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St Botolph’s Church of England Primary School

Celebrating Faith,
Learning and Success

St Botolph's Church of England Primary School


Curriculum Overview

Autumn Term 1

Our writing learning will be guided by the text ‘Shackleton’s Journey’ the children will be writing their own magazine article and endurance narrative, using elements from the text. They will think carefully about how the writing effects the reader.

In Maths the children will be building on their knowledge of Place Value and of the four key operations (addition, subtractions, multiplication and division).

The Human Body- During this unit children will build on their knowledge of the circulatory system. They will learn that William Harvey was a doctor who suggested the heart was at the centre of a circulatory system that moved blood around the body. They will learn that now; scientists and doctors know that the heart and blood vessels are parts of our circulatory system and that our circulatory and respiratory systems keep us alive. We know that our heart is divided into four chambers and blood enters and exits the heart. As the heart beats, it pumps the blood out to the lungs for a new supply of oxygen. Blood vessels, called arteries, carry oxygen rich blood away from the heart. Blood vessels, called veins, carry blood back to your heart to be pumped to the lungs for more oxygen. Children will learn the importance of each part of the circulatory system including arteries, veins and capillaries.

Art in the Italian Renaissance- Children are introduced to the art of the Italian renaissance by looking at The School of Athens by Raphael and Vitruvian Man by Leonardo da Vinci. Through these works they learn that Renaissance is a French word meaning rebirth, which is used to describe the revival of art that took place in Italy from about 1400 influenced by the rediscovery of classical art and culture.

World War 1- This unit allows children to apply their knowledge of Britain before the war to develop a deeper understanding of the causes and consequences of World War I on Britain, and the wider world. This unit focuses on developing two key concepts of Empire and War.

Spatial Sense- Children will revisit the lines that cartographers use to divide the world into sections in order to locate places accurately. They will study lines of longitude and latitude and the points at which they intersect; co-ordinates. Studying these lines will help children to understand that from our knowledge of the location of places, we can make educated guesses about the climate, as we know the further from the equator, the colder the climate will be. Children will look at the Arctic and Antarctic Circles and will learn more about the climate in these regions. They will look at diagrams to explain why there are points in the year when the sun does not set, and other points where the sun does not rise.

Creation- Children will consider creation and science and think about if this is a conflicting theme or complementary.

The children will be learning to play the Ukulele this half-term.


-To be confirmed

Mechanisms- Creating moving toys.

In computing the children will be developing their understanding of coding. They will think carefully about debugging a piece of code.

During this half-term the children will be performing 'Street Dance' and playing Tag Rugby in PE.