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"Pupils are proud of their school, as they make good progress and are enthused by the redesigned curriculum. One pupil said to an inspector, ‘we are a team who all help each other’." Ofsted April 2016

Connected Curriculum

I am very excited to be able to introduce to you an overview of the brand new connected curriculum that the whole school will be working through this year.

The structure of the day will consist of the mornings remaining as phonics sessions, literacy lessons, numeracy lessons, guided reading activities etc but the afternoons will be moving to a topic based approach.

We are calling this a ‘connected curriculum’ as links will be made between the subjects wherever possible so that the learning is seamless and connects together.

Links between the topic and the morning English and Maths lessons will also be made.

The topics throughout the school will follow the same process.

We will start with a ‘launch day’ where a fascinator will be used to introduce the topic and hook the children into their topic. Fascinators may include: a trip, a visitor, a special object, a display etc.

Each classroom throughout the school is building a special ‘learning Journey Tree.’ The trunk of the tree will include the topic name, the roots of the tree will show what the children already know about the topic and what they would like to know over their learning, and the leaves on the tree will show what their new learning has been.

Each year group will work through their learning journey and we will finish with an outcome day where they will complete an assessment to show the progress they have made in their learning.

Please ask your child about their new lessons and topic, and when you call into the classrooms have a look at their learning journey tree.

Each topic you will receive a ‘parent’s information sheet’ outlining the learning that will be covered so that you can support them at home. This will be sent home as a paper copy and can always be found by clicking the links below.

Picknalls First School Connected Curriculum Plan 2015/16



Year 1

Year 2

Year 3

Year 4

Autumn 1st Half Term

EYFS Unit 1 –
'I Am Special'
A science focus looking at healthy living.
Year 1 Unit 1 –
A geographical focus including landscapes, plants and animals.
Year 2 Unit 1 –
'Katie Morag - an Island Home'
A geographical focus comparing a Scottish Island to Uttoxeter.
Year 3 Unit 1 –
'Groovy Greeks'
A historical focus learning all about the Greeks and comparing to life today.
Year 4 Unit 1 –
A geographical focus looking at aspects of Canada

Autumn 2nd Half Term

EYFS Unit 2 –
A look at celebrations around the world such as Advent, Hanukkah, Diwali and Christmas.
Year 1 Unit 2 –
'Through the keyhole'
A historical focus.
Year 2 Unit 2 –
'Animal Magic'
A literacy based focus using the texts Mr Percy's Magical Greenhouse and Leon And The Place Between.
Year 3 Unit 2 –
'Healthy Me'
A scientific focus looking at aspects of teeth and healthy eating, digestion and exercise.
Year 4 Unit 2 –
A historical focus studying the history of Tudor Monarchs

Spring 1st Half Term

EYFS Unit 1 –
‘Above and Beyond'
A scientific focus looking at the planets.
 Year 1 Unit 1 –

'A Winter's Tale'

A geographical focus studying road safety.
 Year 2 Unit 1 –
'Famous people'
A historical focus studying Queen Elizabeth the 1st, Samuel Pepys and Florence Nightingale.
Year 3 Unit 1 –
'The Roman's in Britain'
A historical focus studying the Roman legacy.
 Year 4 Unit 1 –
'Moving and Growing'
A scientific focus studying the human body.

Spring 2nd Half Term

 EYFS Unit 2 –

'Once Upon a Time'

A literacy based focus looking at traditional tales.
 Year 1 Unit 2 –


A historical focus comparing old and new toys.
 Year 2 Unit 2 –

'Caring for our Planet'

A scientific focus on caring for the environment.
 Year 3 Unit 2 –

'Our Wonderful World''

A scientific focus looking at creation and pollution.
 Year 4 Unit 2 –'

'The Victorians'

'A historical focus looking at what was life like for a Victorian child.

Summer 1st Half Term

 EYFS Unit 1 –

'We're on Safari'

A literacy based focus studying jungle animals and rhyming words.
Year 1 Unit 1 –

'Once Upon a Time'

A historical focus comapring old and new toys.
Year 2 Unit 1 –

‘Travel and Adventure'

A scientific focus on caring for the environment.
 Year 3 Unit 1 –


A historical focus looking at aspects of Viking life.
Year 4 Unit 1 –

'Going for Goals'

A scientific focus studying habitats and thermal insulators.

Summer 2nd Half Term

 EYFS Unit 2 –

'Land Ahoy'

A geographic focus looking at transport.
 Year 1 Unit 2 –

'At the Seaside'

A historical focus comparing old and new seasides.
Year 2 Unit 2 –

'Traditional Tales'

A literacy based focus sharing Little Red Riding Hood.
Year 3 Unit 2 –

Classic Tales

A geographical focus identifying key aspects of Europe.
Year 4 Unit 2 –

'Transition Project'

A joint project alongside the other First Schools to lead the children into the Middle Schools.


We believe Picknalls First School should be a wonderful place where children want to be and learning takes place both in and out of the classroom.  Learning should be through a mixture of exploration, discovery, creativity and a variety of sensory and kinaesthetic experiences which encourage learners to want to explore more in a journey of lifelong learning.They will learn the English and Maths skills needed for life and learning to progress in their education.

Whatever their background they will learn to shape their futures and develop their unique capacities and skills.  They will be encouraged to be curious and use thinking skills to innovate, be creative and problem solve.  They will develop the first understandings of employment and entrepreneurship.  A primary education should set learners up for life, with the knowledge and skills to be well-rounded individuals, meantally and physically healthy, with an appreciation for and agenerosity towards people, the world and the universe around them.

 2014-15 Curriculum ------>