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Our curriculum strives to be responsive to each learner, and builds on individual strengths and interests.  A three year rolling plan is in place, which supports a balance of stimulating contexts for learning through different learning experiences, themes and subjects.

On the following pages are the topics/themes for each key stage covering the three year cycle, along with a brief description of what is covered by each topic.  These topics will be kept under review and amended accordingly to remain relevant and responsive to changing needs or national/international events, e.g. a Royal event or a major sporting tournament.

Topics are planned and shared across partner classes.  This means that teachers are able to share ideas and skills when planning and delivering topics and sometimes combine to work with other students.  Topics are planned to last for a fixed length, typically a half term, and are often started or finished with a launch assembly or final sharing assembly or activity.

Topics will be developed by staff using a ‘topic web’ approach and planning will take into consideration the skills to be learned as well as the contexts in which they will be learned.  This is because we fully recognise the importance of our pupils being able to transfer these skills and that they should be developed in many different contexts across the curriculum.  Only then will they gain mastery and the skill be generalised.

Working within these broad themes we are able to be adapt the curriculum to the needs and interests of all learners, medium term plans are tailored to the needs of the specific class, adapting the learning areas and opportunities to their interests, needs and level of learning.  Daily planning supports the appropriate learning of individual pupils and is very adaptable to changes to support pupil’s changing needs and experiences.

We also provide regular Phonics and Guided Reading lessons and lessons focusing on application of number along with specific subject based teaching in Physical Education and RE.   Sometimes, when learning requires a specialist teaching space, for example Food Technology, these will be taught as discrete subjects but the focus will remain on the development of key skills.  Through our topics we are able to promote students’ social, moral, spiritual and cultural development (SMSC)

June 2016

 Year 1  Topic
 Autumn term 1  Changes

Students will learn about different kinds of changes. They will learn about changes in materials, They will learn about young animals changing into adults, learn how to make new rhymes and change words,They  will learn about changes in seasons and weather.   They will learn about body changes as they get older.  They will learn about changes in feelings. They will look at changes overtime in the local area.

 Autumn term 2  Winter

Students will find out about winter and the effects it has on ourselves and the world around us. We will look closely at how winter affects animals during these months, focusing on hibernation and migration. We will learn how to keep warm, what clothes should we wear and what food we should  eat. We will investigate how to keep ourselves safe in the dark, special materials and clothes. We can find out what we can we do to help people in the community to stay safe in the winter?

 Spring term 1

Let’s Celebrate

Throughout this topic, students will learn about how special events are celebrated. They will notice similarities between different celebrations such as sharing food and special decorations.  Students will look at family and community celebrations and explore personal attributes and qualities that could be celebrated. Celebrations that could be included in this topic include New Year’s celebrations, birthdays, religious celebrations, celebrations around the world and school and community celebrations.  
 Spring term 2 Get Set Go 

This topic will focus on transport. The children will have the opportunity to investigate different types of vehicles and how they travel, on land, air or water.  We can find out what jobs the vehicles do? Emergency Services, building sites, transporting goods or leisure. The children can explore 2D and 3D shapes on vehicles and create vehicles using shapes. Through drama children can travel on different vehicles and journeys, travel on a bus, book a holiday at the travel agents, and go to the airport.  They can pack their bags for a journey and make sandwiches for their packed lunch or picnic. 

 Summer term 1 Spring

 In this topic students will learn about spring plants and flowers, animals, bugs and insects.  They will explore and observe the life cycle of animals and plant and where possible care for plants and animals e.g caterpillars and seeds, first hand.  Students will look at the different settings plants and animals are found e.g farm, park and visit or role play these settings.  Preparation and cooking techniques will be used to develop students understanding of where food comes from and what it can be made into. 
 Summer term 2  Out and About

Students can find out about their local community and using a map find where they live. They can visit the local town, find out about the shops, market, shopping centre and supermarkets. The can explore the town and its wildlife.  The children can find out about the countryside and compare it to our town. We can find out about the wildlife in the countryside, farms, and parks and learn about the importance of the countryside code. The children can go out and about to the seaside and find out about the wildlife at the beach and under the sea.


Year 2



term 1

Me, Myself and I

In this topic students will learn about their body, including names of body parts, bones and how we use them. Students will use their bodies in different ways e.g rolling, jumping and dancing. Students will explore different emotions and how they make us feel. Students will look at their own likes and dislikes and communicate this information in an appropriate format e.g verbally, sign, symbols. Students will participate in learning about family, friends and people who are important to them.


term 2

Light and Sound

During the study of light and sound students will develop their science skills through inquiry, prediction, observation, exploration, discussion and recording. In this topic students will be given opportunities to work collaboratively, solve problems, through participating in practical activities e.g exploring different light sources. They will answer questions such as; what happens when materials vibrate? What objects can be used to communicate over a distance? What happens when light is blocked or when materials of different kinds are placed in the path of a beam of light?

Students will be given the opportunity to explore the importance of light and sound in community and religious celebrations which could include:  Hanukkah, Diwali and Christmas. Students will look at light and sound in everyday life e.g sun, stars, moon, light switches, TVs, radio and sound systems. Students will use the sensory room and immersive room to develop tracking, cause and effect skills.


term 1

Toys and Games

During this topic the students will have the opportunity to explore toys and games; learning how to play games with their friends and sharing toys/games in the classroom and during social times. The students will investigate how to makes toys move, make sounds or light up.  Sharing their likes and dislikes of toys, sorting toys and showing their favourite toy with the class. They will find out about toys from the past, visiting local museums and toys from other countries around the world.

The students will make toys, moving toys, switch toys and board games using different materials and tools. They will investigate pushing and pulling toys and games through science experiments; for example, pushing and pulling toy cars, swings and large wheeled toys.  

Students will learn different physical games, take part in football tournaments or other inter class games. They will also have the opportunity to play social games in the community, for example, bowling, quasar or air hockey.  Share the book Dogger, by Shirley Hughes


Term 2

Art and Sculpture

In this topic students will explore and manipulate different materials to form 2d and 3d shapes using manmade and natural materials. Students will visit different locations to collect materials. Students will investigate the effects of using different ingredients and how they stack and join together. Students will mix together their own ingredients to form modelling dough.  Students will learn about different artists and use it as inspiration to create their own art work.  The importance of art in our everyday lives will be discussed and students will have an opportunity to look at community, religious, traditional and modern art




In this topic the children will learn all about the sea and rivers. They will find out about river Thames and our local area; Mucking nature reserve, watching docks and shipping, wildlife and bird watching, Tilbury Fort, history of the River Thames.

The children will investigate Floating and sinking, freezing, boiling and melting and bubbles. They will investigate water through water play. They will learn about capacity and measures through cooking and water play.  We will look at different types of weather, learning that rain is used to water plants and made into drinking water. The children will have the chance to explore water in different forms through sensory activities. Share the book The tiny seed by Eric Carle, Jaspers Beanstalk by Nick Butterworth and Mick Inkpen. Safety by the water



Wish you were here

We will look at going on holiday to different parts of the UK and the world. What we do when we are on holiday; sending postcards, going to the beach, clothing, rock pooling, sand, sea, swimming and sunbathing. Exploring sand, making sand art sculptures, writing in sand.  The children will learn about sun safety and stranger danger. The students will make picnics for a holiday or day out, learning about foods from around the world and local foods around the uk. The students will have the opportunity to find out about holidays of the past, visiting the local area and community and enjoy sensory activities linked to holidays home and abroad. Share the book The man whose mother is a pirate by Margeret Mayh, Where the wild things are by Maurice Sendak.