Information regarding our whole school approach to our curriculum can be found on the 'Curriculum' page of this website.
The broad curriculum coverage for each year at Blackthorns is listed below:Reception: Our EYFS children follow the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum. Within this, they identify their areas of interest and the topics are created based on these. Among this range of topics, children usually cover Fairy Tales and All About Me.
|Autumn Term||'Toys' including learning about the 'Properties of materials' in Science|
|Spring Term||'To infinity and beyond': a focus on transport. 'Once upon a time' will focus on fairy tales. Plus, including learning about naming 'Parts of the human body' and the 'Weather and the seasons' in Science|
|Summer Term||'The Secret Garden' - famous authors, including learning to 'Identify animals and their characteristics' and looking at 'Trees and their changes.'|
|Autumn Term||'Oceanography and Zoology' - delving into the continents and oceans and considering 'Living things and their habitats' and 'Food chains' in Science|
|Spring Term||'Pole to pole' - learning about local history and the impact of the weather at the poles. Investigating 'The use of everyday materials' such as ice, in Science.|
|Summer Term||'A land down under' - a country study on Australia, including learning about 'Growing plants' and 'Life cycles' in Science.|
|Autumn Term||'Invasion': The people of Sussex - Establishing the historical timeline, and focus on Vikings, Normans and Anglo Saxons - and investigating the 'Geology of Rocks' in Science.|
|Spring Term||'Revolution': The Railway- local history and investigating 'Forces and Magnets' and 'Light' in science.|
|Summer Term||'Beside the seaside': Brighton and the south downs - looking at the impact of the Victorians on the local area, and investigating 'Animals and humans' and 'Plant life cycles' in Science.|
|Autumn Term||'Tribes at war' - Stone age to Iron age, plus investigating 'Animals and humans' and 'Living things and their habitats' in Science.|
|Spring Term||'Treasure Seekers': Looking at rivers and a focus on geography field skill. Plus investigating 'States of matter' and 'The water cycle' in Science.|
|Summer Term||'Britannia' - Roman Britain, looking at 'Sound' and 'Electricity' in Science.|
|Autumn Term||'Looking for Atlantis' - Ancient Greece and exploring 'Forces' and 'Earth and Space' in Science.|
|Spring Term||'Kingdoms and Politics' - origins or migration and refugees, investigating the 'Properties of materials' in Science.|
|Summer Term||'Wonders of the world' - Ancient Egypt and looking at 'Animals and humans' and 'Living things and their habitats' in Science.|
|Autumn Term||'Word At War' - the impact of world war 2 locally and nationally, and investigating 'Electricity' in Science.|
|Spring Term||'Maya mysteries' - the Ancient Mayans, investigating 'Light' and 'Inheritance and Evolution' in Science,|
|Summer Term||'The New World' - looking to the future, plus a fun mini topic(TBD) looking into 'Animals and Humans' and 'Living things and their habitats' in Science. Big Business project and the end of year show!|
Our curriculum overview has been compiled to ensure that the 2014 National Curriculum is covered across the different year groups at our academy. Wherever possible, cross-curricular links are made so that the requirements for all of the different curriculum areas are learnt about within the context of the class topics. Therefore, the range of different reading and writing genres, mathematical problems, as well as Music, Computing and the many other areas are learnt through the topic. More information regarding all of the curriculum areas will be provided to parents each term as a new topic begins.
All maths and English learning is based on the new National Curriculum (2014). More information about this National Curriculum can be found at: https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/national-curriculum