with vocab (e.g. parts of the body, parts of an animals etc)
To sort data within given criteria
 
Design Technology - stain glass fish and moving snail airboat
To describe what I want to do using pictures and words To make lists of materials I will need
To use scissors or a cutting tools to cut out
To know how some moving objects work
To join materials together
 
Computing
Click and drag with a mouse Switch on and shutdown a computer Launch an application by double clicking.
 
Music
Music express Animals focusing on pitch and tone.
 
RE
Who is a Muslim and wht do we believe in?
 
Physical Education (PE) – Gymnastics moving and balancing
Master basic movements such as three types of rolls
To use strong body tension
To roll forward from a crouch position
To balance independently and with a partner To use different levels

Year 1/2 Curriculum Overview- Autumn 2

English
This half term our topic will be Penguins of Antarctica with our class text ‘The Emperors Egg’ by Martin Jenkins. In English we will be using this text to write and perform our own poems. Become familiar with the key features of a non-fiction text and write our own about emperor penguins.
 
Maths
In maths we will be looking at addition and subtraction with money, using this money to solve problems and multiplication. Recognise and know that notes can be represented by £1 coins
Selecting amounts of coins from a group and representing these
Solve simple problems (practical context) involving add/sub of money (same unit) Addition using bonds to 10
Year 2 Addition using bonds to 100 with tens and ones.
 
Science - Everyday materials
To observe closely using simple equipment to help e.g a magnifying glass
To perform simple tests using simple equipment e.g a timer
To talk about some reasons why things might happen, or why something has happened
To record what we have seen or done in different ways (inc. drawings and labelled diagrams)
 
Geography
Study of Antarctica and locate on the globe/world map. Investigate physical features of the landscape.
Study of weather/climate/seasons.
To use simple blocked maps
To make simple plans and talk about them
To talk about places seen in books, videos and the internet
To describe places using their characteristics
 
History
Events beyond living memory that are significant.
To recognise a past and present in your own life
To recognise past and present in other people’s lives
To identify some things from our own past
 
Design Technology
Select from and use a wide range of materials and components, including construction materials, textiles 
and ingredients, according to their characteristics
To talk about ideas and say what will be done
To generate ideas from your own experience
To make simple models
 
Art
To use drawing, painting and sculpture and develop a wide range of art and design techniques. Drawing images of the Antarctic landscape.
 
RE Judaism
Who is Jewish and what do they believe in?
 
Computing
To use programmable technology (beebot) and other Apps to navigate
To use technology safely and respectfully, keeping personal information private; identify where to go for help and support when they have concerns about content or contact on the internet or other online technologies
To use technology purposefully to create, organise, store, manipulate and retrieve digital content.
 
Physical Education (PE) – multi-skills
To develop special awareness
To improve travelling and locomotor skills 
To work co-operatively with a partner and groups 
To use agility in games 

Year 2 Curriculum Overview - Spring 1

English
This half term our topic will be Treasure Hunters with our class text ‘How to Find Gold’ by Viviane Schwarz. In English we will be using this text to talk confidently about a picture book and respond to it in a range of ways, exploring the story through a variety of learning including artwork, drama and roleplay. Engage in oral storytelling and bookmaking and write in role from more than one perspective.
 
Maths
In maths we will be looking at number, division, statistics, measurement focusing on Length and height and geometry and the properties of shapes.
 
Science - Materials
Children can explore properties of materials they think most appropriate for a sea monster.
To compare the suitability and uses of everyday materials
To make relevant observations
To understand key features that make a fair test To ask questions about what we see
To find out how solid materials can be changed
 
Geography
Children can investigate and describe the climate and the physical features of treasure islands.
To discuss changes in weather and seasons from a chart
To draw simple maps and plans, sometimes with keys
To identify the main regions of the world- continents
To begin to use concepts of NSEW
 
Art
Learn about the illustrator Viviane Schwarz To describe how they feel about others work To communicate ideas and meaning
To use a range of processes to show ideas
To use a range of pens, pencils, pastels and charcoal To talk about their work and explain it
 
Design Technology
Design and make a treasure box/or make story boxes representing the different scenes.
To draw pictures with labels and text.
To use their knowledge of materials when designing.
To practise their skills before using them
To use photographs to present their finished design work
 
RE
What can we learn from sacred books?
 
