As well as our daily maths, English and Reading sessions, we also learn through a theme-based curriculum using the ‘Cornerstone’ approach. This centres on the belief that children learn better when their interests and fascinations are allowed to flourish.
In the first half term of the academic year, we will be motivating our children through the topic ‘Potions’. We will think about what a potion is - a mixture, an aromatic brew, a vapour, a liquid or a sticky goo? The children will take part in an engaging dress up day and have the opportunity to create their own magical and mystical potions. What will you make of Professor Hazard as you take part in his potions lesson…
Join us as we travel and explore through the many might mountain peaks of the world. Discover how mountains are formed. Will you be able to recognise fold or block mountains? What is the difference between a dome and a plateau? You will follow the water cycle’s course from the peak to the valley and meet some of the exceptional tribes of the Himalayas. What will you include on your mountain expedition and how will you make sure the trip you plan is safe and eco friendly?
Grab your wetsuit as we dive into our underwater topic “Blue Abyss”. You will discover a world of beautiful coral and mysterious sea creatures as you explore each layer of the vast ocean. Join us on our class trip to find out more first hand from the experts of the sea. Use your imagination to create a fishy story about an underwater world. Learn all about bioluminescence and create a 3D art exhibition to showcase your amazing range of art work based on a variety of interesting sea creatures.
During the second half of the Spring Term we will be exploring our digestive system, with ‘Burps Bottoms and Bile.’ We’re on a voyage of discovery to investigate the active world inside your body. Do you have a toothy grin? Investigate the effects of drinks on your pearly whites! Follow a tasty morsel as it makes its way through your digestive system, helped by mouth-watering saliva. Make a model of a digestive system and persuade others to eat healthy.
At the start of the Summer term we will journey through America. Flying from London Gatwick, and arriving at JFK airport New York, it’s time to explore the sights and sounds of the big apple.
Meet the Iroquois tribe; Native Americans with fascinating customs and traditions. Who will weave an amazing dream catcher? Design a classic American car, how will you make it move?
As our final topic of the Year we will be travelling back in time to the Anglo Saxons. Big and tough, powerful and brave, the Saxons sway their battle axes and brandish their swords as they begin to invade Britain’s shores. Sail back to the Dark Ages into battles galore.
Who will create an intricate Anglo Saxon pattern? Will you discover where the Vikings journeyed to in their afterlife? Dress as an Anglo Saxon and hold a trade fair of all your fabulous wares.
At our school, we aim to make learning fun and accessible in order to encourage our children to extend their learning after school in an exciting and creative way. Homework is a great way for children to share what they have been learning in school with their families. It also allows the children to consolidate what they have learnt, make choices about their learning and to acquire new skills. We don’t want homework to be a negative experience for our children; we aim for it to be positive and rewarding.
We really enjoyed our Potions themed day in school. We got to dress up as witches and wizards and explore many fun activities! Check back later in the year to see what else we get up to.