Foundation subjects are generally taught through our Creative Curriculum. It is based around a series of prime and subsidiary learning challenges – all expressed as questions. The aim is to deepen learners’ thinking and encourage them to be more intimately involved in their learning. As well as enquiry themes for specific year groups, the children also enjoy schoolwide theme weeks or days linked to national events and celebrations or international days.
The key drivers of our Creative Curriculum approach:
- It is planned around the distinctive needs of our children – the learners are involved in shaping the planning process through a pre-learning task where teachers find out what the children already know, what they want to know and any misconceptions they have.
- It is enquiry based to promote curiosity. All learning challenges are expressed as questions.
- It is outcomes driven to raise standards.
- It embeds the application of basic skills across the curriculum so children can practise their basic skills in many contexts.
- Cross-curricular (where meaningful), without losing the subject specific skills and knowledge.
- Children are “hooked” by the theme they are exploring from the outset; we begin each theme with a powerful stimulus that grabs the learner.
- Children have the opportunity to reflect on the learning that has taken place and see the bigger picture.
These are the Creative Curriculum topics for year 1.
Which birds and plants would Hansel and Gretel find in our school grounds?
In this topic we will be learning about different birds and plants found within our local area.
Which materials should the 3 little pigs have used to build their home?
In this topic we will be learning about different materials, focusing on their different properties. The children will have the opportunity to design and make their own house.
What is the best form of transport to travel on?
In this topic we will be learning about different types of vehicles that we use.
These are the Creative Curriculum topics for year 2.
How do you become a dinosaur hunter?
In this topic we will look at where dinosaurs live, how we know they existed and what their features were that helped them survive millions of years ago. We will be sure to learn all about famous dinosaur experts and everything about our favourite dinosaurs.
Why was the Great Fire of London great?
In this topic we will learn to identify significant historical events by recounting the Great Fire of London. We will look at comparing people and places in Bradford to London; identify famous landmarks in London. And comparing life in 1666 to life now.
Where would you prefer to live; England or Kenya?
In this topic we will learn about the continent of Africa. We will learn about it’s geographical features, wildlife, art and culture. We will be comparing life in a school in Nairobi with Bradford.
Would you like to be a Victorian child?
In this topic we will learn about the Victorian era. We will learn about the life of Queen Victoria. We will also learn about the history of Bradford and how it has changed over the years. We will also have a Victorian day, where we will experience what life was like for Victorian school children.
Would you like to be beside the seaside
In this topic we will be comparing life on the coast to life in cities and rural villages. We will be learning about the physical geography, and studying the features of the environment.
These are the Creative Curriculum topics for year 3.
Who first lived in Britain?
In this topic we will learn about the history of Britain and what life was like for the people living in different periods in time, including the Stone age, Bronze age and Iron age.
Has Greece always been in the news?
In this topic we will learn about the history of Greece and what the Greeks have done for us. We will be looking at Greek Gods, Greek philosophers and architecture in Ancient Greece.
What makes the earth angry?
In this topic we will learn about Volcanoes. We will learn about how they are formed, and what happens when they erupt.
These are the Creative Curriculum topics for year 4.
Who were the early lawmakers?
In this topic we will be learning about the historical events that occurred, such as the Magna Carta, which shaped how laws are made in Britain today.
Bradford – Why is it such a cool place to live?
In this topic we will learn about the history and geography of Bradford. We will look at how it grew into the city it is today, and how it became of major importance during the industrial revolution.
Were the Vikings vicious?
In this topic we will learn about the Vikings, and their raids and invasion of Britain. We will look at their ships and weapons, and their early settlements in Britain.
Why should we thank the Romans?
In this topic we will learn about the Roman Empire and its impact on Britain. We will look at the Roman conquest of Britain by Claudius, and the building of Hadrian’s Wall. We will also look at the impact it had, from technology to culture and beliefs, including early Christianity.
These are the Creative Curriculum topics for year 5.
Is there anybody out there?
In this topic we will learn about the history of space exploration, looking at the life of Neil Armstrong and the Apollo 11 mission to the Moon. We will also look at the depiction of space exploration and alien life in fictional movies, tv shows and books.
Why should the rainforest be important to us all?
In this topic we will learn about rainforests. We will study the rainforest’s delicate ecosystem and the animals that live within it. We will also look at the worldwide political and environmental impact on the planet.
Were the Anglo Saxons really smashing?
In this topic we will learn about Britain’s settlement by Anglo-Saxons and Scots. We will look at the Scots invasions from Ireland to north Britain (now Scotland). Anglo-Saxon invasions, settlements and kingdoms: place names and village life. We will also look at Anglo-Saxon art and culture.
How can we rediscover the wonders of Ancient Egypt?
In this topic we will learn about the Ancient Egyptians. We will look at the building of the great pyramids, as well as ancient Egyptian culture and beliefs, and the rule of the pharaohs.
These are the Creative Curriculum topics for year 6.
Could a Utopia ever really exist?
In this topic we will focus largely on Suzanne Collin’s novel ’The Hunger Games’ as well as other dystopian novels and movies. We will learn about various industries linked to the novel such as farming, mining and technology.
What does it take to be an explorer?
In this topic we will be learning about different explorers. We will be plotting the journey of Ernest Shackleton on his attempt to cross Antarctica. We will also be looking at Mary Anning which will include making our own fossils.
Life of a WW1 child
In this topic we will learn about the first world war. We will look at the causes and effects of the war, significant battles, people and the impact it had.