Music
Music express Water focus pitch
 
Computing - Algorithms
Understand what algorithms are and create and debug simple programs
Understand what algorithms are; how they are implemented as programs on digital devices; and that programs execute by following precise and unambiguous instructions
Create and debug simple programs
 
Physical Education (PE) – Dance
To change my shape and movement
To dance independently and with a partner To move with a pretend object
To move my body to the beat

Year 3 Overview

Year 3 Curriculum Overview - Autumn 1

Year 3 Curriculum Overview - Autumn 2

English and Reading

This half term, our focus text is ‘One Plastic Bag.’

This is a non-fiction picture book, which tells the story of Isatou Ceesay.A remarkablewoman,Isatouis dubbed ‘the queen of plastic recycling’ by people all around the world.

When reading, the children will be looking at drawing inference from the text, developing their comprehension,make informed predictions, read and retrieve information,use evidence from the text to support their answers, and conduct investigations into a range of resources linked to the text.

Maths

This half term’s main mathematica lfocus will be on multiplication and division. Because of this, children focusing on securing their multiplication knowledge will be key. We will build upon our knowledge of: number bonds, place value, subtraction and addition facts, and our prior multiplication knowledge to secure pupils understandingof all of their times tables. When looking at our division, we will build on this knowledge and look at segmenting and grouping to aid us.

Art – Sketching and using colour

In our Art this half term, we will be experimenting with uses of colour and different techniques to portray emotions and tell stories.

In our Design and Technology lessons, we will be looking at the propertiesandqualitiesofarangeofmaterials.We will bedesigning and building models, using different materials and tools. As well as this, we will be evaluatingour work to improve them further.

All of our Art a nd Design Technology lessons will link with our wider topic of materials and plastics, which we are looking at in our other lessons.

Geography – Human and PhysicalGeography

This half term, we will be looking at Human Geography (the formation and evolution of settlements) and Physical Geography (the natural formation of Geography. We will be learning to describe a nd understand key aspects of human geography,including: types of settlement and land use, economic activity including trade links, and the distribution of natural resources including energy, food, minerals and water. We will look at how Rugby has been changed over time and will be learning to use a range of maps to aid us with this.

French

This half term, children will continue to learning how to listen and understand spoken French and respond to it. They will also be exploring the patterns and sounds of words, linking them to their spellings.

Science – States of matter

This half term, we will be looking at different materials and howtheir states may change.

We will be comparing what happens to different materials. We will also be learning to make precise series of observations and measurements.

This half term will include several scientific tests, where pupils will conduct and ensure fair tests.

Religious Education(R.E)

In class, we will further reflect upon belief and what it means to us a nd other people. We will build upon our prior knowledge and previous learning. We will look at different people believe about God.

Computing

Pupils will build on their underst nding of searching and collecting information online safely.Our comput9ng lessons will teach new information gathering skills, whilst linking in with our other lesson topics.

Physical Education (P.E)
Finally, this half term we will be learning to play Tag Rugby.

Children will learn the rules of Rugby and the further rules of Tag Rugby. They will have the opportunity to develop their throwing and catching skills, their experiences of working in teams and will play a range of different games.

 

Year 4 Overview

Year 4 Curriculum Overview - Autumn 1

English and Reading

Our focus for this half term is the text The Iron Man by Ted Hughes
We will be using this to create some writing of our own based upon environmental issues. This will include poetry, stories, factual writing and diary entries.
We will be looking at noun phrases, adjectives, adverbs and connectives in our grammar work for this term.
When reading the children will be asked to answer questions based on the text. We will be focusing on comprehension skills, as well as reading between the lines of the meaning of the text.
 

