Long term planning
We have an inclusive approach to topic planning, as we value the ideas and contributions of all our teachers and teaching assistants. All staff meet at the end of every big term, to plan and prepare for the following one. We pride ourselves on our creative approach to planning, plotting the journey through a whole-school topic and sharing ways in which we can provide memorable learning experiences. Each topic is different, to allow for as much coverage as possible over an academic year, and to ensure that from Reception to Year 6, children will never repeat the same learning. Although each year group needs to deliver the same skills and knowledge each year, linking it to a topic gives it a new lease of life. Children and adults can engage with something new and exciting, instead of the same lessons year in, year out.
As a recently amalgamated school, we aim to promote an inclusive environment where children and adults can support and learn from each other across all key stages. Whole school topics allow us to make links between year groups, for example by pupils working together with children from a different year group on shared activities such as during Victorian Day. Planning whole school topics together also allows subject leaders to have a greater awareness of their subject across all key stages as well as providing opportunities for subject leaders share their expertise and to offer support and guidance.
In addition, having a topic-based approach enables us to deliver cross curricular lessons, as there is a common thread throughout all learning. By teaching cross curricular lessons, children are constantly revisiting and embedding their existing knowledge by building on it and applying it in other areas.
For the Autumn Term 2020 we have adjusted our planning to allow each year group to plan and teach based on the needs of their classes following the COVID-19 Lockdown. We will revert to our usual curriculum when we feel the children are ready and by the Summer Term 2021.