Our Curriculum

Our broad and balanced curriculum is designed to inspire pupils to become literate and numerate by developing their individual interests whilst increasing their experiences and understanding of the world. We are committed to providing a safe environment where every child has the opportunity to develop their beliefs and aspirations whilst discovering talent within themselves . Our Christian ethos and strong community spirit enables every pupil to develop their sense of belonging and become life-long learners. The curriculum develops children’s behaviours and attitudes in readiness to go into the world as responsible, well-rounded individuals who achieve success and make positive contributions to society.

Our class curriculum overviews for 2021/22 can be viewed below.

Class 1 – YR/1 Autumn 1 Autumn 2 Spring 1 Spring 2 Summer 1 Summer 2
Topic/theme Space explorers Light and Dark Knights, princesses and dragons! Animators studio Timehoppers If we go down to the woods today!
Communication and language Circle Time 

Playing together

Likes and dislikes

Rhymes and story bag

Following instructions

Circle Time 

Playing together

Friendships

Rhymes/stories

Listening to music link with pictures

Circle time 

Sharing stories with other year groups

Circle Time 

Show and Share

Sharing ideas and projects with the class

Retelling stories 

Following instructions

Rhymes and chants

Listening attentively 

Creating stories and rhymes

Speaking confidently and clearly to others

Physical Development Movement songs 

Being healthy

Bikes – pushing, pedalling

Finger gym and dough disco

Year One

 

Music and Movement

Dance and movement. 

Go Noodle and Cosmic Kids

Yoga

Finger gym and dough disco

Year One

Parachute games

Dance

Outside equipment – control of movement. 

Basic equipment in PE

Finger gym and dough disco

Year One

 

Gymnastics

Apparatus

Hopping, jumping and moving freely 

Team games

Finger gym and dough disco

Year One

Ball skills

Digging 

Sandcastles

Water play

Handling tools

PE –

Parachute games

Finger gym and dough disco

Year One

Ball skills

Games

Ball skills 

Bikes – Gross Motor

Finger gym and dough disco

Year One

 

Team Games

Cricket

Personal, Social and Emotional Development  

(PSHE Year One)

Learning rules and expectations of our new class. 

Turn taking.

Interaction.

Making positive relationships.

Managing feelings.

Managing feelings. 

Sharing with friends.

Turn taking.

What does a good friend look like?

Healthy eating

Trying new things and building confidence 

Promoting independence

Managing feelings

Show care for living things 

Promoting independence

Working together Helping

Self-care routines

Promoting independence 

Being a kind friend

Circle time

New beginnings, moving on 

Managing feelings when things are changing

Literacy Book focus – Toys in space 

Beegu

Phonics

Year One

Constructing a sentence orally and written

Book focus – The light in the night 

Mog in the dark

Phonics

 

Year One

Instructions

Letters and postcards

Book focus –  Small knight and George and the royal chocolate cake. 

Phonics

 

Year One

Recount

Instructions

Leaflets

Book focus – Comic focus 

Phonics

 

Year One

Fact files

Recount

Book focus – TBC 

Phonics

 

Year One

Persuasive Writing

Recount

Book focus – 

Whatever next

Little Red Riding Hood

Phonics

 

Year One

Brochure

Maths Number 1-10 

Recognition. Reliably counting 1:1 correspondence

Number songs.

Subitising

Year One

Number system

More and less

Problem Solving:- using and applying

Calculation

Number 1-10 counting and recognition 

Addition

Number songs

Shape – 2D

1 more than

Year One

Number system

Problem Solving:- using and applying

Calculation

Number bonds to 10 

Numbers to 10 ordering

Addition and subtraction

Shape 2D/3D properties

Year One

Number system

Problem Solving:- using and applying

Calculation

Geometry Shape and Position

Numbers to 20 – recognition/ordering 

Shape and size – biggest smallest, longest shortest

Comparison

Estimation

Year One

Number system

Problem Solving:- using and applying

Calculation

Geometry Shape and Position

Data Handling  – Statistics

Measurement

Numbers to 20  – place value 

1 more/less

Capacity

Distance

Year One

Number system

Problem Solving:- using and applying

Calculation

Data Handling  – Statistics

Measurement

Money

Positional language 

Money

Time

Numbers to 20 – place value

1 more/less

Year One

Number system

Problem Solving:- using and applying

Calculation

Geometry Shape and Position

Data Handling  – Statistics

Measurement

Money

Understanding of the World 

(Science, ICT, RE, History, Geography))

Local walks. 