Maths

This half term we will be focusing on Place Value for the majority of the term. This will include looking at Roman Numerals, numbers up to 100,000 rounding, written addition and subtraction.
We will also be concentrating on our times tables, as this is now a key focus at the end of Year 4. By the end of the year we should all know our times tables up to 12x12 – with quick mental recall.
Another focus will be independent working and thinking skills. Knowing what to do to solve problems
 

Art

This term we are linking our art to our topic and creating art inspired by the Iron Man.
This will involve using different mediums such as charcoals, chalk pastels, pencil, paints and collage.
We will be creating a large scale Iron Man to display within the class.
We will also be doing mark making and pencil grip skills to improve both artistic work and handwriting.
 

History/Geography - All Around the World

This term we are looking at the whole world!
We will be looking at the different continents, countries and major cities of the world
It will involve a good deal of atlas and map work, teaching children to find and locate places quickly.
We will be using grid references to learn how to find places in an atlas quickly.
We will also be looking at different time zones and why and how these developed.
There will be a chance to make our own maps of the local area, as well as a chance to test these maps out with local visits.
 
Science
 
This term our science topic is electricity. This will include making electrical circuits, both series and parallel. We will also learn the names and symbols of different electrical components, and how to draw circuit diagrams.
We will be putting these skills to good use by designing and making our own working burglar alarm. We will have great fun testing these.
 
Computing - Keeping Safe
This term we will be looking at computer safety, and internet safety. This will include staying safe online, and making sure we know what to do if we feel unsafe.
We will also be working on our ICT presentation skills, using programs such as Word, Publisher and PowerPoint.
 

French

The children will be learning how to make statements about the school environment.
They will also be telling time using half-hours, quarter hours and 24hr clock notation.
 

Religious Education (R.E)

This unit enables to children to understand the teachings of Jesus, and the ways in which different people worship Jesus.
 
Physical Education (P.E)-Swimming

This term we will be swimming every Friday afternoon.
This is part of the curriculum and is compulsory for all children.
Please ensure your child has their kit and a towel every week.
 

Year 4 Curriculum Overview- Autumn 2

English and Reading
 
Our focus for this half term is a non fiction text called Pebble In My Pocket. It tells the story of the Earth through a rock. From its creation through to the dinosaurs, through early man and on to present day. We will be using this book to base both our English work and our topic work on.
We will be using a lot of research skills this term, to make our own non-fiction books. We will also be writing our own instruction texts.
In reading we will be concentrating on comprehension, and deciding which are the important facts.
 
Maths
 
This half term we will be looking at Length and Perimeter. This will involve measuring and converting between different units of length. It will also involve working out perimeters of given shapes, and practical work around the school and classroom.
We will then be looking at formal methods of multiplication and division. Children will be taught the written methods for both of these and will be given a chance to apply these in real life problems.
We will be continuing to focus on times tables.
 
DT- Pebble in my Pocket
 
This term we are going to be working on two D.T. projects. The first will see us create working volcanoes (with parental help). These can be small or large – but need to work.
The second will be to create stone age tools, and to use these tools to prepare and cook a stone age meal.
 
History/Geography- Pebble in my Pocket
 
In this unit children will look at how the world was formed, and the timescales involved. It will then look at how life started on Earth, through to the dinosaurs, early man and the present day.
Children will get the chance to research facts about subjects such as dinosaurs and volcanoes.
There will also be a lot of practical work, including making a working volcano, as well as eating stone age food prepared using stone age tools.
Children will look at the continents of the world, and see how these changed as the world formed, and how they are still changing today.
 
Science - Rocks
 
In this unit children will learn about the different types of rocks there are on the Earth. They will get a chance to really examine rocks like a proper scientist, and use rocks to create some science experiments. This will involve making sure they are using fair tests.
Children will also get a chance to classify rocks – and use different forms of classification to do so.
 
Computing- Heroes
 
In this unit children will put together a story in literacy, and then use coding to turn this into an interactive story.
This will involve using the program Scratch, and also using cameras and sound recording to add to their story.
 
French
 
The children will be learning how to make statements about the school environment.
They will also be telling time using half-hours, quarter hours and 24hr clock notation.
 
Religious Education (R.E)
 
This unit children will look at people who inspire them. This will lead on to the teachings and parables of Jesus.
We will be using model building and role play to illustrate the parables to the rest of the class.
 
