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Our Curriculum for Years 1 to 6 at Haydon Abbey School

 

At Haydon Abbey School we are very proud of our very exciting curriculum which engages our children and gives them a thirst for life - long learning.

 

The school is organised into phases in order that children can work with their peers in the parallel year group.

 

The school has a two year rolling curriculum to ensure that all the National Curriculum skills are taught. Our curriculum themes are launched each term with a “Wow” day or trip and then celebrated at the end of term with an assembly or other form of presentation. The end of term events provide an opportunity for the children to showcase all the amazing things they have learnt.

 

The National Curriculum is taught as part of the broader school curriculum and consists of the Core Subjects, which are English, Mathematics, Science and Computing (ICT), and the Foundation Subjects, which are History, Geography, Art, Music, Physical Education (PE), Personal, Social, Health and Citizenship Education (PSHCE) and Design Technology. Religious Education (RE) is taught in accordance with the Buckinghamshire Agreed Syllabus for RE. Subjects may be incorporated into cross-curricular themes when appropriate, or taught separately when applicable.

 

When our youngest pupils join the school in the Early Years they will follow the Early Years Statutory Framework

 

Years 1 to 6 pupils are taught all National Curriculum Subjects plus Religious Education. From Year 3 pupils also learn French. We teach a broad and balanced curriculum, where children apply their knowledge, skills and understanding through meaningful cross curricular links between subjects. Our curriculum is creative and exciting where we foster a love of learning, encouraging pupils to aim high, have a ‘can do’ attitude and to take risks in their learning, without fearing failure.

 

In Key Stage 2 there is an emphasis on the key skills of English and Maths, with reading, spelling, punctuation and mental arithmetic receiving particular attention.

 

We aim to support all pupils, whatever their abilities, and so from time to time small groups or individualised sessions are arranged to further this aim.

 

We are aware that many of the life skills which make good learners, such as team work; the ability to reflect and evaluate; creativity; independent enquiry and the ability to manage one’s own workload and responsibilities, do not neatly fit into traditional subject areas. Because of this, we also arrange a number of cross-curricular theme days during the year to enable our pupils to challenge themselves and develop these skills in practice.

 

https://www.gov.uk/national-curriculum/overview

 

Haydon Abbey Themed Curriculum Year 1 to Year 6

 

The school combines the interests of the children and the National Curriculum skills to create topics that are engaging and exciting for all. Children from each phase are asked to express their current interests and any areas that they would like to develop their knowledge of, these ideas are then used to build themes taught for that term. Our curriculum themes are launched each term with a “WOW” day or trip which gives children experiences that will enrich their learning and capture their excitement. Children will then hold end of term events which provide an opportunity for the children to showcase all the amazing things that they have learnt.

Year Group

Autumn

Spring

Summer

Early Years

Marvellous Me

Children’s interests

Festivals/ Christmas

 

Areas of learning to be met throughout continuous provision.

 

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People who help us

Traditional Tales 

 

Areas of learning to be met throughout continuous provision.

 

 

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Life Cycles/growing 

children’s interest 

 

Areas of learning to be met throughout continuous provision.

 

 

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Year 1

Toys

NC: History – changes within living memory. Where appropriate, these should be used to reveal aspects of change in national life

 

Introduce children to history by beginning with own family history.

 

 

 

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Explorers

NC: Geography –understand geographical similarities and differences through studying the human and physical geography of a small area of the United Kingdom, and of a small area in a contrasting non-European country

 

Looking at the local area as a starting point. Move on to teach children about the wider world. Focus on geographical skills.

 

Under the sea

NC: Geography –key physical features, including: beach, cliff, coast, forest, hill, mountain, sea, ocean, river, soil, valley, vegetation, season and weather.

name and locate the world’s 7 continents and 5 oceans

 

Focus on geographical features such as coasts and cliffs.

 

 

Year 2

London

NC: History – events beyond living memory that are significant nationally or globally [for example, the Great Fire of London]

 

Focusing on the capital city look at key events which have shaped British history.

 

 

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Myths and Legends

NC: History –events beyond living memory that are significant nationally

Geography – name, locate and identify characteristics of the 4 countries and capital cities of the United Kingdom and its surrounding seas

 

Focusing on the four countries of the UK look at historical stories and their impact on the countries today.

 

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Splish, Splash, Splosh

NC: Geography – identify seasonal and daily weather patterns in the United Kingdom and the location of hot and cold areas of the world in relation to the Equator and the North and South Poles

 

Compare rainfall of the UK and the equator/poles. Introduce rivers and the water cycle.

 

Year 3

Ancient Greece

NC: History - Ancient Greece – a study of Greek life and achievements and their influence on the western world

 

Complete an in-depth study of Ancient Greece including their impact on the UK.

 

 

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Farm to Fork

NC: Geography  -human geography, including: types of settlement and land use, economic activity including trade links, and the distribution of natural resources including energy, food, minerals and water

 

Look at farming through time focusing on land use, trading and distribution.

 

 

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Tudors

NC: History – a local history study. A study of an aspect or theme in British history that extends pupils’ chronological knowledge beyond 1066.

 

An in-depth study on the Tudors including: the local impact (Rothschild/Waddesdon), exploring (The Mary Rose) and the monarchy and the changes they made.

 

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Year 4

Rivers and Mountains

NC: Geography - physical geography, including: climate zones, biomes and vegetation belts, rivers, mountains, volcanoes and earthquakes, and the water cycle

 

Focus on the topographical features of places around the world.

 

Romans

NC: History - the Roman Empire and its impact on Britain

 

An in-depth study of Roman history including: their inventions, mythology/religion, leaders and invasions. Finishing by considering life after the Romans (Anglo-Saxons/Vikings)

 

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Inventors

NC: History - a study of an aspect or theme in British history that extends pupils’ chronological knowledge beyond 1066. Changes in Britain from the Stone Age to the Iron Age

 

Look at significant inventions which have had an impact on our lives today.

 

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Year 5

Crime and Punishment

NC: History - a study of an aspect or theme in British history that extends pupils’ chronological knowledge beyond 1066. Changes in an aspect of social history, such as crime and punishment.

 

A study through time focusing on the changes surrounding crime and punishment within key eras (Saxons, Tudors, Victorians). Including the history of Aylesbury prison.

 

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Wonders of the World

NC: Geography - understand geographical similarities and differences through the study of human and physical geography of a region of the United Kingdom, a region in a European country, and a region in North or South America.

 

Introduce children to the world focusing on key geographical features. Focus on natural and ancient wonders.

 

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Natural Disasters

NC: Geography - physical geography, including: climate zones, biomes and vegetation belts, rivers, mountains, volcanoes and earthquakes, and the water cycle.

 

Consider the human and physical causes and impacts of various natural disasters.

 

 

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Year 6

World War Two

History - a study of an aspect or theme in British history that extends pupils’ chronological knowledge beyond 1066

 

The impact of war on children with the main focus on WW2 but also considering other wars known by children and current issues.

 

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Egyptians

History - the achievements of the earliest civilizations – an overview of where and when the first civilizations appeared and a depth study of one of the following – Egypt.

 

An in-depth study of the Ancient Egyptians considering their impact on the world today.

 

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