Curriculum at Moorside
The curriculum at Moorside is based on high quality texts which drive the learning within each unit. These texts were identified from lists issued by the Centre for Literacy in Primary Education (CLPE). The texts are linked to the topics studied in each year group. Insofar as it is possible, all foundation subjects (PE, RE, Art, DT, Music, History, Geography, Computing, PSCHE, MFL) are linked into overall topic work and the literature. For example: Year 4 study ‘the Iron Man’ by Ted Hughes and their science unit is based around electricity. The premise behind this approach is that it engages children and breaks down barriers for those with SEND by giving them a common vocabulary to use across every lesson. Each unit is based around an enquiry question, which the children attempt to answer through their topic work. Units are sometimes linked to national and international events, such as Holocaust Memorial day for year 6 (27th January) and Celebrations for year one (Christmas, Hanukkah). This curriculum was launched in September 2017.
Our curriculum topics are as follows:
|Autumn 1||Autumn 2||Spring 1||Spring 2||Summer 1||Summer 2|
|Year 1||Space||Celebrations||Journeys||Minibeasts||Seaside||Ourselves – our home|
|Year 2||Forests||Cities in Europe||Africa||Treasure Islands||Food, glorious food!||Letters|
|Year 3||All around the world||Winter||Rainforests||Stone Age||Imagined journeys||Our community|
|Year 4||Electricity||North America||WW2 at home||‘Varjak Paw’||Shakespeare: Midsummer night’s dream||Twisted fairy tales|
|Year 5||Worldwide cities||Victorians||Earth, Sun and Moon||Explorers||Shakespeare: Macbeth – Crime and punishment||Ancient Egyptians|
|Year 6||Ancient Greeks||World War One||World War Two – Holocaust and refugees||Evolution||Shakespeare: Romeo and Juliet||Chocolate|
The EYFS curriculum is responsive to the needs of the children and their requirements to achieve early learning goals. However, text-based units are currently being trialled with a intention to move to a CLPE literature driven-curriculum, similar to the approach in the rest of the school, in September 2018.
For more information on the CLPE, visit: www.clpe.org.uk