My colleague and I at Euxton CE Primary have developed a KS1 topic curriculum which we use to teach our Year 1 and Year 2 classes on a two year rolling programme. It has had many incarnations over the past 5 years and is currently being adapted and reviewed on a half termly basis. It fits in with the new National Curriculum but if you do use any of the units on a stand alone basis, you will need to ensure you have covered all of the new requirements. Ofsted liked it, but that’s just an added extra bonus. We like it. It works for us as it is open ended and flexible enough that we can use it as a tool rather than being tied to it, things change in school sometimes and occasional “theme weeks” can impact on it’s use. It isn’t perfect, it isn’t detailed and it isn’t a scheme hoisted upon us without consultation. It is ours and we are sharing it with you in the hope that it can help you with a smidgeon of inspiration if you are creating your own topics.
Here are the units that we have updated in the last 2 academic years. They are open ended and can be used however you wish. Please let us know if you share them in your school or with other teachers, I am @teachAdele on Twitter, Mairi doesn’t tweet or blog…yet! You can find our school’s curriculum maps here (Y1) and here (Y2) which contain all the programmes of study which are covered in the units for the academic year 2014/15.
Autumn 1 – 2014
This unit “Respect” was created by us to be used in the Lancashire Prevent Strategy for Schools. It is available at the web address above to be shared freely.
Autum 2 – 2014
Spring 1 – 2015
Units from academic Year 2013/14