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Curriculum overview

Our Aim: Learning for Life

As a state primary school we teach the National Curriculum, which outlines every child’s legal entitlement to a broad and balanced education. Building on this foundation of core knowledge, we are commited to shaping a unique Queen Emma Curriculum, which provides first-class educational opportunities for all our children.

Our central aim is Learning for Life, developing a curriculum that inspires a livelong love of learning and equips our pupils with key skills and qualities they need to thrive in a rapidly changing world.

Our Approach: A Skills-Based Curriculum

The curriculum at Queen Emma is organised around 5 key skills:

  • Investigating
  • Problem Solving
  • Creating
  • Communicating
  • Evaluating

These skills are developed through every subject we teach and every topic the children learn. As children move up through the school, these skills are build on cumulatively. Teachers plan for these key skills using phase skills grids which can be downloaded below:

Our Curriculum: Year Group Plans

We teach our curriculum through topics to provide a rich context for the children’s learning and help them to make links within it. The following topics are taught in each year group:

Autumn 1Autumn 2Spring 1Spring 2Summer 1Summer 2
NurseryDear ZooThe Gingerbread ManThe Little Red HenThen Enormous TurnipThe Three Billy Goats GruffGoldilocks and the Three Bears
ReceptionAll About MeLight and DarkLet's CelebrateLet It Grow!Tell Me a StoryOut of this World!
Y1The Natural EnvironmentSpaceCastlesExplorersUnder The SeaMmmm! Food!
Y2Ready, Steady, Be Healthy!Once Upon a TimeThe Great Art GalleryNature DetectivesJourney to the EastUp, Up and Away
Y3Stone AgeBIPSAncient GreeksAncient GreeksPiratesThe Natural Environment
Y4ChangesRoman BritainRace to the PoleAcross the AtlanticGolden Islamic Age The Great Outdoors
Y5Ancient BritainSpace AcademyClimbing MountainsArriving In AfricaAncient EgyptMini Enterprise
Y6World War 2Fairgrounds and FairytalesCambridge UniversityFairtradeBuddhismExploring South America

Nursery and Reception topics are from 2018 – 2019. Nursery and Reception topics reflect the interests and needs of the children so may change from year to year.

Please see below for details of how our curriculum is structured year by year, subject by subject: