Curriculum

At Percy Shurmer Academy, the most important underlying principle of a curriculum is to help children learn. We believe that a successful curriculum is brought to life by high quality teaching, inspirational learning activities and opportunities to listen and plan for the developing interests and motivations of children.


Here are the topics we are covering this year.


Year Autumn 1 Autumn 2Spring 1 Spring 2 Summer 1 Summer 2
NurseryWhy do you love me?How many colours in a rainbow?Can we explore it?Are eggs alive?Which was the biggest dinosaur?How high did I jump?
Rec Do you want to be friends?Why do squirrels hide their nuts?Why are carrots orange?Do cows drink milk?Why do ladybirds have spots?Will you read me a story?
1Paws, claws and whiskers (Science - animals)Dinosaur Planet (History)Moon zoom (Science - materials)Splendid Skies (Science - seasonal changes)The Enchanted Woodland (Geography, Science - plants)Superheroes (PE, Science - humans)
2Towers,Tunnels and Turrets (History)Beat Band Boogie (Music)Wriggle and Crawl (Science)Land Ahoy (Geography)The Scented Garden (Science)Beachcombers (Science)
3Gods and Mortals (History)Predator (Science)Tremors (History/Geography)Heroes and Villans (Art/D+T/History)Scrumdiddlyumtious (Art/D+T/Geography)Flow (Geography)
41066 (History)Blue Abyss (Art/D+T)Road Trip USA (Geography)Playlist (Music)Potions (Science)Traders and Raiders (History)
5Peasants, Princes and Pestilence (History)Star Gazer (Science)Pharaohs (History)Off with her head (History)Allotment (Geography)Scream Machine (Science)
6Revolution (History)A Child's War (History)Frozen Kingdom (Geography)Hola Mexico (Geography)ID (Science)Tomorrow's World (Computing)
Andrew Tims - artistYear 1 supportYear 6 supportYear 5 supportYear 2 supportYear 4 supportY3 support


That is why we have made the decision to follow the Cornerstones Primary Curriculum.  It is built upon a four stage teaching and learning philosophy.


The Four Cornerstones Areas:  ENGAGE   -   DEVELOP   -   INNOVATE   -   EXPRESS


During the Engage stage children will :-

• have memorable first-hand experiences - for example going on a visit outside the classroom or inviting a specialist visitor into the classroom

• have WOW experiences - Investigate and Discover

• be introduced in exciting ways to the new topic or theme

• begin initial research and set enquiry questions

• have lots of opportunity to make observations

• develop spoken language skills

• take part in sensory activities

• have a great deal of fun, allowing them to fully 'engage' with their new topic


During the Develop stage children will :-

• dig much deeper to develop their skills, knowledge and understanding of a topic across the curriculum

• practice their newfound skills

• compose, make, do, build, investigate, explore, write for different purposes, read across the curriculum

• research their own questions and those posed by others

• follow new pathways of enquiry based on their own interests

• complete homework activities that support their learning in school

During the Innovate stage children will :-

• apply previous skills, knowledge and understanding in real life contexts

• be challenged with real or imagined problems and situations to solve using knowledge and skills from the earlier stages

• be inspired with imaginative and creative opportunities

• have time to revisit skills, knowledge and understanding not grasped during the develop stage

• have the opportunity to take on different roles


During the Express stage children will :-

• become the performers, the experts, the informers

• share their achievements with others in many different ways...parents, classmates and the community

• evaluate finished products/processes

• tie learning back to the beginning

• celebrate


Science We follow the Empiribox scheme of work for all our science lessons. This is a fun and innovative way of teaching science which sees the children completing experiments on a weekly basis.

Children in key stage 1 will be studying Changing Materials in the Spring term.

Children in key stage 2 will be studying Plants and Photosynthesis in the Spring term.

PSHE Personal, social and health education is a key component that runs throughout our curriculum. In our Early Years phase, they currently follow the PATHS scheme of work. In years 1-6, they follow Dot Com which tackles modern day issues that could impact their daily lives and teaches them how to deal with certain situations. RE As a school we follow the Discovery RE scheme of work. This entire scheme incorporates all the British Values and major religions. Each year group will perform a year group assembly throughout the year based on a religion they have been studying.

Rec - Nativity assembly

Y1 - Guru Gobind Singh Ji's birthday

Y2 - Eid assembly

Y3 - Buddhist assembly focusing on Vesak

Y4 - Easter assembly

Y5 - Diwali assembly

Y6 - Hanukkah assembly SRE We follow the Christopher Winter Project scheme of work for Reception up to Year 6.