Curriculum Topics – EYFS & Key Stage 1

Our curriculum strives to be responsive to each learner, and builds on individual strengths and interests. A three year rolling plan is in place, which supports a balance of stimulating contexts for learning through different learning experiences, themes and subjects.

On the following pages are the topics/themes for each key stage covering the three year cycle, along with a brief description of what is covered by each topic. These topics will be kept under review and amended accordingly to remain relevant and responsive to changing needs or national/international events, e.g. a Royal event or a major sporting tournament.

Topics are planned and shared across partner classes. This means that teachers are able to share ideas and skills when planning and delivering topics and sometimes combine to work with other students. Topics are planned to last for a fixed length, typically a half term, and are often started or finished with a launch assembly or final sharing assembly or activity.

Topics will be developed by staff using a ‘topic web’ approach and planning will take into consideration the skills to be learned as well as the contexts in which they will be learned. This is because we fully recognise the importance of our pupils being able to transfer these skills and that they should be developed in many different contexts across the curriculum. Only then will they gain mastery and the skill be generalised.

Working within these broad themes we are able to be adapt the curriculum to the needs and interests of all learners, medium term plans are tailored to the needs of the specific class, adapting the learning areas and opportunities to their interests, needs and level of learning. Daily planning supports the appropriate learning of individual pupils and is very adaptable to changes to support pupil’s changing needs and experiences.

We also provide regular Phonics ( Letters and Sounds) and Guided Reading lessons (Oxford Reading Tree) and lessons focusing on application of number along with specific subject based teaching in Physical Education and RE. Sometimes, when learning requires a specialist teaching space, for example Food Technology, these will be taught as discrete subjects but the focus will remain on the development of key skills. Through our topics we are able to promote student’s social, moral, spiritual and cultural development (SMSC)

June 2016

EYFS & Key Stage 1