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Foundation subjects

Children need to engage in a broad and balanced curriculum throughout their time at primary school.  They spend important time working on Reading, Writing and Maths but also need to explore other areas.  All together, we call these the Foundation Subjects but individually this means:
  • Art
  • Design and Technology
  • Geography
  • History
  • Modern Foreign Languages
  • Music
In each of these subjects, we teach subject-specific skills and then use these to learn about different people, times and places.

For example, in geography, we will spend time learning about map-skills which we can use to compare and contrast our local area with other part of the country and other parts of the world.

To help children make links between subjects, and to make the curriculum interesting, we group similar themes in subjects into topics.  Each topic lasts about 6 to 8 weeks, usually fitting in with the school holiday pattern of half-terms.  The curriculum information letter your child brings home (available on the website in the "Parents>Letters" section) will tell you what topic your child's class are currently working on.

It is normal at Kingsway for all of the children from Year 3 to Year 6 to work on the same topic at the same time.  This allows for good opportunities for them to share ideas and inspiration.  However, it does not mean that Year 3 children are working at the same level as the Year 6 children.  Teachers work hard to ensure that there is clear progression in the skills being taught across school.

Even within topics, every lesson will have a specific subject focus and the areas that subjects cover include:

Art
  • Developing ideas
  • Mastering Techniques
  • Taking inspiration from the greats
Design and Technology
  • Mastering practical skills
  • Designing, Making, Evaluating and Improving
  • Taking inspiration from design throughout history
Geography
  • Investigating places
  • Investigating patterns
  • Communicating geographically
History
  • Investigating and interpreting the past
  • Building and overview of world history
  • Understanding chronology
  • Communicating historically
Modern Foreign Language
  • Reading fluently
  • Writing imaginatively
  • Speaking confidently
  • Understanding the culture of the country where my taught language is spoken
Music
  • Performing
  • Composing
  • Transcribing
  • Describing music
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