To succeed in the 21st century and to succeed against the odds, we believe that the curriculum needs to provide all students with the opportunities to acquire expertise in the basics and subject disciplines as well as developing their character, skills, critical thinking and leadership.

  • Mastery lessons – where children practise learning phonics, grammar or a language

  • Project Based Learning – where children have an extended period of time to explore a science, humanities or thematic project

  • Creativity – where children spend time producing great products, shows or events in music, art, design, drama and science, through workshops, external practitioners and the specialist resources of the Secondary school

  • Thinking and philosophy – we believe in children getting the chance from an early age to think deeply, ask intelligent questions and debate moral and social issues.


Our project question is “How can our true colours shine through?" and through this, we will be using the story of "How to be a lion" by Ed Vere to explore our individual personalities and share our likes and dislikes with others. 

We will be making a class book about each of us and at the end of the term, hosting an art gallery of all of our self portraits to introduce ourselves to our school community. Please do

Year 1

Year 2

Year 3

Year 4

This half term Year 4 will be reading ‘The Boy in the Dress' by David Walliams. Alongside this text will be our project, with the essential question: 'How can our true colours shine through?'. This whole project explores the themes of acceptance, individuality, and kindness and will culminate in a whole school campaign to the London public. Year 4 will be contributing towards our campaign by designing and redrafting posters which represent them, and their colours. This project will culminate in a march with all of primary, with everyone showcasing their unique designs. 

The project will be complemented by our story telling lessons, in which we will be focussing on petitions, monologue writing and free verse poetry. Students will become storytellers and be able to recite our story off-by-heart. Our weekly essential questions will promote deep thinking and make the skills being taught explicit to the children. Alongside this our students will have access to a rich array of spelling, handwriting, and shared reading sessions. 


In Maths students will begin by exploring 4 digit numbers. We will start by considering the place value of different digit and utilising this to: complete simple addition and subtraction (such as +2000), comparing and ordering numbers, and rounding numbers. Once this is secure, we will move on to addition and subtraction, using both mental and written strategies to solve problems using 4 digit numbers. Times table rock stars will also be used 3 times per week in order to increase mathematical fluency.

Subject areas

English Language


Spark & Creativity

Project-Based Learning

Rich Experiences

School 21 teaches Sex and Relationships in accordance with our policy and also Religious Education.

School 21, Pitchford Street, London, E15 4RZ      T:  020 8262 2121     E:

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