Physical Education (P.E) -Swimming
This term we will be continuing to go swimming on a Friday afternoon.
 

YEAR 5 OVERVIEW

Year 5 Curriculum Overview- Autumn 1

 
English and Reading
 
Our focus for this half term is a fictional text called‘Floodland’.
Through this exciting and adventurous story the children will be enhancing their skills in the following: narratives, recounts, using dialogue, poetry and drama.
This text will form the basis of a great deal of the work that we do across the curriculum.
When reading, the children will have the opportunity to make predictions, read and retrieve information, as well as using evidence from the text to justify their answers and take on character roles.
 
Maths
 
This half term in number, we will focus upon place value and the four operations – addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. We will be dealing with larger numbers and solving multi-step problems.
In statistics we will be collecting, presenting and interpreting data in a number of ways, including tables and line graphs.
We will also be learning to measure and calculate perimeter and area.
 
Art- Artists, Architects and Designers
 
In this unit we will learn about artists, architects and designers such as Christopher Wren, Charles Rennie Mackintosh and Antoni Gaudi.We will explore using a range of materials to create work that is visual and tactile. We will also focus on the creative process – from sketches to creation, evaluation and improvement.
In Design Technology we will be learning about the history and use of the compass. We will use our knowledge to design, make and evaluate their own compass, like the one Zoe uses to help her escape from Norwich in Floodland. We will be looking to find an effective balance between form and function.
 
Geography – Changes in Geography
 
Our focus text, Floodland, is based in a near future in which the polar ice caps have melted and much of England is underwater. Our focus in Geography is will be to look at locations in the story, compare them with similar places in the world, and look at the impact humans have had in causing geographical change.
Another theme of Floodland is that of navigation. We will be developing our map-reading skills and looking at various methods of finding our way to places.
 
Science - Living Things and Their Habitats
 
During this unit, we will be looking at the process of reproduction and the life cycles of plants, mammals, amphibians, insects and birds.
We will also be planning investigations and exploring different ways of collecting, presenting and evaluating our data.
There will be a strong focus on working methodically and creating investigations that are fair and effective.
 
Computing - Making Games
We will be revising and increasing our skills in the coding program ‘Scratch’. We will be creating increasingly sophisticated games that involve animation, movement and scoring, using multiple sprites.
We will continue to focus on digital citizenship and staying safe in the digital world.
 
French
 
The children will be learning how to give and follow directions.
They will also learning the alphabet in French
 
Religious Education (R.E)
 
This investigation enables us to learn in depth from different religious and non-religious groups about belief in God. We will enquire into the key question- raising questions about the nature and existence of God focussing on Christian ideas about God. We will consider why people do or don’t believe in God andthe impact that might have on the way they live their life.
 
Physical Education (P.E)-Gymnastics
 
We will be learning to perform a variety of floor and vault movements. We will learn stag jumps, split leaps, pike rolls, round-offs and the squat through vault while developing their understanding of the necessary flexibility, strength and control needed to perform the movements successfully. Children will have the opportunity to choreograph their own sequences and routines and perform individually and as part of a pair or group.

Year 5 Curriculum Overview - Autumn 2

 
English and Reading
Our focus for this half term is a fictional text called Goodnight Mr. Tom.
It is set at the outbreak of World War II and tells the story of an evacuee, William, from a very tough background.
This text will form the basis of a great deal of the work that we do across the curriculum.
Through this story the children will experience a wide range of genres, including poetry and reports.
 
Maths
 
This half term in number, we will focus on multiplication and division. Children will learn how to multiply and divide by multiples of 10/100/1000 and extend their knowledge of formal methods..
In statistics we will be looking at presenting and interpreting data, and using timetables. We will be learning to measure perimeter and area.
There will also be a focus on problem solving activities.
 
Design Technology
 
To link with our science and history topics, we will be looking at choosing the appropriate materials to build a model Anderson shelter.
The children will design to a brief and think of ways to reinforce their shelters. They will be given the opportunity to evaluate and adapt their work.
The unit will culminate in a test of the strength of their shelters.
 
