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At Appleton Wiske we organise our curriculum themes so the Autumn term focusses on themes that are about the children and things that are familiar to them- these are the ‘Me, Myself, I’ themes and have a special focus on myself and history.  This means that all the children start from a secure base of what they know and what is familiar and can confidently contribute to learning in the class.  In the Spring term the themes develop to look at our locality and environment and draw upon the village and its surroundings. By the Summer term when children feel more confident and have developed higher level questioning and exploration skills, we look at themes which explore the wider world. 

                                                     Term 1- Me, Myself, I                                     Term 2 – My Locality                                     Term 3 – The Wider World


Autumn 1

Fundamental British Values (FBV)

Autumn 2


Spring 1


Spring 2


Summer 1  


Summer 2 


Class 1

How do we travel on land?

What special events do we celebrate?

How do we travel on water?

What is it like to live in a castle?

What jobs can we do when we grow up?

How do we travel in the air?

Class 2

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 3

Who were the Victorians and what did they invent?

How has the environment changed from the Romans to now?

How did the Anglo-Saxons survive?



Why did the Vikings invade England?



How did the Vikings invade England?

How has life changed since Ancient Greece?

Class 4

How have railways changed over the years?

Who were the Romans and what did they do?

How have materials changed since Anglo-Saxon times?

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



Our themes are based upon questions and we develop the children’s questioning skills as they learn.  We include children in planning each theme and in preparation we ask three questions:

What do you know about this theme already? This prevents children revisiting areas they are already confident about

What do we need to learn about this theme? This will be drawn from the National Curriculum blocks that are set out in the long term plans

What would you like to learn about this theme?  These are the questions that children would like to answer during the theme and this is usually the area that particularly engages them in their learning and develops their ability to lead their own learning.

Staff will take this information and write the half termly thematic plan.  This is available for you to view on the website on each class page.


Incorporated throughout our curriculum are Fundamental British Values (FBV), SEAL themes and the PSHE & C curriculum.  We are very proud of the inclusive nature of our school and this reflects our ethos of TEAM Together Everyone Achieves More.  FBV, SEAL themes and the PSHE & C curriculum 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 will be taught every half term during discrete lessons and through cross-curricular links where possible.

If you would like any additional information about our curriculum, please feel free to make an appointment with your child's teacher or the Head Teacher.

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