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Creative Curriculum

Vision and Aims

At Minet Junior School, we aim to provide all our pupils with a broad, balanced, relevant and meaningful curriculum that develops a wide range of skills, knowledge and understanding. We believe that providing ‘real life’ opportunities and experiences will motivate, excite and engage our pupils, as well as promote a life-long love of learning that will enable them to become independent thinkers and responsible citizens of the future. Furthermore, we feel pupils learn best when they immerse themselves in deep learning that inspires curiosity, promotes innovation, individuality and creativity.

Underpinning our vision and aims for the Creative Curriculum are the school’s six core values - the 6Rs – which all our pupils are expected to abide by:

  • Respect
  • Responsibility
  • Resilience
  • Resourcefulness
  • Ready to learn
  • Reflectiveness

 

Each term, year groups immerse themselves in exciting topics. Below is an overview of those:

Term

Year group

Year 3

Year 4

Year 5

Year 6

Autumn

The Stone Age

 

Here the children will travel through the prehistory of Britain and create intricate cave paintings. In addition, they will be making delicious Christmas themed treats in DT.

The Romans

 

This term will look into the impact of the Roman Empire on Britain and we will be making beautiful Roman mosaics. In addition, they will be making delicious Christmas themed treats in DT.

The Vikings

 

A look into the Vikings and how they were feared by many! Year 5 will also make model Viking long boats using wire mesh and paper mache.

In addition, they will be making delicious Christmas themed treats in DT.

World War 2

 

Year 6 will study WW2 and its impact on Britain as well as creating silhouettes of a Blitz scene.

In addition, they will be making delicious Christmas themed treats in DT using rationed food from the war.

Spring

Brilliant Britain

 

A look into what makes our country unique and its history. Year 3 will do lots of map based work and also look at the impact of King Henry VIII’s rule. They will develop their artwork through landscape sketches and create key chains that represent counties in DT.

Volcanoes

 

In this explosive topic, year 4 will learn all about volcanoes and how they are formed. In art, they will create amazing volcanic portraits in the style of Andy Warhol.

DT will link to science and the children will use their knowledge of electricity to make working light houses.

Explorers

 

This term, Year 5 will look at famous explorers such as Shackleton and relive their harrowing journeys. In DT, they will make supply boxes fit for an explorer and in art they will create beautiful mountain scenery using quilling.

The Victorians

 

Here, they will learn about the Victorians in Britain and recreate famous paintings using Pointillism. In DT, they will look at the work of Brunel and create bridges.

Summer

Ancient Egypt

 

Year 3 will look at the importance of the River Nile on Ancient Egypt and make Canopic jars using clay.

The Anglo-Saxons

 

Here, we will look at the Anglo-Saxon settlements in Britain and make our own jewellery as well as weaving coasters in DT.

The Greeks

 

Year 5 will study the Greeks and how some of their structures are still relevant today. In art, they will be creating vases out of clay and in DT they will make Olympic torches.

The Mayans

 

In this topic, the pupils will study the ancient Mayan civilisation. They will delve into fabric painting in art and create eye-catching headdresses in DT for a special occasion.

Trips and visits

The Stone age workshop

 

The Zoo – linking to science

The Romans – Ufton Court

 

The Anglo-Saxons workshop

Viking workshop

 

Greek trip.

Secret Nuclear Bunker in Uxbridge

 

Junior Citizen trip at Brunel linking to PSHE

 

Within our topics, each year group will look at texts from the Power of Reading scheme which will enhance their learning experience. These texts will link to the topics and the children will develop their reading and literacy skills as well as extend their understanding of each topic.

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