We plan on a two year cycle. This means that teachers can plan exciting opportunities, experiences, trips and visits together. The Topic curriculum structure is planned so that children get a deep and immersive experience and so that there is clear delineation between topic themes to avoid confusion. between different ancient cultures. Art, DT and Music, to some extent, are also linked to the topic driver.
The English curriculum is driven by the topic, as we base all our learning in quality texts, which are linked to the topic. It is our belief that this cross-curricular approach deepens and embeds learning to ensure that information is transferred to the long-term memory.
When studying ancient cultures such as Greece and Egypt, the children also compare and contrast to the modern day counterpart; thus immersing themselves in cultural diversity.
In Geography led units, the children learn about (and from) cultures, faiths and communities; as well as physical geography.
Our Golden Threads have been devised to meet the needs of the children in our community; to ensure that they are fully equipped to flourish in a diverse and complex society.
From these golden threads, we have built each subject's curriculum.
Each subject has up to nine knowledge threads that reoccur year on year at the age appropriate level. Other elements will be taught too - but through these knowledge threads, we are building what we value and what our children need.
For example in History, we revisit the Slavery Knowledge Thread year on year as this is an important part of Black history, as well as an important opportunity to gain WISDOM from the past. It can also be played forward and linked to modern day slavery, including County Lines - an issue in our locality.