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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 2019-20

Picknalls First School Connected Curriculum Plan 2019/20


Year 1

Year 2

Year 3

Year 4

Autumn 1st Half Term

EYFS Unit 1

'I like to'

A Personal, Social and Emotional Development themed topic

Year 1 Unit 1
'On Safari in Africa'
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
'To Europe and Beyond'
A study of Europe, the Northern hemisphere and a study of Uttoxeter.

Year 4 Unit 1
An historical focus studying the Vikings.

Autumn 2nd Half Term

EYFS Unit 2

'Mystical Magic'

  • Dragons
  • Harry Potter
  • Fairies/pixiesCelebrations
  • Hannukah
  • Christingle
  • Christmas

Year 1 Unit 2

Happily Ever After

  • A geographical focus learning about Traditional Tales and where they may be set and the changes in the weather. 
  • Texts: Three Little Pigs, Cinderella, Goldilocks, Jack and the Beanstalk, Twisted Fairytales.

Year 2 Unit 2

Animal Magic

  • A Literacy based focus using the texts Mr Percy's Magical Greenhouse and The Tiger Who Came to Tea
  • Learning about rain-forests

Year 3 Unit  2
Stone Age

How people lived in the Stone Age

Year 4 Unit 1

A Geographical focus looking at aspects of Canada.  Physical features, weather and climate, native animals

Spring 1st Half Term

EYFS Unit 3 -

Sensational Stories

  •  Nursery Rhymes, 1 a day for 2 weeks
  • Each member of staff to choose a favourite story

Year 1 - Unit 3

Who Lives in a Place Like This

  • A Geographical focus learning about different habitats
  • Texts: Lost and Found, Meerkat Mail, Tiddler, Into the Woods

Year 2 - Unit 3

‘Famous People From the Past’

  • Factual writing in English about Queen Elizabeth I, Samuel Pepys & the Fire of London, Florence Nightingale
  • History focus, Science: Healthy Living

Year 3 - Unit 3

‘The Groovy Greeks’
A historical examination of Ancient Greek civilisation

Year 4 - Unit 3

‘Moving and Growing’
Science focus

Spring 2nd Half Term

EYFS Unit 4 -

‘Woodland Wonders’

  • Habitats of minibeasts
    Animals you find in British Woodlands
    Forest school sessions
    Hatching duck eggs

Year 1 - Unit 4

‘Man on the Moon’

  • A history focus learning about famous astronauts with a focus on Tim Peake and Neil Armstrong.
  • Texts: Man on the Moon, Beegu, Journey into Space, Way Back Home, A Place for Pluto


Year 2 - Unit 4

‘In the Forest’
Traditional and non-traditional texts– Little Red Riding Hood
Science: Food chains, lifecycles

Year 3 - Unit 4

‘Our World’
Stories about creation and a scientific focus on plants, volcanoes, earth and extreme weather.

Year 4 - Unit 4

‘The Victorians’
A historical focus looking at what life was like for a Victorian child

An exploration of how British life changed during the reign of Queen Victoria

Summer 1st Half Term

EYFS Unit 5-

‘Deep Sea Diving’

  • Shipwrecks/boats/ cruise ships
  • Pirates and mermaids
  • Coral reefs
  • Atlantis
  • Sea animals


Year 1 - Unit 5

‘A Toy’s Story’

  • A history focus comparing toys old and new.
  • Texts: Lost at the Toy Museum, Harry and the Bucketful of Dinosaurs, Toys in Space, Sugarlump and the Unicorn

Year 2 - Unit 5

‘Taking Care of Our Planet’
Texts: Dear Greenpeace, The Snail and the Whale, Michael Recycle, 10 Ways to Take Care of Our Planet

Year 3 - Unit 5

‘Relentless Romans’
A history based topic about what the Romans did when they invaded and settled in Britain

Year 4 - Unit 5

'Life in a Cold Climate'
A study of the Arctic and Antarctica.

Summer 2nd Half Term

 EYFS Unit 6 -

‘Cultural Carnival’
Visit a different country each week and learn about a local carnival/festival
Finish topic by designing their own carnival float
Invite parents in to enjoy a carnival

Year 1 - Unit 6

‘Best of Britain’
A history and geographical topic focusing on different seaside towns and locating them on a map.
Texts: Queen’s Knickers, Katie in London, Billy’s Bucket, The Queen’s Hat

Year 2 - Unit 6

‘Travel and adventure’
Texts: Dougal’s Deep Sea Diary, Man on the Moon, The Snorgh and the Sailor, The Lighthouse Keeper’s Lunch
Looking at a non-European country—Mexico

Year 3 - Unit 6

'Fighting Fit'’
Keeping healthy, teeth and digestion.

Year 4 - Unit 6

An exploration of issues relating to global warming and environmental change.


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 kin-aesthetic 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, mentally and physically healthy, with an appreciation for and a generosity towards people, the world and the universe around them.