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
Our core text for this half term will be the picture book ‘Unspoken’ by Henry Cole. Alongside this text will be our history-based project: ‘How can everyday heroes change history?’’. The overarching theme of this project is slave trades of the 17th and 18th Century, and our focus will be on the people and brave actions in changing the laws around these injustices The picture book tells the story of a safe house on the ‘underground railroad’ route through the southern states of America. Our product will be a collection of biographies of people from this time, with students choosing powerful stories that resonate and inspire them and retell the important stories of these ‘everyday heroes’.
Our key pieces of writing throughout this half term are: a diary entry, a song, and the biographies. Our weekly essential questions will promote deep thinking and make the skills being taught explicit to the children. Alongside this our students will have regular, rich reading lessons based around the novel ‘The Boy at the Back of the Class’ by Onjali Q Rauf, where our six key reading skills will be explicitly focused on and developed.
In maths students will begin by exploring patterns within and between multiplication tables and deepening their understanding of multiples of seven and nine to consolidate their knowledge and conceptual understanding of times tables up to 12 x 12. During the next unit on fractions, pupils will begin by revisiting previous learning, considering what a fraction is and how it can be represented. They will then progress to find equivalent fractions, handle mixed numbers and improper fractions, add and subtract fractions, calculate fractions of quantities and finally solve problems involving fractions. Throughout the unit pupils will be using a variety of representations, to increase their flexibility and depth of understanding.