Curriculum

To meet the requirements of the National Curriculum, classes at St Keverne Primary School follow a set of planned thematic topics on a rolling four year programme (see below), with each topic generally running for a term.
 
The 'topic-based' approach to the curriculum means that, wherever possible, we group our subjects around a broad theme.  The topics we choose depend on three factors:
  • the content set out in the National Curriculum for each of the subjects
  • the interests and needs of the children
  • the core values of our school, and our goal to be a happy and healthy place to learn
Operating a four year rolling programme across all year groups ensures that our mixed age classes explore different topics throughout their schooling and the breadth of the topic means that while our KS1 children were learning about the Great Fire of London for the topic 'Disasters and Triumphs', the KS2 children were exploring WW1.  The broad themes also provide opportunities for pupils to develop skills in other subjects.  'Disasters and Triumphs' covers lots of History in the National Curriculum, for example, but in Literacy children have  learned about historical narrative, significant war poetry and non-fiction texts linked to the topic, whilst in Art, pieces have been influenced by the learning and of the people and artists affected during the period.
 
Planning for these topics always starts with the children and, prior to staff organising learning opportunities, there are pupil conferencing and brainstorming sessions where the theme is explored in preparation for teacher to plan mid and short term learning.  The National Curriculum sets out the minimum content.  At St Keverne, we make sure children learn a range of additional skills, knowledge and understanding.  For example:
  • children are encouraged to participate in extra-curricular activities from sports through to cooking and art and music
  • staff are actively encouraged to use our fabulous locality as a resource for teaching and learning; children from the school can regularly be found in local woods, fields and beaches
  • we seek to promote relationships with other local organisations and individuals to enrich our curriculum with examples including our close ties with the local church, the National Trust and the farming and fishing community
For information on our approach to the teaching of reading and phonics, see the tab under Curriculum.  Click here to the view the National Curriculum.  For a breakdown of the Maths and English curricula by year, click the relevant links at the bottom of this page.
 
Our four year rolling topic programme
 

2016-17

 

Autumn

Journeys

 Spring

 Let Me Entertain You

 Summer

The Great Outdoors

 

 

 2017-18

 

 Autumn

Back to the Future

 Spring

Around the World in 80 Days

 Summer

Myths, Magic and Mysteries

 

 

2018-19

 

Autumn

Disasters and Triumphs

Spring

The Deep

Summer

There's No Place Like Home

 

 

2019-20

 

Autumn

Food Glorious Food

Spring

Making a Difference

Summer

Olympics