Our curriculum has been developed to achieve the following aims:
We are very proud of the rich and varied curriculum that we provide. Our ASPIRE curriculum, developed in partnership with other schools in Windsor Academy Trust, strives to create engaging experiences for all children across the school. Our curriculum is continuously improved and developed and incorporates the sharing of ideas and best practice across all schools in the Trust.
Each year group produces a termly overview. The learning opportunities identified in the overview serve to strengthen the knowledge and understanding both within a subject area and between subjects, providing opportunities for the application of skills across the subject areas.
For all themes, we have identified a subject that is the main focus within the theme but we also look to incorporate cross-curricular links with other subjects. For example, ‘A Journey Through Time’ in autumn term will be primarily driven by the history objectives for each year group, but the children will also be given opportunities to develop their geography, art and music skills within the context of the time period that they are studying.
Certain curriculum areas will be taught discretely. This includes science, RE, French and PSHE. British Values and Social, Moral, Spiritual and Cultural opportunities underpin our ASPIRE curriculum values and we focus on these as part of our collective worship. Our ongoing commitment to safeguarding is also reflected in the curriculum.
The member of staff responsible for the curriculum is Mrs C Dawes.
Spring term 1
Spring term 2
Summer term 1
|Title||A journey through time||Magic Moments||What a Wonderful World||Historical Detectives 2||Enterprise|
|Focus subject||History||Art||Geography||History||Design technology|
|Other subject focus||Geography and design technology or art and music||Music||History and design technology or art and music||Design technology or art, music and geography||Art and music|
These ASPIRE learning behaviours underpin our entire curriculum and will be addressed across the year.
|Year 1||Three Generations||Whole school project||Journeys||Famous people||Reuse and recycle|
|Year 2||Transport||Whole school project||Is life the same wherever you live?||Events beyond living memory that are significant nationally - the Great Fire of London||Feed the birds|
|Year 3||The story of my town||Whole school project||Build bridges, not walls||A British history study||Magical magnets|
|Year 4||A timeline of British history||Whole school project||What is home?||Anglo-Saxons and Vikings||Wearable tech|
|Year 5||Ancient Greece: The cradle of Western civilisation||Whole school project||Fighting back||The Romans||The Great Windsor Bakeoff|
|Year 6||Early civilisations||Whole school project||Vanishing rainforest. The story of the Amazon. North/South America.||Non-European civilisation||Rocky Races|
The following subjects will be delivered discreetly: Science, RE, PE, PSHE, Computing, SMSC, BV and MfL. Please see individual school/subject overviews for further details on content.
The Department for Education states that there is a need: “To create and enforce a clear and rigorous expectation on all schools to promote the fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs”.
At Rivers Primary Academy, British values are at the centre of all that we do. We nurture our pupils so they become caring, responsible and tolerant adults who make a positive difference to British society and to the wider world. Through our ASPIRE values, we encourage pupils to be active, seek improvements, positive, independent, resilient individuals who always put effort into everything that they do.
Our school rules: Ready, Respectful, Safe apply to themselves as individuals, others in our school, our local community and beyond. We use weekly Votes for Schools lessons to explicitly teach and promote British values. These lessons give a consistent and quality approach to ensuring that every student accesses and can engage in discussion around British values and can develop their critical thinking. British values are also promoted in many other ways as outlined below.