History: The Second World War
 
Our focus text, Goodnight Mr. Tom, is set in England during the Second World War. In history our main focus will be on life on the home front, and will include areas such as rationing and evacuation.
The children will also have the opportunity to learn about the chronology of the war, major events and the Holocaust, which will be dealt with in a sensitive and age-appropriate manner.
 
Science - Materials and their properties
 
In this unit, the children will be exploring the properties of different materials. They will investigate how well different materials conduct and insulate.
We will focus on how to interpret and present results.
 
Computing- Making Games
 
The children will be given the opportunity to be web designers in this unit using WordPress. They will look at websites and evaluate their effectiveness before choosing a topic for their own website.
They will edit and make improvements before present their work to the class.
 
French
The children will continue to learn how to give and follow directions.
They will also consolidate their knowledge of the alphabet in French.
 
Religious Education (R.E)
 
This investigation enables pupils to learn in depth from Christianity, considering in a detailed way some teachings of Jesus and the ways they are applied today. Pupils will consider examples of what Jesus said, and how Christians today respond to the challenges of his teachings.
 
Physical Education (P.E)-Tag Rugby
The children will learn how to play the non-contact version of rugby in this unit. Through learning the game they will be able to develop their skills in ball handling, tactical awareness and teamwork.

Year 6 overview

Year 6 Curriculum Overview - Autumn 1

English and Reading
 
Our focus for this half term is a fictional text called‘Journey to the River Sea’.
Through this adventurous text the children will be enhancing their skills on the following: narratives, recounts, using dialogue, letters, balanced arguments, selecting appropriate vocabulary and newspaper reports.
When reading, the children will have the opportunity to make predictions, read and retrieve information, as well as using evidence from the text to justify their answers and take on character roles.
 
Maths
 
This half term we will be focussing on the four operations: addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. We will be revising the methods used when calculating with whole numbers and the correct order in which we solve calculations: brackets, indices, divide, multiply, add and then subtract (BIDMAS).
We will also revise factors, multiples, prime numbers and square and cubed numbers.
 
Art - American Art
As part of this unit, the children will be learning about artists from Central and South America and will explore how art is created as well as the different formats it is produced in.
They will create dream catchers, picture puzzles and stained glass window collages- all focused on the theme of the Amazon.
Alongside this, in Design Technology the children will be learning about boats and using this information to design and make their own boat, like the Arabella which Maia travels on through the River Sea. The question is: will they successfully float?
 
History/Geography - Amazing Americas
 
In this unit, children will first find out about the continents of North and South America, and the countries that form them.
They will also look in more detail at some of the contrasting regions of the Americas, finding out about the landscape, climate and locations of each area.
In our class text, Maia travels to the Amazon Rainforest so we will be learning all about rainforests. We will also be learning about how human changes affect the Amazon Rainforest and the Borneo Rainforest.
Parents are then invited in to help us to build a giant rainforest!
 
Science - Living Things and Their Habitats
During this unit, the children will learn about the classification of living things, including micro-organisms. They will learn about the standard system of classification first developed by Carl Linnaeus. The children will alsohave the opportunity to design their own ‘curious creature’and classify it based on its characteristics. Finally, the children will put their learning into practice by creating a field guide to the living things in the local area.
 
Computing - Amazing Bedrooms
This unit will begin with the children researching ideas fortheir ‘dream bedroom’. They will then combineappropriate online software to draw and design room plans and add other features. Finally, they will evaluate their design.
French
The children will be learning how to make statements about the school environment.
They will also be telling time using half-hours, quarter hours and 24hr clock notation.
 
Religious Education (R.E)
This unit enables to children to reflect on emotions and feelings linked to celebration and loss and investigate key beliefs and concepts in Christianity and Islam connected to birth, growing up, marriage and death.
 
Physical Education (P.E) - Tag Rugby
The children will learn the skills players need to play both defensively and offensively as a tag rugby player. The children will learn how to catch and throw while both stationary and on the move. They will develop their skills of tagging and sidestepping as well as making tactical decisions about when to make passes and tags. They will also learn the skill of intercepting, following the offside rule.

