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Curriculum Coverage

Language + Questioning = Communication

These three words sit at the heart of our curriculum.

Children need to have:

  • a good grasp of language
  • be able to question and reason

We achieve this by using the principles of Philosophy for Children to become: critical, creative, caring and collaborative thinkers; this will allow our children to become good communicators which is an essential life skill.

Summer Term Reading Stimulus

This term we will be reading 'Escape from Pompeii' by Christina Balit. Travel back in time to the days of the Roman Empire and join Tranio, the son of an actor, and his friend Livia, the baker's daughter, in witnessing the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in AD79. Tranio, like most Roman boys, likes to watch whatever is going on: tradesmen selling their goods, ships unloading their exotic cargoes, politicians making speeches in the forum. But one hot August day a very different scene unfolds. The ground begins to shake, the sky to darken. People run gasping for air. Heading for the harbor, Tranio and his friend Livia hide on a boat and witness one of the most terrifying moments in recorded history-the eruption of Mount Vesuvius and the destruction of their beloved city, Pompeii.

Iron Man by Ted Hughes is a book about an iron giant and a boy named Hogarth; who work together to try and save the planet from a terrifying creature. We use this text to develop our descriptive writing and emotive language.

Spring Term Stimulus

This term we are reading 'The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe' by CS Lewis and is part of a series. Four adventurous siblings―Peter, Susan, Edmund, and Lucy Pevensie― step through a wardrobe door and into the land of Narnia, a land frozen in eternal winter and enslaved by the power of the White Witch. But when almost all hope is lost, the return of the Great Lion, Aslan, signals a great change . . . and a great sacrifice.

 

As part of our work on the book,  we will be visiting Ingstre Hall in January to take part in a Narnia adventure. Let's step into the wardrobe and see what adventure awaits.

Autumn Term stimulus

This term we are reading a selection of Horrid Henry books by Francesca Simon and using her style to re-create our own stories.

 

This term we will also be reading ' James and the Giant Peach' by Roald Dahl. James Henry Trotter is a boy who lives with his two cruel aunts, Spiker and Sponge. A mysterious man gives James a bag of magical crystals, which, James unfortunately drops with amazing consequences. Come and join James as he delves into the giant peach.

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