Introduction to Topics

The school curriculum leader  is Mrs C Bonds
 

Our topics are structured using half-termly whole school themes, with a geography or history focus. Geography topics develop the concepts of place, space and scale. Where possible they provide the geographical context for the following history topic. In history, the periods studied enable pupils to make connections in local and world history by developing the key concepts of: chronology, evidence, significance, change and interpretation.

Our Medium Term Plans (MTP) are supported by ‘small steps in progression’ documents- ensuring a progression in both concepts and content. Where possible the MTP interleaves science, music, art, DT, PSHE and RE to provide depth and breadth and interconnectedness within and the topic.

We are confident that this approach offers a truly broad and balanced curriculum to all pupils. It offers the chance for all pupils to encounter and understand the very best that has been thought, said, sung, danced, made and played. We believe that this will inspire pupils to go on and excel in their chosen field, with the widest range of opportunities available to them.

 
If you would like to view our Curriculum policy then it can be viewed here.
 
 Below are the Topic titles which the different year groups will be studying this year.
 
 
 How do I know how my child is progressing?
 
Throughout their daily classroom practice teachers are continually monitoring the progress of each child. Teachers are then able to amend and tailor learning opportunities to meet the specific needs of the individually in the classroom. Three times a year, in October, February and May every pupil is formally assessed. Progress is reported to parents in termly reports and at regular consultation meetings.
 
Behaviour
 
Staff use a positive approach to managing behaviour based upon a system of rewards and consequences which have been discussed and agreed with the children. The emphasis within this is upon rewarding positive behaviour (catching them doing it right), rather than catching them doing it wrong. There are many rewards in place for those pupils who make good choices including team points, stickers, Head teacher’s awards, golden lunchtime tickets to name but a few. In the unusual circumstances of a child failing to respond to the rules and guidelines in place action appropriate to the individual is taken including contacting the parents and encouraging them to work in partnership to address the situation.
 
International learning and British citizenship
 
Where ever possible teachers will try and expand childrens’ learning on a global level. Children will learn about other countries, faiths, foods, education and religions. Where possible, links to very contrasting international schools will be made with some long successful partnerships already running. They will be taught in a way that promotes tolerance, respect and understanding of others faiths and beliefs and in a way that is reflective of being a British citizen. ie. democracy, mutual respect, the rule of law and as mentioned tolerance of others faiths and beliefs.
 
Whole school assembly themes.
 
Every fortnight we welcome our guests from 'Open the Book' where they celebrate and reenact passages from the bible. The children often partake and join in these fun assemblies using role play to interpret morals and act out key messages.
 
Miss Furnish  holds a whole school assembly every week covering the following themes: New beginnings; resilience; making mistakes; positive learning habits; anti radicalisation; keeping safe (safeguarding)and what to do; behaviour and behaviour for learning; respect; cultural diversity; British law; Getting on and falling out; online safety and attendance. Other themes may be covered as and when there is a need to do so, for example natural disasters or global issues that may have arisen.