In Year 3 we desire for our children to be safe and happy, as well as being excited and challenged by their learning. We provide an environment where each child can strive in excellence in all they do. The way we organise the curriculum topics shows how we enable pupils to demonstrate progression of skills built on from previous years, as well as allowing the opportunity to teach and learn new subject knowledge.
The topics that will be taught this year in Year 3 shows coverage of the National Curriculum as well as providing learning opportunities that will capture the creativity and imagination of our children. It is through these topics we endeavour to learn, laugh and love, inspiring every individual to have the confidence to develop their unique potential and be a responsible, effective member of society.
During the Autumn term our Topic is Stone Age. This topic will dive straight into the prehistoric world, learning about when the ages were and what it was like to live during them. The main focus in this topic is history but links closely to Science and Geography. We aim to teach other skills during this topic through art, with the cave paintings and paper Mache axes, music, literacy and science. This topic is linked really well with rocks and fossils.
We continue the history theme into the Spring term with the Romans! Giving the children the opportunity to further explore the timeline in history. In this topic we will explore the roman invasion and roman life. DT provides the opportunity to create our own roman sandal and in Art we will design our very own roman pottery. The children will take part in lots of hands-on practical, fun experiments, allowing the children to develop their speaking and listening as well as learning new vocabulary.
The Summer term Keighley and beyond will complete our year together by exploring our local and wider environment. We will delve into the history of our local town and buildings using maps and geographical enquiry. Art provides the opportunity to use printing and layering recreating work by William Morris. These topics allow the children not only to ask questions about their local environment but fuels healthy curiosity in the children about themselves and the world around them.
In Year 4 we cover three topics. Rainforests, Tudors and Inventions. I teach these topics as I strongly have a passion for these subjects and through my enthusiasm and engaging manner of teaching, I inspire my class to become responsible learners. All curriculum subjects are delivered throughout using an immersive approach with new subject knowledge taught and the progression of skills built on from previous years.
Rainforests looks at a contrasting location to their own town and we compare how people live in their environment and how we live. It is necessary to recognise that there is life beyond our town.
Tudors is looked at as a turning point in British history. Being a Catholic school we very much have the Tudor dynasty to explain how we are today. Chronology plays a big part in that topic. It is also enhanced by a visit to a local monastery and incorporate local heritage.
Inventions brings us to where we have come from to where we are today. This is a heavily science related topic and the curriculum stems out from that emphasis. We also cover a project that incorporates our enrichment opportunity to the Yorkshire Dales to serve a purpose displaying and showing our work of our local area.
The Year 4 topics give a wide and varied experience for all its learners with the cultural capital enhancements within the local area including a residential and a monasteries that Henry VIII dissolved. Making them become creative thinkers, problem solvers and ready for life beyond primary school.
In Year 5 we look at three overarching themes: ‘What a wonderful world’, ‘If I could turn back time’ and ‘We built this city....on rock ‘n’ roll.’ As you may have guessed, these topic titles are the titles of songs, work is based around these.
All areas of the curriculum are taught in a creative way and skills are built on from previous years.
In our topic about our ‘Wonderful World’ we look at contrasting places in the world, space and world music. Understanding our world and the different cultures within it, I feel, is a vital understanding that our children need to know to become responsible citizens.
Within our topic of ‘turning back time’ this topic is heavily history based and looks at the importance of historical events and how they have shaped our world today. We look at what life was like specifically in the Victorian times and how this era paved the way for many jobs and inventions we have today.
Thirdly, our last topic ‘We built this city…’ we primarily look at our capital city of London. We compare and contrast places with London and learn about our country from a geographical point of view.
The year 5 topics allow for a progression of creative skills to be taught which build upon skills in previous years. Creativity is at the heart of these topics which will hopefully inspire year 5 in their learning.
I let the children choose this topic. On our transition day the children were able to choose from a variety of books and decided on Beetle Boy as they said they were interested in the environment and animals.
Tht topic also allowed us to bring in a variety of cross curricular topics and the vocabulary that goes with it, such as Animals and their Habitats and Evolution and Inheritance.
The children were keen to carry out some design and technology so I have planned in designing and building a beetle house, allowing the children to use some hand tools (a saw and a hand drill).
We also begin to explore our next topic around Remembrance Day, when we use sewing to create a poppy, which we will then take to Paris and wear when visiting Vimy Ridge.
We’ll Meet Again
This topic has grown from our visit to Paris.
By taking the children abroad we are broadening their horizons and giving them experiences they would possibly never get. We spend our time researching the war and the terrible times that the soldiers experienced.
We learn about the geography of the war and how it advanced upon Europe and consider the differing opinions. This allows children to expand their knowledge of the world as a whole and begin to have an understanding of different cultures and lives.
Our trip to Paris allows the children to use the French skills they have been building since lower KS2 and prepares them for the languages they will learn in later in later education.
This topic came from the children’s interest in Anne Frank and her life. It allows the children to compare religions and points of view. It also allows us to explore discrimination and prejudice and other issues that might go hand in hand with this, such as making judgements and bullying.
This topic comes together with a visit to the Anne Frank House in Amsterdam. This topic allows lots of cross curricular learning and plenty of opportunity to write, and so work towards our end of key stage objectives.