To meet the requirements of the National Curriculum, the Keskowethyans Schools 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 Keskowethyans Schools operate a four year rolling programme across all year groups to ensure that our mixed age classes explore different topics throughout their schooling. The breadth of the topic means that while our KS1 children were learning about the Great Fire of London for the topic 'Disasters and Triummphs', the KS 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 English 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 joint brainstorming sessions where the theme is explored in preparation for teachers to plan mid and short term learning. The National Curriculum sets out the minimum content. Keskowethyans Schools make sure children learn lots of additional skills, knowledge and understanding, for example:
Not all subjects can naturally 'fit' within a topic and so these subjects are usually taught in a discrete way. Examples of this would include Religious Education which follows the Cornwall SACRE agreed syllabus and PSHE where we follow the Christopher Winter Project scheme of work. For mathematics we use Abacus maths resources to support the planning and teaching of maths, while Y2 and upwards do 'Nifty Numbers' at the beginning of every maths lesson, which is designed to improve mental maths in addition, subtraction, division and multiplication.
For information on our approach to the teaching of reading and phonics, click here. Click here to 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.
Four Year Rolling Topic Programme
Below you will find the calendar of the four year rolling topic programme.
Autumn – Journeys
Spring – Let Me Entertain You
Summer – The Great Outdoors
Autumn – Back to the Future
Spring – Around the World in 80 Days
Summer – Myths, Magic and Mysteries
Autumn - Disasters and Triumphs
Spring - The Deep
Summer - There's No Place Like Home
Autumn – Food Glorious Food
Spring – Making a Difference
Summer - Olympics