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National Curriculum

What will my child learn in school?

We have always placed a great emphasis on helping the children make links in their learning through a cross curricular approach to our wider subject teaching.  Our new curriculum continues this approach as children are taught through themes that have a distinct subject driver and clear curriculum links to other subjects allowing for greater development of skills within a strong and meaningful context for the children.

At Viewley Hill Academy, we encourage the ‘Cornerstones’ model, with 4 tenets of learning: Engage, Develop, Innovate, Express. This provides experiences which inspire the children, encourage independence and resilience in their learning and offer the opportunities to apply their skills in a range of contexts.

Children benefit from a breadth of curricular and real-world experiences, such as educational visits or visitors in school every half term to initiate the ‘Engage’ stage of their learning. This ‘hooks’ the pupils, encouraging curiosity and inspiring enquiry.

During the ‘Develop’ stage of the curriculum, the children will acquire knowledge which supports their questioning, in order that, during the ‘Innovate’ phase, they are able to self-direct, investigate and explore an aspect of their learning in greater depth. This style of learning promotes independence and builds resilience, as the pupils face challenges and seek ways to overcome them.

The final stage is ‘Express’, which gives the children an opportunity to share and disseminate their learning with others. This may take the form of a carnival procession, a school assembly or a musical performance. The collaborative and celebratory nature of this learning is highly inclusive and is frequently shared with parents.

Long term theme map:

  Autumn 1 Autumn 2 Spring 1 Spring 2 Summer 1 Summer 2
EYFS Why do you love me so much

Understanding the world

Why do leaves turn crispy?

Expressive arts and design

How many colours in the rainbow?

Understanding the world

Do dragons exist?

Understanding the world

Does it rhyme all the time?

Literacy/communication & language

Are eggs alive?

Understanding the World

Why is water wet?

Physical Development

Y1/2 Towers, Turrets and Tunnels

History driver

Mess, Muck and Mixtures

Art driver

Rio de Vida

Music/Geography driver

The Scented Garden

Science driver

Dinosaur Planet

History driver

Beachcombers

Science driver

Y3 Tribal Tales

History driver

Scumdiddlyumptious!

DT driver

Gods and Mortals

History driver

Mighty Metals

Science

Tremors

Geography driver

Predator!

Science driver

Y4 Misty Mountain Sierra

Geography driver

I am Warrior!

History driver

Burps, Bottoms and Bile

Science driver

Playlist

Music driver

1066

History driver

Potions

Science driver

Y5 Time Traveller

Art driver

Pharaohs

History driver

Stargazers

Science driver

Allotment

Geography driver

Peasants, Princes and Pestilence

History driver

Scream Machine

Science driver

Y6 A Child’s War

History driver

Frozen Planet

Geography driver

Darwin’s Delights

Science driver

Hola Mexico!

Music driver

Bloodheart

Science driver

Gallery Rebels

Art driver