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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
Y1Action and AdventureSpaceUnder the SeaCastlesNature ExplorersFood, Glorious Food
Y2Where in the world…Up, Up and AwayOnce Upon a TimeFire, Fire!History DetectivesJourney to the East
Y3My Local AreaStone Age to Iron AgeGreece / Ancient GreeksAncient GreeksShip Ahoy!The Natural Environment
Y4Roman BritainRoman BritainShape of Our LandThe Great OutdoorsGolden Islamic AgeAcross the Atlantic
Y5Ancient BritainSpace AcademyClimbing MountainsClimbing MountainsArriving in AfricaAncient Egypt
Y6World War 2World War 2Exploring South AmericaFairtradeLocal History Topic / Cambridge and the UKBuddhism

Learning in Nursery and Reception reflects the interests, fascinations and needs of the children. Much of their learning is based on high quality texts.

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