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.
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 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 and Guided Reading lessons 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)
Year 1 of Rolling Plan
Changes - Autumn term 1
Students will learn about different kinds of changes. They will learn about changes in materials, They will learn about young animals changing into adults, learn how to make new rhymes and change words,They will learn about changes in seasons and weather. They will learn about body changes as they get older. They will learn about changes in feelings. They will look at changes overtime in the local area.
Winter - Autumn term 2
Students will find out about winter and the effects it has on ourselves and the world around us. We will look closely at how winter affects animals during these months, focusing on hibernation and migration. We will learn how to keep warm, what clothes should we wear and what food we should eat. We will investigate how to keep ourselves safe in the dark, special materials and clothes. We will find out what we can we do to help people in the community to stay safe in the winter?
Festivals and Traditions - Spring term 1
Throughout this topic, students will learn about how special events are celebrated. They will notice similarities between different celebrations such as sharing food and special decorations. Students will look at family and community celebrations and explore personal attributes and qualities that could be celebrated. Celebrations that could be included in this topic include New Year’s celebrations, birthdays, religious celebrations, celebrations around the world and school and community celebrations.
Get Set Go! - Spring term 2
This topic will focus on transport. The children will have the opportunity to investigate different types of vehicles and how they travel, on land, air or water. We will find out what jobs different vehicles are used for, such as emergency services, building trade, commerce or leisure. The children will explore 2D and 3D shapes on vehicles and create vehicles using shapes. Through our immersive learning experience children will travel on different vehicles and journeys, e.g. travel on a bus, book a holiday at the travel agents, and go to the airport. They will pack their bags for a journey and make sandwiches for their packed lunch or picnic.
Spring - Summer term 1
In this topic students will learn about spring plants and flowers, animals, bugs and insects. They will explore and observe the life cycle of animals and plant and where possible care for plants and animals e.g caterpillars and seeds, first hand. Students will look at the different settings plants and animals are found e.g farm, park and visit or role play these settings. Preparation and cooking techniques will be used to develop students understanding of where food comes from and what it can be made into.
Our Local Community - Summer term 2
Students will find out about their local community and using a map find where they live. They will visit the local town, find out about the shops, market, shopping centre and supermarkets. The will explore the town and its wildlife. The children will find out about the countryside and compare it to our town. We will find out about the wildlife in the countryside, farms, and parks and learn about the importance of the countryside code. The children will go out and about to the seaside and find out about the wildlife at the beach and under the sea.
Year 2 of the Rolling Plan
Me, Myself and I - Autumn term 1
In this topic students will learn about their body, including names of body parts, bones and how we use them. Students will use their bodies in different ways e.g rolling, jumping and dancing. Students will explore different emotions and how they make us feel. Students will look at their own likes and dislikes and communicate this information in an appropriate format e.g verbally, sign, symbols. Students will participate in learning about family, friends and people who are important to them.
Audio and Visual Science - Autumn term 2
During the study of light and sound students will develop their science skills through inquiry, prediction, observation, exploration, discussion and recording. In this topic students will be given opportunities to work collaboratively, solve problems, through participating in practical activities e.g exploring different light sources. They will answer questions such as; what happens when materials vibrate? What objects can be used to communicate over a distance? What happens when light is blocked or when materials of different kinds are placed in the path of a beam of light?
Students will be given the opportunity to explore the importance of light and sound in community and religious celebrations which could include: Hanukkah, Diwali and Christmas. Students will look at light and sound in everyday life e.g sun, stars, moon, light switches, TVs, radio and sound systems. Students will use the sensory room and immersive room to develop tracking, cause and effect skills.
Toys and Games - Spring term 1
During this topic the students will have the opportunity to explore toys and games; learning how to play games with their friends and sharing toys/games in the classroom and during social times. The students will investigate how to makes toys move, make sounds or light up. Sharing their likes and dislikes of toys, sorting toys and showing their favourite toy with the class. They will find out about toys from the past, visiting local museums and toys from other countries around the world.
The students will make toys, moving toys, switch toys and board games using different materials and tools. They will investigate pushing and pulling toys and games through science experiments; for example, pushing and pulling toy cars, swings and large wheeled toys.
Students will learn different physical games, take part in football tournaments or other inter class games. They will also have the opportunity to play social games in the community, for example, bowling, quasar or air hockey. Share the book Dogger, by Shirley Hughes
Art and Sculpture - Spring term 2
In this topic students will explore and manipulate different materials to form 2d and 3d shapes using manmade and natural materials. Students will visit different locations to collect materials. Students will investigate the effects of using different ingredients and how they stack and join together. Students will mix together their own ingredients to form modelling dough. Students will learn about different artists and use it as inspiration to create their own art work. The importance of art in our everyday lives will be discussed and students will have an opportunity to look at community, religious, traditional and modern art
Water - Summer term 1
In this topic the children will learn all about the sea and rivers. They will find out about river Thames and our local area; Mucking nature reserve, watching docks and shipping, wildlife and bird watching, Tilbury Fort, history of the River Thames.
The children will investigate Floating and sinking, freezing, boiling and melting and bubbles. They will investigate water through water play. They will learn about capacity and measures through cooking and water play. We will look at different types of weather, learning that rain is used to water plants and made into drinking water. The children will have the chance to explore water in different forms through sensory activities. Share the book The tiny seed by Eric Carle, Jaspers Beanstalk by Nick Butterworth and Mick Inkpen. Safety by the water
Wish you were here - Summer term 2
We will look at going on holiday to different parts of the UK and the world. What we do when we are on holiday; sending postcards, going to the beach, clothing, rock pooling, sand, sea, swimming and sunbathing. Exploring sand, making sand art sculptures, writing in sand. The children will learn about sun safety and stranger danger. The students will make picnics for a holiday or day out, learning about foods from around the world and local foods around the uk. The students will have the opportunity to find out about holidays of the past, visiting the local area and community and enjoy sensory activities linked to holidays home and abroad. Share the book The man whose mother is a pirate by Margeret Mayh, Where the wild things are by Maurice Sendak.
Year 3 of the Rolling Plan
My Family - Autumn term 1
In this topic Students will learn about the special people around them, who helps them and who is important to them. Students can share or talk about a particular member of their family and why they are special - what do they do together? (could be an aunt, uncle, cousin, grandparent, younger/older sibling.) They will find out about their family, their favourite food, where do they go out to eat dinner, what is their favourite meal. Learning about special dates in the family, birthdays, celebrations and special occasions. Students can find out about special celebrations, special food and activities around the world, they can learn about the different places families live. They will listen to familiar tales about families, for example, Beware of the bears, by Alan MacDonald, Six Dinner Sid by Inga Moore.
Costumes - Autumn term 2
We will look at different outfits for different occasions. This could be in our own lives, thinking how to dress appropriately for different seasons or occasions. We will learn how clothing has changed over time and how it can be adapted for particular purposes (emergency services, sportswear and safety clothing). We will use the opportunity to learn about different national costumes.
Extreme Earth - Spring term 1
We will learn about the Earth’s shape and identify key features such as oceans, mountains, polar regions. After identifying expected types of weather, we will move on to more extreme forms such as flooding, gales, hurricanes or blizzards. We will also learn about other phenomena like earthquakes or volcano eruptions. Wherever possible, this will be linked to events in the news at home and abroad.
Magic and Mythology - Spring term 2
In this topic the children will have the opportunity to share stories about magic and mythology, for example, Harry Potter. They will look closely at mythical creatures based in the story. Through drama, pupils can make costumes and props to retell parts of story or Greek Myth. The children can follow instructions to learn magic tricks and use a deck of cards for counting. The pupils will learn stories about Greek mythology through art and drama. They can Learn about myths in other countries, King Arthur and his round table, build a castle and Merlin’s cave. They can learn songs about dragons and invent their own.
Explorers - Summer term 1
Although this will focus primarily on the natural world, we will begin by identifying features in our environment and then sorting into natural and manmade. We will learn about the different animals and plants living in our school environment, before widening our search to local parks and gardens. As a part of this we will explore ways in which we can preserve our local environment. There will also be opportunity to learn about different habitats in the world (rain forests, polar regions, oceans) and the need to care for them.
Communities - Summer term 2
We are all part of many communities: home, school, work, leisure. We will start by looking at the different people within the Pioneer community and the roles they play in our lives. Moving on from this, we will identify and learn about different buildings in the local area and identify their purpose. Connected with this, there will be opportunity to learn about the different jobs. We will practise accessing different community facilities, be that for leisure, work, shopping or medical/ dental appointments.