6A/6BW Curriculum Overview  Autumn 2

English
This half-term, we will start reading Shackleton’sJourney by William Grill. It is a fabulous book whichdescribes Shackleton’s adventures on board hisship as he travels around. We will be writing in many different genres. We will be writing: in role as character, story maps, character descriptions, letters, instructions, newspaper reports, speeches and a recount.
 
Maths
 
This half term we will be begin by focussing on fractions. We will start by finding equivalent fractions, simplifying fractions and ordering fractions. We will then move onto adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing fractions by whole numbers, fractions and mixed numbers.
Finally, we will be revising position and direction, focussing on coordinates, reflection and translation.
 
Music
This unit focuses on songs that can be sung in different combinations. The theme of challenging journeys in life resonates through this selection of songs with thoughts of change and transition and binds them in an optimistic and uplifting song-cycle performance.
 
History/Geography
 
During this topic we shall be learning about the following:
  • Six figure grid references to locate places on a map.
  • Using care and precision to create a good luck charm.
  • Explore the physical geography of Antarctica.
  • Design, make and test a model ship.
  • Use a compass to follow a route.
Religious Education (RE)
This unit enables to children to reflect on emotions and feelings linked to celebration and loss and investigate key beliefs and concepts in Christianity and Islam connected to birth, growing up, marriage and death.
 
Computing
This unit will be focussed on coding, using a programme that the children are familiar with- called Scratch. The children will be building and editing blocks of code. They will then progress onto inputting their own codes and adding animation.
 
Science
During this unit, the children will learn about the classification of living things, including micro- organisms. They will learn about the standard system of classification first developed by Carl Linnaeus.
 
Physical Education (PE)
We will begin by learning how to evade and tag opponents, then pass and receive at speed in a game situation, refine attacking and defending skills and finally, apply learned skills in a game of tag rugby.

6A and 6BW Curriculum Overview- Spring 1

English

This half term, we shall be focusing on the book Treason by Berlie Doherty. This historical text, based on Henry VIII, will provide an excellent stimulus for a variety of genres, including: newspaper reports, diaries, riddles, poetry, narratives, speeches and letters. A lot of genres to get stuck into!

A big focus this half term, will be on editing and improving our own work by identifying errors in grammar and punctuation as well as up-levelling the content of our writing.

Maths

We will begin this half-term by learning about decimals. The children will be multiplying and dividing decimals, converting decimals to fractions and percentages and vice-versa. We will then move on to finding percentages of amounts and calculating answers when percentages increase or decrease a number

We will be revising and learning new concepts involving algebra. We shall begin by finding simple rules, then solve word problems, solve two step equations and finally, find pairs of values.

Finally, we will be converting metric measures, calculating with metric measures and then converting from imperial to metric.

Art and Design Technology

Over the course of this half term, we shall be exploring Tudor portraits: how they show status and character before going on to creating their own Tudor portrait, using perspective from real life, as well as care and precision to draw accurately. Then, the children will be designing, making and evaluating Tudor houses.

History/Geography - The Tudors

This half term our topic is The Tudors and The Monarchy. The children will be learning about what life was like in the Tudor times. They will be learning about: how the Tudors were educated; they games that they played; food that they ate; sports that they played; their living and working conditions. The children will learn all about Henry VIII and the divide in the church during his ruling. They will also learn about treason.

They will also learn about the changes in Monarchy over time.

Religious Education (RE)

Our new topic is- ‘What matters most to Christians and to Humanists?’

We shall be exploring the idea of ‘living by a code’,morals and values, as well as learning about Humanist beliefs and the differences/similarities to Christianity.

Computing - Let's Learn a language

The aim of this unit is to introduce children to the world of programming languages, of which there are many. They will experiment with learning and writing write and adapt programmes using Javascript.

Physical Education (PE) - Dance

During this unit the children will learn about a range of different techniques required in the art of dance. These include: the skill of improvisation; how to react appropriately to different stimuli; how to move with precision, control and fluency; how to use movement to demonstrate an idea and how to evaluate and improve their performance.

Science - Living things and their habitats

Children will describe how living things can be classified into broad groups according to characteristics and give reasons for their classifications.

They will record data and results using scatter graphs and use classification keys