At Northfield we teach art, DT, geography and history predominantly through our own topic themed curriculum. Each year group in KS1 and KS2 has two eight-week topics across the year. These fit alongside the science and RE blocks.
|Here are the topics and what subjects need to be covered in them:||Art||DT||Geography||History|
|Y1 – Movers and Shakers||✔||✔||✔|
|Y1 – Navigating Northfield||✔||✔|
|Y2 – She Sells Sea Shells||✔||✔||✔|
|Y2 – The Day the Earth Stood Still||✔||✔|
|Y3 – Awesome Ancients||✔||✔|
|Y3 – What Makes the Earth Angry?||✔||✔|
|Y4 – Our Place in the World||✔||✔|
|Y4 – The Conquerors||✔||✔|
|Y5 – Polar Bears to Penguins||✔||✔||✔|
|Y5 – Where it all Began||✔||✔||✔|
|Y6 – Is it right to fight?||✔||✔||✔|
|Y6 – One Leicester, One World||✔||✔|
Each topic has key national curriculum objectives that needs to be covered and these are listed on topic MTP. These must be covered in the topic. The rest of the topic is encouraged to be creative and child led.
Our topic curriculum is underpinned by our four curriculum drivers which were chosen in collaboration with staff, children, parents and governors. They reflect what we as a school community believe are important. They are:
- Awe and Wonder: This driver is important as it is what captures the children interest. It can include trips and visitors but does not always have to be. It could be an object, picture, problem or activity.
- 6Rs: These should be referred to all the time. There should be a particular focuses so that children understand them more and develop the learning behaviour. Try this in topic – but please don’t over use ‘Risk Taker.’
- Aspiration: The focus of this driver is to expose children to the wider world (Global Citizenship) and to raise the own expectations of themselves.
- Inclusion: This driver promotes the whole of society. Topics should reflect all ages, genders, physical abilities etc. Core British Values!
All topics should be cross-curricular and be used to develop the children’s skills across the whole curriculum. Each topic should show evidence of cross-curricular maths, English and ICT and this should be shown in both the planning and evidenced in the children’s books.
At Northfield House, we are working towards the Level 1 Rights Respecting School Award. Through working on this award, our children understand the Universal Rights of the Child and think about how they can become effective global citizens. We aim to develop this through including them in our topics and across the curriculum.
We assess all the topic subjects twice a year. There are separate assessment sheets for art, DT, geography and history.