The Curriculum at De Beauvoir Primary School
Underpinning our curriculum are our core values of respect, confidence, inclusion and tenacity.
- Through our knowledge rich curriculum we want pupils at De Beauvoir to be inspired by what has been achieved by those before them and what they can achieve in the future.
- We aim to instil a love of learning and to develop pupils’ sense of self.
- We want our pupils to understand their place within the world and their impact on it; to broaden pupils’ understanding of their locality and to celebrate its cultural richness.
Within our curriculum, we use half-termly or termly themes for history, geography, art and design and technology. Progression is planned in so that learning builds over time, developing the children’s schema of knowledge.
Within the themes of our curriculum, the following subjects are taught:
- English – Where possible, our English units link to our topics so that pupils can focus on their writing skills with the deep body of knowledge they have acquired through their topic.
- History – In key stage 2, pupils focus on 4 threads in each unit (culture, empire and economy, belief and governance) and in key stage 1 they focus on the themes more generally.
- Geography – Pupils focus on sustainability and developing their understanding of place and locational knowledge.
- Art and Design – Pupils focus on key skills of drawing, collage, sculpture, print and paint. Each year children also study art history, focusing on a key art piece and a key artist.
- Design and Technology– Through the key skills of designing, making and evaluating, pupils construct various products linked to their themes.
Our ‘hidden curriculum’ provides additional opportunities for pupils to develop the school values, with access to after school clubs, sporting competitions and events, residentials, artists in residence, gardening, in-house operatic performances, theatre trips and other enrichment activities.
Subjects such as maths, Religious Education, cooking, physical education, Spanish, PHSCE and computing are taught separately from the theme itself. Science, where possible, is matched to allow for cross-curricular links to be made to the theme.
Our Year 1 Curriculum
Our Year 2 Curriculum
Our Year 3 Curriculum
Our Year 4 Curriculum
Our Year 5 Curriculum
Our Year 6 Curriculum
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