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Appleton Wiske Community Primary School

School Curriculum 2019-20



Happy, Healthy and Productive


Our vision is for all of our children to be happy, healthy and productive in a supportive environment which allows them to achieve their full potential. Through a deep and rich curriculum, pupils will gain knowledge, develop skills and build resilience for the future. We are determined that every child will succeed.



  • Ensure that all children feel safe and happy
  • Ensure that a climate of respect is embedded within the school environment
  • Embrace diversity by fostering positive, caring and tolerant attitudes towards everyone regardless of background
  • Prioritise reading and mathematical fluency in order to allow every child to access the full curriculum 
  • Provide a deep, rich and challenging curriculum which caters for every child’s needs, including disadvantaged pupils and those with SEND  
  • Develop confidence, resilience, independence and a growth mindset
  • Ensure that every child achieves and reaches their potential
  • Prepare children for their lives beyond primary education 
  • Engage parents and families



Our curriculum is implemented through cross-curricular themes which inspire and excite children about new learning opportunities. The themes are organised so that the children start from a secure base of what they know and what is familiar and can confidently contribute to learning in the class. Themes are then developed to look at our locality and environment and draw upon the village and its surroundings. When children feel more confident and have developed higher level questioning and exploration skills, we look at themes which explore the wider world. 


We ask the children three questions:

What do you know about this theme already?

What would you like to learn about this theme? 

What will help you to learn more about this theme?


Incorporated throughout our curriculum are Fundamental British Values (FBV), SEAL themes and the PSHE & C curriculum, which are shared in assembly, circle time, with small groups of children and in whole class lessons. There are also opportunities for children to develop these skills throughout the school in roles such as e-safety officers, playtime friends and the School Council.  Religious Education is taught throughout the year during discrete lessons and through cross-curricular links where possible.




Autumn 1

Fundamental British Values (FBV)

Autumn 2


Spring 1


Spring 2


Summer 1  


Summer 2 


Class 1

Who was George Stephenson and what did he invent?

Why do we celebrate Bonfire Night?

Why is James Cook famous?

How has the Royal Family changed over time?


Who helps us when we feel ill?

How has air transport changed over time?

Class 2

How have railways changed over the years?


Who were the Romans and what did they build?

How did the Anglo-Saxons survive?

How and why did the Vikings invade England?

Who were the Ancient Greeks and what did they invent?

How do plants and animals adapt in order to survive?

Class 3

How has the invention of railways impacted us?


Who were the Romans and what did we learn from them?

How have materials changed since Anglo-Saxon times?

Why did the Vikings invade England?

How has life changed since Ancient Greece?

How has mankind evolved over time?





Becoming an active citizen


New beginnings

Keeping myself safe



Getting on/falling out

Me and my future



Going for goals

My healthy lifestyle



Good to be me

Me and my relationships



Staying safe and moving on






The impact of our curriculum approach is that it inspires children to develop their knowledge and gain new skills which can be transferred across subjects and into the real world. We provide opportunities through the curriculum which allow all children to flourish. Our children experience success, develop their self-belief and build resilience. We have created a culture where we learn from our mistakes in order to develop a growth mindset and the belief that anything is possible. Our children are ‘learning for life’. 


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