Familiar faces.

Harvest.

Year One

 

Science – Planets, Astronomy, rocket fuel

ICT – E-safety

Geography – Our Locality

History – Significant British person

Diwali 

Fireworks

The Christmas Story

Year One

 

Science – Seasons, weather, day and night, Shadows

RE – Christmas Story

Diwali

Chinese New Year 

Tales from around the world – tradition

ICT – Colour Magic

Year One

 

Science –

Materials

ICT – Creating media

History – changes in our time

Easter Story 

Old Testament

ICT – Coding

Year One

 

RE Buddhism

Science -Food

ICT-Data collection

Coding

ICT – Stopmotion 

Year One

 

Science – habitats

Living things and plants

RE Special ways of living

ICT – Media

Stop motion

Places of interest/comparison of 

Animal classification

Habitats

 

Year One

Science – Materials

ICT -media

Geography – places of interest

Expressive Arts and Design 

(Music, Drama, Art, DT)

Exploring instruments 

Role play

Mud kitchen

Year One

Art Portraits

Making Diya Lamps 

Firework art

Year One

 

DT – levers, cross stitch

Music – live music

Baking

Colour mixing/materials 

Year One

Art – European artists and craft makers

Junk modelling 

Role play

Year One

Music Pulse and rhythm

Clay 

Role play

Junk modelling

Year One

 

DT – Making a bird feeder

Art Designers

Exploring rhythm 

Instruments

Role play

Year One

 

Music – composing for a purpose

DT – Sewing and cross stitch

Christian Value Responsibility Friendly Persevering Truthful Courageous Creative
Key dates (visits/visitors) Local walk 

Safety Week

Church visit

Stargazing evening 

Nativity

TBC Parents afternoon to watch our animations Army speaker Gruffalo trail/Stickman trail
Class 2 -Y2/3 Autumn 1 Autumn 2 Spring 1 Spring 2 Summer 1 Summer 2
Topic/theme ‘Flotsam’ Wild Thing! Ancient Agents. Orion and the dark. Invade and conquer!
English Spelling 

Handwriting (formation)

SPaG

SPaG 

Tenses

Fact files

Letter writing 

Persuasive writing.

Poetry 

Non-chronological report

Newspaper 

Speech

Narrative. 

Recount

Maths Number. 

Calculation.

Using and applying.

Number. 

Calculation.

Using and applying problem solving.

Measurement.

Number. 

Calculation.

Using and applying problem solving.

Geometry – Shape, position and direction.

Measurement.

Number. 

Calculation.

Using and applying problem solving.

Measurements

Statistics/Data Handling.

Number. 

Calculation.

Using and applying problem solving.

Measurement.

Statistics/Data Handling.

Money.

Number. 

Calculation.

Using and applying problem solving.

Measurement.

Statistics/Data Handling.

Money.

Science Fossils/ rocks 

Plants

Living things. 

Food chains

Habitats

Skeletons (humans and animals) 

Protection

Muscles and support. Light and dark Forces Grouping and changing materials.
ICT Type. 

Stay safe and find information.

E-Safety.

Graphics 

emailing

Sort data and create spreadsheet Create media – develop, organise & present learning.
RE What do Christians believe about God? 

Compare to Buddhism

Can kindness / love change the world? What can we learn from seeing different ways of expressing the same celebration? Why is light and important symbol for many religious believers? Is seeing believing? 

Pilgrimage in different religions / miracles.

What difference to daily life does 

being a Muslim make?

History Victorians 

Changes over time (clothes, houses)

Rich and poor

Stone age to the Iron age. 

