Our Curriculum

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Our Curriculum

A tailored thematic curriculum

As from April 2017 Hearsall Community Primary School became Hearsall Community Academy, part of the Inspire Education Trust. This provided the exciting opportunity to design a curriculum tailored to the needs, experiences and background of our children, linked to the 2014 National Curriculum programmes of study.

The Vision
At the forefront of our thinking was the strong belief that primary-age children should have real breadth and balance within their learning. All children should have the opportunity to experience a range of subjects and activities, so that all can find their talent, passion and success, whether it be Music, Performing Arts, Design and Technology or Maths. At the heart of our curriculum is a real connection with our locality, Coventry. We have much to celebrate about where we live, and we believe our children should build their knowledge and understanding of Coventry as they progress throughout our schools.

Planning
We devised a two-year rolling programme to ensure that children experience real breadth and depth in their themes.

Two Year Rolling Programme of Learning Themes

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Cycle A - 2016/2017

KEY STAGE 1
Autumn Term
Flight (S & L) The story of flight including Sir Frank Whittle
Spring Term
The Elephant and Castle (A & L) Coventry and Castles
Summer Term
Ahoy There! (H) Pirates and Sea Explorers

LOWER KEY STAGE 1
Autumn Term
The World’s Kitchen (S) Food and farming around the world
Spring Term
Here dome the Romans (A) The Roman Empire and its impact on Britain
Summer Term
Many Lands, Many People (H) America – Now and Then

UPPER KEY STAGE 2
Autumn Term
Out of the World (S) Solar system, universe, space exploration
Spring Term
What the Greeks did for us (A) A study of modern and ancient Greece
Summer Term
Wild Waters (H & L) Rivers and Coasts

Curriculum Drivers
H – Humanities | S – STEM | A – The Arts | L – Local Study

Cycle B - 2017/2018

KEY STAGE 1
Autumn Term
School Days (H) Changes in schools in the last 100 years
Spring Term
Toys (S)Changes through the generations
Summer Term
Indian Spice (A) India as a contrasting locality

LOWER KEY STAGE 1
Autumn Term
Tomb Raiders (H)Ancient Egyptians
Spring Term
Transport (S & L) Coventry’s transport industry
Summer Term
The Tudors (A & L)Life in Tudor times in our locality

UPPER KEY STAGE 2
Autumn Term
The Blitz (H & L) Coventry and WW!!
Spring Term
Disaster (S)Natural disasters – volcanoes and earthquakes
Summer Term
Britain at Play (A) Leisure and entertainment in the 20th century

Curriculum Drivers
H – Humanities | S – STEM | A – The Arts | L – Local Study

Particular themes also include a Local Study, focusing on the school’s locality, the history of Coventry over time, and geographical features of the local environment.

To complement the main driver, a termly ‘Enrichment Day’ takes place, where children from across the school learn together with a focus on another of the curriculum drivers.
Each theme has been devised with a clear thread in mind that takes children on an engaging journey through their theme, helping them to make links and build upon their learning in a variety of ways. Themes begin with a Launch, and include opportunities to explore, energise and celebrate, through trips and events in school.

Children’s learning is captured in scrapbook-style theme books which celebrate all the learning opportunities the children have throughout their themes. This is done using a range of techniques, including written and photographic evidence, art work and QR codes.

Learning at home
In order to extend our themes into learning at home, we use POWer projects – theme-based homework projects, designed to provide children with maximum opportunities to develop their creativity through selecting from a range of activities. These support children in developing organisational and time-management skills, whilst encouraging opportunities to share time and skills with adults at home.