Our 'Epic' Creative Curriculum

 

Developing an ‘EPIC’ approach to the Whiston Junior and Infant School’s Curriculum to inspire and equip learners for the 21st Century   

Whole School Project Overview                            

 

Autumn 1

8 Week                   

Cultural Week /Harvest Festival

Autumn 2

7 Week

Christmas Week Events 

Spring 1

5 Week

Whiston’s Got Talent

Spring 2

5 Week

Book & Science Weeks

Summer 1

8 Week

Health & Sports Week 

Summer 2

6 Week & 2 days

Olympic Games-Brazil

FS2

WHO AM I?

Focus: Science – Changes from baby

 

Visit/Visitors: Local walk /Travelling Farm 

HOW DO WE USE LIGHT AND DARK?

Focus: Festivals & celebrations around the world

Visit: Panto

WHAT IS A SUPERHERO?

 Focus: D & T/Geography-China

 

Visitor/Theme Day: SuperheroWorkshop & Dress up 

WHAT’S UNDER THE GROUND?

Focus: History/Science (Dinosaurs/Plants & flowers)

Visitor: Dinosaur Workshop

WHAT IS A MINI BEAST?

Focus: Science (Animals & habitats)

Visit: Butterfly House

DO WE NEED WHEELS TO TRAVEL?

Focus: Science (Forces) /Enterprise Project -Olympics

Visit: Teddy Bear’s Picnic at Worrygoose

Y1

Who were the Victorians?

Where in the world is Whiston? 

Focus: History incl Queen Victoria/Geography 

Visit/Theme Day:Whiston Walk/ Church/ Day as a Victorian

Why do we celebrate Bonfire night?

Who lives in a house like this? 

Focus: History (Guy Fawkes)

 

Visit: Panto

Are animals different from humans?

Focus: Science (Skeletons)

 

Visit: Eureka

Where does our food come from? (Vegetables)

Focus: Science (Plants)

 

Visit: EIS, Sheffield

Could there be aliens?

 

Focus: Science (Space)

Sig person: Neil Armstrong

Theme Day: Space / alien day

Visitors: Y5 class

What lives in a rainforest? 

 

Focus: Science (Animals & flowers)

 

Visit: Canon Hall Farm / Walk to Whiston Flower shop

Y2

Who was the lady with the lamp?

Why should people want to live in Whiston? What is the UK?

Focus: Geography /Sig personFlorence Nightingale & Mary Seacole /Whiston/Britain

Visit/Theme Day:Whiston Walk /UK 

Why do we wear poppies for Remembrance Day? Why do Christians celebrate Christmas?

Focus: RE/History/Science (Materials)

Visit/visitor:Panto/Whiston Walk /Nativity & Church/Army soldier

How do we know about the Great Fire of London?

 

Focus: History -1066/Science (Animals inc humans)

Theme day: A day in1066 -Pudding Lane

How is the UK different to the Caribbean?

 

Focus:Geography/Science (Habitats & Plants)

Visit: EIS, Sheffield/ Zoo Lab visitor

What’s in my garden?

 

 

Focus: Science (Habitats & Plants)

Visit: Wetlands

Who was the lighthouse keeper’s daughter?

 

FocusA sig British person-Grace Darling/Geography/Science (Movement)

Visit: Cleethorpes

Y3

What was it like to attend a Tudor banquet? What is a force?

Focus: Sig British person-Henry VIII/History/D & T /Science (Forces)

Visit/Theme day:Temple Newsam /Day in the life as a Tudor

And then there was light…

 

Focus: Science (Light & Shadows)

 

Visit: Panto/Whiston Church

How far does a cocoa bean travel?

Focus: Geography/ Maths/Science (nutrition)

 

Visit: Cadbury’s World

How are mountains formed?

 

Focus: Geography/Science (Rocks) D&T – make a pulley

Visit: EIS, Sheffield

The exciting Egyptians- What did they believe?

Focus: History/D&T/Science (Plants)

Visit/Theme Day: Yorkshire Museum/Life as an Egyptian

Why are there 5 rings in the Olympic symbol?

Focus: PE/ Science (Skeletons & Muscles)/Citizenship 

Visitor: Sports Person- Karen Clifton - swimmer

Y4

What is ruining our Rainforests? 

 

Focus:Geography/Science (Living things)

Visit: Sherwood forest-Shelter building

Does money make the world go round?

Focus: Enterprise / D&T -  Design and make products to sell at Enterprise Fayre/ Science (states of matter)

Visitor: Business Person

‘Did they always live happily ever after?’

Focus: D&T/Music Peter and the wolf  music composition/ Science (Sound)

Visitor: Theatre company

What lives at the bottom of your garden?

Focus: History (Stone age)/ Art-Diorama/ Science (Animals including humans)

Visit :Creswell Crags

How vicious were the Vikings? 

What is electricity?

Focus: History/Science (electricity)

 

Visit: YorkResidential

What are the Olympic Origins?

Focus: History (Ancient Greece) D & T - Create a model Olympic village

Visitor: Sports Person- Karen Clifton - swimmer

Y5

What was life like as a Victorian trapper? 

Focus: History/Geography -/significant person –Charles Darwin

Visit/ Theme Day: Coal Mining Museum

Could we become extinct like the dinosaurs? 

Focus:History/Science (Water Cycle) Geography (Rivers-pollution)

Visit: Panto, Sheffield Mosque & Ewden Water Plant

Could you cross a river without a bridge? 

Focus: Geography (Rivers) Significant person (Brunel) D&T

Visit/Theme day: Follow Whiston brook/Day as an engineer

Could you be as smart as George’s marvellous medicine?

Focus: Science (Properties of and changing materials)

Visit/visitor: EIS, Sheffield,  ‘By Design’/Professor Brainstorm 

Should Usain Bolt train at night rather than during the day? 

Focus: PE/Science (Space)/IT

Visit: CLC Woodles/Note: Free Space Day next half term

Would you rather compete in the Ancient or Modern day Olympics? 

Focus: History –Ancient Greeks/D&T

Visit: Space day

Y6

Pride of Britain -What makes us unique?

Focus: History WWII/significant person –Nicholas Winterton’ Science – Light & dark/Forces

Visit/ Theme Day: Kingswood/Crucial Crew

What was life like for children during WWII? 

Focus:History/Geography (WWII)/Science (Electricity & Materials)

Visit: Panto, Eden Camp; Evacuee Themed day

How powerful is nature? 

Focus:Geography/Science (Volcanoes) 

 

 

Visit/Theme day: Role Play 

What causes an earthquake?

Focus: Science (Properties of and changing materials) Geography

 

SATs Prep & Tests Week 3 – Week 5

No Visits

Who were the Mayans? 

(Week 7 & 8) Focus: History

 

SATs Prep  Week 1 – Week 5  & SATs Tests Week 6

No Visits

Who were the Mayans continued? 

Olympics?

Focus: Transition Project

 

Visit/visitor:  New school

                       Awards Ceremony