History is linked to our Topics for each Unit and wherever possible includes experiences to support children’s understanding of the past. This includes off site trips, visitors from local museums or those who can re-enact key characters and events, dress up days and using artefacts for exploration. Children are encouraged to find links between historical learning and their lives now and to understand how historical events have affected our local area and lifestyle. Where a topic has a historic focus, children will be encouraged to read stories, non-fiction and poetry from the era and key texts will be used in literacy planning. Writing in a range of styles will be an outcome of children’s learning in history and we plan to make these relevant to the real world where possible. This may include writing information leaflets about the Romans for a museum or writing a story set in World War Two. Making links is very important for history and we aim to give children a context for each era that they learn about by including it in a time line.
Geography is linked to our topic in each Unit and will often be the leading subject for a topic such as Rainforests. Children are taught about our local area and the wider world in relation to this.
Where possible experiences are included especially when learning about local geography. Trips to the beach, moors and rivers enable children to learn through practical exploration. Where the geographical focus is further afield, we use video clips, photos, stories and non-fiction books to support children’s learning. We aim to ensure children’s writing for their topic has meaning and outcomes include; creating save the planet persuasive videos, writing rally speeches for famous historic figures and woodland poetry to be performed to parents at an end of unit forest party.
Design and Technology
Design and Technology develops children’s skills and knowledge in design, structures, mechanisms, electrical control and a range of materials, including food. It encourages children's creativity and encourages them to think about important issues. Wherever possible, the design objective is linked to other areas of the curriculum topics. It gives children the opportunities to apply learning from across the curriculum to give their work practical context and apply skills to “real world” contexts. Teaching normally happens in a block in KS1 and KS2. This allows the children to really engage with the activity and plan, make and evaluate their products in depth.
Modern Foreign Language
MFL is taught separately to topic over 6 weeks in a term. MFL French is taught at Newton Ferrers to children in KS2 following the National Curriculum objectives. In KS1 key French is taught where appropriate. Key phrases and songs are used to give children exposure to the language.
We teach PSHE weekly at Newton Ferrers. We follow the guidance from the PSHE Association and materials from the Christopher Winter project. These sessions can be discussion based and follow
thematic planning programme. PSHE teaching includes building relationships, keeping safe and
healthy lifestyle. Sex education and drugs and alcohol units of learning are taught in all year groups as children build on their knowledge each year.
A focus on British Values is also promoted during PSHE sessions and a linked value is followed up during value assemblies.