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International Primary Curriculum

Children in Years 1 to 6 will be following the International Primary Curriculum programme which will meet the requirements of the new National Curriculum.  For more information about the programme for each year group please look at the information in the Parents section under Curriculum letters.

ART

 

Aims

The national curriculum for art and design aims to ensure that all pupils:

  •   produce creative work, exploring their ideas and recording their experiences

  •   become proficient in drawing, painting, sculpture and other art, craft and design techniques

  •   evaluate and analyse creative works using the language of art, craft and design

  •   know about great artists, craft makers and designers, and understand the

    historical and cultural development of their art forms. 

COMPUTING

The 2014 national curriculum has introduced a new subject, computing, which replaces ICT.  Computing is concerned with how computers and computer systems work and how they are designed and programmed.  Children will learn how to solve problems, design systems and apply computing ideas in real life contexts.  In key stage 1 children focus on algorithms which will lead them into the design stage of programming at key stage 2. 

 

Children will continue to use their ICT skills across the curriculum to research and present their work.  Each term children will learn how to use technology safely and respectfully, keeping personal information private; they will identify where to go for help and support when necessary.

Year 3 animations

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Design Technology

 

In Design Technology, children learn how things are made and what makes them work. They learn to safely prepare, cut and join different sorts of materials and to choose which material is best for the task. Children learn to design and complete three tasks each year and think about how they could improve their work further with evaluation. Design Technology helps develop problem solving skills and gives the children opportunities to work both individually and in small groups.

DT whole school competitions - Wind Chimes and Kites

DT whole school competitions - Wind Chimes and Kites 1
DT whole school competitions - Wind Chimes and Kites 2
DT whole school competitions - Wind Chimes and Kites 3
DT whole school competitions - Wind Chimes and Kites 4
DT whole school competitions - Wind Chimes and Kites 5

GEOGRAPHY

 

Aims

The national curriculum for geography aims to ensure that all pupils:

  •  develop contextual knowledge of the location of places, seas and oceans, including their defining physical and human characteristics

  • understand the processes that give rise to key physical and human geographical features of the world, how these are interdependent and how they bring about spatial variation and change over time

  • are competent in the geographical skills needed to:

    • collect, analyse and communicate with a range of data gathered through experiences of fieldwork that deepen their understanding of geographical processes

    • interpret a range of sources of geographical information, including maps, diagrams, globes, aerial photographs and Geographical Information Systems (GIS)

    • communicate geographical information in a variety of ways, including through maps and writing at length. 

Year 3 project on Volcanoes

Year 3 project on Volcanoes 1
Year 3 project on Volcanoes 2

HISTORY

Aims

The national curriculum for history aims to ensure that all pupils:

  • know and understand the history of these islands as a coherent, chronological narrative, from the earliest times to the present day: how people’s lives have shaped this nation and how Britain has influenced and been influenced by the wider world

  • know and understand significant aspects of the history of the wider world: the nature of ancient civilisations; the expansion and dissolution of empires; characteristic features of past non-European societies; achievements and follies of mankind

  • gain and deploy a historically-grounded understanding of abstract terms such as ‘empire’, ‘civilisation’, ‘parliament’ and ‘peasantry’

  • understand historical concepts such as continuity and change, cause and consequence, similarity, difference and significance, and use them to make connections, draw contrasts, analyse trends, frame historically-valid questions and create their own structured accounts, including written narratives and analyses

  • understand the methods of historical enquiry, including how evidence is used rigorously to make historical claims, and discern how and why contrasting arguments and interpretations of the past have been constructed ​
  • gain historical perspective by placing their growing knowledge into different contexts, understanding the connections between local, regional, national and international history; between cultural, economic, military, political, religious and social history; and between short- and long-term timescales. 

Year 6 project on The Second World War

Year 6 project on The Second World War 1
Year 6 project on The Second World War 2
Year 6 project on The Second World War 3

Year 5 project on Shackleton

Year 5 project on Shackleton 1
Year 5 project on Shackleton 2
Year 5 project on Shackleton 3

Year 3 project on Stone Age

Year 3 project on Stone Age 1

LANGUAGES

At Summerside School Key Stage 2 children learn Spanish in Year 3 and French in Years 4,5,6

Aims

The national curriculum for languages aims to ensure that all pupils:

  understand and respond to spoken and written language from a variety of authentic sources

  speak with increasing confidence, fluency and spontaneity, finding ways of communicating what they want to say, including through discussion and asking questions, and continually improving the accuracy of their pronunciation and intonation

  can write at varying length, for different purposes and audiences, using the variety of grammatical structures that they have learnt

  discover and develop an appreciation of a range of writing in the language studied. ​

MUSIC

 

Aims

  • The national curriculum for music aims to ensure that all pupils:
  •   perform, listen to, review and evaluate music across a range of historical periods, genres, styles and traditions, including the works of the great composers and musicians
  • learn to sing and to use their voices, to create and compose music on their own and with others, have the opportunity to learn a musical instrument, use technology appropriately and have the opportunity to progress to the next level of musical excellence

  • understand and explore how music is created, produced and communicated, including through the inter-related dimensions: pitch, duration, dynamics, tempo, timbre, texture, structure and appropriate musical notations. 

PHYSICAL EDUCATION

 

Aims

The national curriculum for physical education aims to ensure that all pupils:

 develop competence to excel in a broad range of physical activities  are physically active for sustained periods of time
 engage in competitive sports and activities
 lead healthy, active lives. 

Science

 

Statutory requirements

 

During years 1 and 2, pupils should be taught to use the following practical scientific methods, processes and skills through the teaching of the programme of study content:

  • asking simple questions and recognising that they can be answered in different ways
  • observing closely, using simple equipment
  • performing simple tests
  • identifying and classifying
  • using their observations and ideas to suggest answers to questions
  • gathering and recording data to help in answering questions.

 

 


The International Primary Curriculum will be used as the starting point for science teaching. Topics for each year group can be found on this page.

Year 2 project on The Environment

Year 2 project on The Environment 1

Year 1 project on Plants and Growing

Year 1 project on Plants and Growing 1
Year 1 project on Plants and Growing 2
Year 1 project on Plants and Growing 3