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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 2017-18

Picknalls First School Connected Curriculum Plan 2017/18


Year 1

Year 2

Year 3

Year 4

Autumn 1st Half Term

EYFS Unit 1 –

'Marvellous Me!'

Looking at how our bodies work and how we can look after them.

Year 1 Unit 1 –
'On Safari'
A geographical focus including landscapes, plants and animals.
Year 2 Unit 1 –
'The Isle of Struay'
A geographical focus comparing a Scottish Island to Uttoxeter.
Year 3 Unit 1 –
'Stone Age'
A historical focus studying the Stone Age
Year 4 Unit 1 –
An historical focus studying the Vikings.

Autumn 2nd Half Term

EYFS Unit 2 –

'Let's Celebrate'

An Understanding of the World focus as we look at celebrations around the world

Year 1 Unit 2 –

'Through the Keyhole'

Homes - old and new

Year 2 Unit 2 –

'Animal Magic'

An English 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 geographical focus looking at aspects of Canada


Spring 1st Half Term

EYFS Unit 1 –

'Traditional Tales'


 Year 1 Unit 1 –

‘A Winter’s Tale’

A geography 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 –


An examination of Ancient Greek civilisation.

 Year 4 Unit 1

'Moving and Growing'


Spring 2nd Half Term

 EYFS Unit 2 –

 'Creatures Great and Small'

Year 1 Unit 2 –


A historical focus comparing old and new toys.

 Year 2 Unit 2 –

'Caring for our Planet'


 Year 3 Unit 2 –

'Wonderful World'

A geographical focus including a study of volcanoes.

 Year 4 Unit 2 –

'Victorian Era'


Summer 1st Half Term

 EYFS Unit 1 –


Year 1 Unit 1 –

 'Once upon a Time'

Year 2 Unit 1 –

 'Travel and Adventure'


Year 3 Unit 1 –

'Romans and the Element of Water' 

Year 4 Unit 1 –

 'Life in a Cold Climate'

Summer 2nd Half Term

 EYFS Unit 2 –

 'We're off to America'

 Year 1 Unit 2 –

'At the Seaside'


Year 2 Unit 2 –

'In the Forest' 


Year 3 Unit 2 –

'Uttoxeter and Beyond'

Year 4 Unit 2 –



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.

 Click here for Connected Curriculum 2016-17