Primary Curriculum

Curriculum At Prendergast Primary School

 

At Prendergast Primary, we are passionately committed to providing a holistic curriculum that enables every child, regardless of background, to thrive. We believe that all children should feel valued and successful through accomplishment within a full spectrum of academic, cultural and practical activities that enrich their lives, developing confidence and resilience to face any challenge.

We cultivate a love for learning by not merely covering the curriculum but by nurturing children’s individual interests and aspirations through thoughtful and enriching experiences that enable children to thrive and achieve as a result. 

We carefully balance the requirement for pupils to reach national expectations through cross-curriculum links and practical application of core and foundation subjects. We find it hugely important to give equal balance to all subject areas, through indoor and outdoor learning, after school clubs, trips and home learning projects.  

Our curriculum is designed to nurture children’s thinking, encouraging a deeper level of understanding rather than simply an acquiring of knowledge. It is vital for children to develop their critical thinking skills and creative abilities in order to leave our school as successful independent learners, able to make valuable contributions to the wider world. We ensure a breadth of learning across all areas of the curriculum, with questions at the center of our pedagogical approaches. We encourage a learning initiative, creating independent learners with a growth mindset. 

Designed around key topic questions, our curriculum allows children to be guided along a learning journey by our committed teaching staff. This approach to the teaching and learning of the curriculum encourages development and progression of thinking skills as well as skills specific to each subject area as children move through the school.Children are encouraged to be reflective in their cross curricular learning through immersive introductory topic days and evaluative review days. 

 


 

YEAR 1

Autumn 1

Autumn 2

Spring 1

Spring 2

Summer 1

Summer 2

I can…

Define, describe, identify, match, order, outline, recognize, relate, recall, reproduce

Focus Question

How do you get around London?

 

London: All Aboard

Would a dinosaur make a good pet?

 

Jurassic Park

What if the wolf had built the pigs' houses?

 

Not so traditional tales

Who created that trip-trapping troll?

 

Julia Donaldson

 

What makes Africa such an exciting continent?

 

 

Amazing Africa

 

How can inventions help us to learn?

 

 

Incredible Inventions

YEAR 2

Autumn 1

Autumn 2

Spring 1

Spring 2

Summer 1

Summer 2

I can…

Classify, convert, defend, discuss, explain, extend, infer, predict, review, summarise

Focus Question

How did the Great Fire change London?

 

London: Spectacular Skylines

Why are the rainforests so important?

 

 

Rainforests

How could humans live on the ice?

 

 

Ice

How are the pyramids still standing?

 

Egypt

What is through the tunnel?

 

Anthony Browne

Why can’t humans fly like birds?

 

 

Our Feathered Friends

 


 

YEAR 3

Autumn 1

Autumn 2

Spring 1

Spring 2

Summer 1

Summer 2

I can…

Apply, change, discover, interpret, modify, prepare, produce, show, solve, use

Focus Question

How did the Romans change the world?

 

London: Rotten Romans

How do we know who has been here before?

 

Mysterious World

How can we see in the dark?

 

 

Creatures Of The Night

Who wrote this fizz-whizzing marvellousness?

 

Roald Dahl

Where in the world is India?

 

India

Over to you…

How can we spread the news?

YEAR 4

Autumn 1

Autumn 2

Spring 1

Spring 2

Summer 1

Summer 2

I can…

Analyse, breakdown, criticise, differentiate, examine, infer, question, test

Focus Question

How did the Thames help London grow?

 

London: Tales Of The Thames

How do we know the world is a sphere?

 

Voyagers And Villains

Why doesn't everyone wear skirts?

 

Fabulous Fashion

Where did the Sausage Lion come from?

 

 

Michael Murpurgo

What’s so special about Central and South America?

 

Central and South America

Over to you…


YEAR 5

Autumn 1

Autumn 2

Spring 1

Spring 2

Summer 1

Summer 2

I can…

Compose, construct, create, develop, devise, explain, plan, prepare, reconstruct, summarize

Focus Question

Could you live in Victorian London?

 

London: Vile Victorians

Is there life on Mars?

 

Space

 

Why is the NHS so important?

 

 

Medical Marvels

How does Malorie Blackman write such criminal stories?

 

Malorie Blackman

 

How was China made?

 

 

China

Over to you..

YEAR 6

Autumn 1

Autumn 2

Spring 1

Spring 2

Summer 1

Summer 2

I can…

Appraise, argue, assess, conclude, estimate, evaluate, judge, predict, value

Focus Question

How would you survive The Blitz?

 

London: Blitz Brits

What happens if I flip this switch..?

 

 

Gadgets And Gizmos

How can we build our Global Community?

 

Fairer World, Future World

How does Anthony Horowitz write such fantastic stories?

 

Anthony Horowitz

What’s the difference between the Americas?

 

North America

You’re hired!

What's next?

Where are you going?

 

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