Changes, artefacts, and photographs (collecting evidence).

Local History 

Significant British Person

The Romans

Geography Places in the U.K & Europe 

Coastlines (seaside towns).

Non-European place. Our local environment
Art European artist 

Craft Makers

Post Card art

Ancient Sculpture 

British Art and Design

British designer
DT Make a cold healthy snack 

Make a kite/deckchair

Make cake Cogs/Pneumatics Make an animal feeder Sewing & Cutting 

Make Kite

  

P.E

Gym 

Badminton

Dance 

Hockey

Games – Rounders 

Athletics

Music Ukuleles 

Topic related songs.

Comment on a piece of unfamiliar music.

Singing and listen to live music. 

Learn a tuned percussion.

Recording and composing music.
  

MFL

 

 Numbers/Vowels 

General greetings/sayings

Post cards

Instructions 

To recognise and respond

Animals

Rhymes/songs

Fruit & food 

Days of the week

adjectives

Poems

Verbs 

Classroom equipment

Stories

Description of people and places

  

PSHCE

Balanced diet. 

Healthy living.

Staying safe. 

Family and friends.

Being responsible. 

How to keep information safe (sharing information).

Belonging to a community. 

New experiences and aspirations.

Christian Value Responsibility Friendly Persevering Truthful Courageous Creative
Key dates (Potential 

visits/visitors)

Mersea Beach 

Seaside day at school.

Harvest

Enterprise 

Anti-bullying week.

Nativity

Barleylands 

History day

World book week. 

Easter service

History day.

Colchester Castle Sports Day 

Music/Celebration Day.

Class 3 – Y3/4 Autumn 1 Autumn 2 Spring 1 Spring 2 Summer 1 Summer 2
Topic/theme Flotsam Creatures of the Deep What was it like to be a Stone Age person? Horrible History When in Rome Do as the Romans Do (Unless you’re Boudicca)
English Sentence accuracy, spelling and editing Information Texts/ Fact Files Persuasive Writing (Why choose iron over stone?) Poetry & Explanation Texts Newspaper Reports Historical Stories & Recounts
Maths Calculation Focus Number. 

Calculation.

Using and applying problem solving.

Measurement.

Statistics/Data Handling.

Money.

Number. 

Calculation.

Using and applying problem solving.

Measurement.

Statistics/Data Handling.

Money.

Number. 

Calculation.

Using and applying problem solving.

Measurement.

Statistics/Data Handling.

Money.

Number. 

Calculation.

Using and applying problem solving.

Measurement.

Statistics/Data Handling.

Money.

Number. 

Calculation.

Using and applying problem solving.

Measurement.

Statistics/Data Handling.

Money.

Science Rocks and Fossils Classifying Animals & Food Chains The skeleton (human & animal) Muscles and movement Light and Shadow Classifying substances
ICT Collecting Data Typing and Presenting information Research – Searching safely on the internet Typing and Presenting Information Basic Programming Loading and retrieving files
RE What do Christians believe about God? 

Compare to Buddhism

Can kindness / love change the world? What can we learn from seeing different ways of expressing the same celebration? Why is light and important symbol for many religious believers? Is seeing believing? 

Pilgrimage in different religions / miracles.

What difference to daily life does 

being a Muslim make?

PE Gymnastics & Badminton Dance & Badminton Gymnastics & Hockey Dance & Hockey Gymnastics & Athletics Dance and Rounders
History The seaside from Victorian times to now Stone Age to Iron Age The Roman Empire and Boudicca
Geography British geographical knowledge – Coastal towns Coastlines and erosion Geographical knowledge of the UK and Europe Volcanoes & Eruptions 

Geographical knowledge of the World

Art Landscapes – Postcards and Railway posters Printing British Art and Design European Artists & Sculpture
DT Making a model deck chair Making a kite Researching and creating a product to sell Creating something with pneumatics (volcano)
Music Ukuleles Singing (Including singing in rounds) Playing tuned percussion Listening to and appraising music Combining sounds and recording music
  

MFL

 

