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Clandon C of E School

Clandon C of E School A caring community where all can THRIVE

    Curriculum

    Focus

    We aim to provide children with a broad, balanced and stimulating curriculum which enables children to THRIVE in their learning and prepares them for life by developing 21st century skills.

    21st century skills

    • Critical thinking is all about solving problems.
    • Creativity teaches students to think outside the box.
    • Collaboration shows students how to work together to achieve a common goal
    • Communication lets students learn how to best convey their ideas

    Outline                        

    Each class studies six different topics across a 2-year. Learning throughout the topics contributes to a final product or end goal which encourages the development of 21st century skills. During our first topic, children painted, designed and made different items to show parents and members of the community during our 'Craft Fair'.

    Throughout the topics, individual subjects are woven into the topic to create memorable learning experiences and ensure robust academic achievement. Each lesson has a clear subject specific skills focus but contributes to the end of unit product. Although the example below mainly focuses on History, Art and DT, across each term, children would cover a full range of subjects

    Progression Outline for Stone Age Craft Fair topic

    Development of Curriculum

    Below is an overview of the topics across the 2-year cycle

     

    Badgers

    Squirrels

    Kestrels

    Aut – Year a

    Who wears the crown?

    Stone Age

    Saxons

    Spr – Year a

    Toys

    Egyptians

    Explorers

    Sum – Year a

    Our place in the world

    Africa

    Great Britain

    Aut – Year b

    China

    Greeks

    Victorians

    Spr – Year b

    Home Sweet Home: Hatchlands

    Romans

    World War 2

    Sum – Year b

    London’s Calling

    India

    France

     

    More detailed overviews of each of these topics can be found by clicking on the year group pages to the right.

    Craft Fair – Friday 28th September

    Our first opportunity to share our final product, was the craft fair which we held in September. Each class created the following in the lead up to the event.

    • Year 1/2 – Monarchy Portraits and Frames
    • Year 3/4 – Stone Age clothing – Weaving
    • Year 5/6 – Saxon artefact – Clay

    The Craft Fair was also an opportunity to share all of the other learning that had already happened in the first few weeks of our topic learning. This included information about the planning and development of their final product as well as work from earlier lessons in the unit.

    Children were encouraged at the event to talk about their learning, which is a current focus for the school. It was great to have a range of Governors and community members attend the event to enable those children, whose parents couldn’t come, a chance to talk about their learning.

    More details about the event can be found by clicking on the following link (Click Here)

    News Reports

    Our second opportunity to share our learning was through the creation of a news report. During the unit, children learnt about a key area of the topic and developed their computing skills to create a news report about this.

    More details about the event can be found by clicking on the following link Badgers - Click Here

    Squirrels - Click Here

    Kestrels - Click Here

    Home Learning

    Children have really embraced our new home learning which gives greater opportunity for creativity. Many of these tasks have reinforced their topic learning.

    Educational Visits

    Trips and workshops form an important part of the children’s learning. Squirrels visited Hampton Court, Badgers have a Stone Age workshop coming up and Kestrels visited the British Museum to explore the artefacts discovered at Sutton Hoo.

    Children’s Thoughts

    Badgers

    I’ve enjoyed that we get to learn about what it would be like if we were there at the coronation.

    I have loved it [The Topic]. I liked King Henry VIII drawing.

    I like it [Hampton Court]. King Henry VIII had a lovely palace. They had an interesting kitchen with squishy meat but it wasn’t real.

    I really liked the portraits that we painted.

     

    Squirrels

    It’s been good. We have learnt lots of interesting facts

    I enjoyed learning about Stone Age clothing and we got to make a square of weaving.

    I liked the bit where we got to make a Stone Age house. I found it fun.

    No. I couldn’t make it [The Topic] better

    I liked learning how to make clothing

    We had to learn a lot before we could do the films

     

    Kestrels

    It’s been excellent. They built houses out of interesting materials

    Editing [our News Reports] was hard because we had to work in a group. Some people wanted to do different things.

    I prefer these types of tasks. It is better than worksheets because they are boring and it hurts you hand.