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National Curriculum

What will my child learn in school?

We place a great emphasis on helping the children make links in their learning through a cross-curricular approach to our wider subject teaching.  Our 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  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

Can we explore it?

Understanding the world

Can I have a dog yet?

Understanding the world

Which Traditional Tale is best?

Literacy/communication & language

Why do spiders eat flies?

Understanding the World

Am I the fastest?

Physical Development

Y1/2 Enchanted Woodland

Science driver

Moon Zoom

DT/Science driver

Memory Box

History driver

Bright Lights, Big City

Geography driver

Land Ahoy!

History/Geography driver

Wiggle and Crawl

Science driver

Y3/4 Potions

Science driver

Traiders and Raiders

History driver

Burps, Bottoms and Bile

Science driver


Music driver

Blue Abyss

Art & Design

Misty Mountain Sierra

Geography driver

Y5 Time Traveller

Art driver


History driver


Science driver


Geography driver

Peasants, Princes and Pestilence

History driver

Scream Machine

Science driver

Y6 A Child’s War

History driver

Frozen Kingdom

Geography driver

Darwin’s Delights

Science driver

Hola Mexico!

Music driver


Science driver


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