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Our Curriculum

At Earlsfield we offer our pupils an inspiring curriculum that is broad, balanced, diverse and reflective of the global society and culture in which we live.

Our curriculum intent

Our aim at  Earlsfield is for every child to meet their full potential by:

  • Celebrating effort as well as achievement, having high aspirations for all and enabling all children to succeed
  • Placing the child at the centre of learning, nurturing their creativity, developing independence and resilience and ensuring that they are able to access a relevant and appropriate curriculum that meets their needs
  • Creating a respectful and supportive environment which celebrates the rights of the child, diversity, social responsibility and promotes our values
  • Developing a love of learning through effective teaching and a broad and balanced curriculum that reflects our values
  • Promoting positive mental health and emotional wellbeing
  • Challenging themselves and encouraging others

We allow pupils to grow as individuals, as learners and as future citizens through a curriculum which develops interpersonal skills, builds resilience, confidence, self-esteem and encourages creative, critical thinking.

Children enjoy practical, fun and challenging learning experiences that will prepare them for life in 21st Century Britain.

We teach the foundation subjects (DT, Geography, History, PSHE) and Computing through a Topic based approach to learning, which links subjects together and teaches the skills that underpin the whole curriculum. Pupils are encouraged to make links between different subjects, creating curriculum cohesion and enabling pupils to link their learning appropriately. Teachers also plan opportunities for pupils to make links with core subject learning and Literacy (Reading, Writing and Spoken Language) and Math based outcomes are planned into each topic cycle.

We have a firm commitment to the arts and our music and art provision are linked carefully to our topic focus.

Reception to Year 6 follow a curriculum map, with pre-planned topics and enquiry questions. Nursery follow a more organic and personalised curriculum, where planning and provision responds to the pupils interests as they progress through the year.

As a rights respecting school, our school values (I CARE), UNCRC articles and the global learning knowledge, skills and values are at the heart of our curriculum. These enable teachers to incorporate topical, relevant issues and events which inspire learners, staff and the school community. We recognise that learning is not just about subjects and knowledge, but also about developing a child’s personal and social qualities; care and consideration for others, empathy, compassion, resilience, honesty and respect.

We enrich learning within each topic and inspire children to want to find out more by planning school trips, visitors and workshops. These trips and visits underpin the topics and set the children’s learning into real life contexts, helping them to make sense of it. Home learning projects and homework tasks also enhance our topic outcomes and achievements; children go home inspired by their learning, wanting to delve deeper and find out/do more!

Objectives outlined in the statutory EYFS Framework, The Early Learning Goals (2017) and The National Curriculum (2014) framework for Key Stages 1 and 2 have been used to develop progressive ‘I can’ statements linked to subject skills from Nursery to Year 6. Please see the ‘I can …’ progression document for a breakdown of the skills we cover in each year group in Art, DT, Geography, History, PSHE and Computing. These ‘I can …’ statements build upon prior learning, provide opportunities to consolidate and deepen knowledge to help learners remember the content they have been taught.

Our topic based approach

Where practically possible (and as outlined above) we have adopted a topic based approach that encapsulates many of the foundation subjects.

 

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Spring 1

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Summer 1

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Our School

Celebrations

Favourite tales

Minibeasts

Superheroes

Year 1

How has my local area changed?

Why do people travel?

Hello, is there anybody out there?

Would you like to be a real life King or Queen?

Is it better to live in the city or the countryside?

Year 2

Could the Great Fire of London happen today?

Can anyone make a difference?

Whatever happened to the dinosaurs?

Is organic better?

How did the stone age, bronze age and the iron age get their names?

How is life different for our friends in New Delhi?

Year 3

How did the Roman invasion affect British life?

How has the Windrush Generation influenced British culture?

What makes a good community?

How are we influenced by designers?

Who were the Aztecs?

Year 4

Did life in Britain regress under the Anglo Saxon rule?

Did the Vikings deserve their violent reputation? Ruthless killers or peaceful settlers?

What is life like in Brazil?

What is happening to our rainforests?

What is fair trade?

How do Museums help us understand the past?

Year 5

What is democracy and the legacy of the Ancient Greeks?

What makes a Monarch memorable? Including empire trade and discovery

The Power of the Earth

What does it take to launch a successful Contemporary art Exhibition?

Year 6

What impact do humans have on our rivers and oceans?

What was the impact of WW2 on London?

What do we need to put on a successful Year Six production?

 Autumn Term Knowledge Organisers

 Our knowledge organisers outline the key facts for our topics. Please note that many are in the form of a question but the ? cannot be represented on a saved PDF file!