 Numbers/Vowels 

General greetings/sayings

Post cards

Instructions 

To recognise and respond

Animals

Rhymes/songs

Fruit & food 

Days of the week

adjectives

Poems

Verbs 

Classroom equipment

Stories

Description of people and places

PSHCE A balanced diet and healthy living Healthy Relationships Your responsibilities in society Keeping safe – confidentiality and sharing information Having respect for yourself and others Having aspirations for the future
Christian Value Responsibility Friendly Persevering Truthful Courageous Creative
Key dates (visits/visitors) Mersea beach 

Seaside day at school

Enterprise Week 

Anti-Bullying Week

Barleylands World Book Week Colchester Castle Sports Day 

Music/ Celebration Day

Class 4 – Y5/6 Autumn 1 Autumn 2 Spring 1 Spring 2 Summer 1 Summer 2
Topic/theme The Normans 

YR 5/6 Expectations

Oceans and Shipping Dark Skies 

Space and Winter

Springwatch Around Europe, a country a week Nomadic cultures
English Handwriting 

Spelling

SPaG

Vocabulary

Slow writing

Sentence structure and types 

Tenses

Narrative writing

Non-chronological reports and instructional texts 

Dramatic and poetic writing

Reading comprehension 

Uplevel written work

SPaG

Writing in a different voice 

Description and colour in language

Analysing texts and writing accurate summaries 

Handwriting

Maths Place value 

Times tables

4 operations

Presentation

Fractions

Shape, volume and capacity 

Estimation and proportion

Percentages and averages

Charts, graphs, diagrams, nets, co-ordinates and conversions 

BIDMAS

Fractions

Formal method, mental calculation 

Strategies

Applying skills

Fractions

Planning with timetables 

Ordering fractions, decimal and percentages

Multistep problems 

Becoming secure in this years learning before transition

Science States of Matter 

Fair testing

Potential energy

Flotation 

Circulatory systems in flora and fauna

Telescope investigations 

Reproduction in plants and animals

Food and health 

New life

Observation and scientific recording Waterproof and fire resistant materials 

Levers and pulleys

ICT Recording and reporting data 

Internet safety

Data sorting and spread sheets Coding Researching subjects accurately and safely Create text and images to a high standard 

Online safety

Record and edit audio and visual work 

Online safety

RE Christian understanding of suffering in the World 

Science and creation

What is a “Good Life” 

Can something always be right or wrong?

How has Christianity affected art and music? 

What is a global religion?

The importance or light in various religions 

Different interpretations

The Great Philosophers 

Is it reasonable to believe in God?

What makes a religion a religion 

Changes in Judaism over time

PE Athletics / Quidditch / Hockey Athletics / Quidditch / Dance Swimming / Hockey / Benchball Quidditch / Hockey / Benchball Athletics Athletics
History Understanding timelines 

The Normans

Boats through the ages Astronomy takes over from astrology Changes on UK land use from Medieval to Modern times The changing nations and Empires of Europe The Ascent of Mankind
Geography Europe’s countries and features Tides 

Trade routes, land, sea and air

Where to site an observatory ( or School of Magic ) 

Light pollution and elevation

Types of terrain and climate in the UK Mapping the seabed Africa
Art Art using other media – embroidery, collage etc Art of the Sea Photographic art Landscapes and Cityscapes Flags, banners and emblems Naïve art and cave painting
DT Embroidery 

Rubber band motors

Build a boat – various Make a telescope, periscope or box camera Make sundial or a water clock Make a model airplane that flies, the bigger the better Making tents and bivvies
Music Music at home in the past Sea shanties Ukulele Music and nature National anthems Group singing
PSHCE Looking after ourselves and others Managing friendships and conflicts Growing up – letters to parents Food and health Dealing with other people’s expectations Transition
Christian Value Responsibility Friendly Persevering Truthful Courageous Creative
Key dates (visits/visitors) Museum visit Colchester Castle Maldon Barges- visit or visitor Visit from astronomer Visit Abberton Nature Reserve Medical professional to visit Actor to visit – workshop