Topic Themes

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The ACE Curriculum 2014 is designed to ensure there is coverage while giving cross curricular links and inspirational creative ideas. It is organised into terms and the overall topic themes for each term means that every class is participating in a similar subject range but with their own individual topic. It is the creativity of individual class, teachers and children, through discussion and enquiry to develop their own planning.

As each class is following the same overall theme we are able to come together to share a celebration of work across our school and where possible ACE group.

Years 1 to 6

The Time Travellers historical theme helps our children gain a better understanding of Britain’s past and the wider world, inspiring curiosity to know more about the past. This unit helps children to understand the complexity of people’s lives, from the earliest of times to the present day; the process of change as well as their own identity and the challenges of their time. For the history of the wider world topics, children explore the nature of ancient civilisations; the expansion and dissolution of empires and their characteristics.

Overall, we explore historical concepts such as continutity and change, cause and consequence, similarity and differences and use them to make connections. The topic draws on extensive research and enquiry for children to evidence their historical claims and discern how and why they believe their statements and interprestations of their understanding.

Year 1

This topic is a history topic and will be based around the children’s own personal timeline and their family history. If you have any interesting characters in your family history that you know of we would love to share them.
The topic will link to literacy through reports and recounts of historical events, diary entries and oral story telling. Other subjects such as Art and Music will be incorporated into the topic.
In Design Technology the children will be building structures which will be linked to the local area where possible.
Science is about the uses and differences of everyday materials.
Maths will follow the new 2014 curriculum stipulated for Year 1.

Year 2

This topic is a history topic and will be linking the children’s own personal timeline and their family history with a time before their living memory. It will also include historical accounts of local people and famous people, living or dead. The main focus will be on our local history of Kent so if you would like to take your child on a visit to e.g. The museum of Kent life, Dover Castle or any other local castle it would enrich their learning.
The topic will link to literacy through reports and recounts of historical events, diary entries and oral story telling. Other subjects such as Art and Music will be incorporated into the topic.
In Design Technology the children will be doing cooking and nutrition which will be linked to local traditional food.
Science is about Living things and their habitats.
Maths will follow the new 2014 curriculum stipulated for Year 2 with additions from 2013 where needed.

Year 3

This topic is a history topic and will be about the events and people of the Roman era. There will be a focus on the difference between fact and opinion and where possible reference to local Kent history will be made. If you would like to take your child on a linked visit outside school time it would enrich their learning. Horrible histories have a disgusting book about this time.
The topic will link to literacy through reports and recounts of historical events, diary entries and information texts. There will also be opportunity to develop creative writing through the inspiring stories of this era. Other subjects such as Art and Music will be incorporated into the topic.
In Design Technology the children will be building structures which will be linked to the Roman era.
Science is about Forces and Magnets.
Maths will follow the new 2014 curriculum stipulated for Year 3.

Year 4

This topic is a history topic and will be about the events and people from Anglo Saxons to Scots and Vikings. There will be a focus on the use of historical vocabulary and where possible reference to local Kent history will be made. If you would like to take your child on a linked visit e.g. The Viking Longboat in Ramsgate, it would enrich their learning. Other subjects such as Art and Music will be incorporated into the topic.
The topic will link to literacy through reports and recounts of historical events, diary entries and information texts. There will also be opportunity to develop creative writing through the inspiring stories of this era. Horrible histories have some disgusting but appealing books about this time.
The children will be using their electric knowledge and understanding from the science topic they will be doing this term to create electrical systems for a purpose in Design Technology.
Maths will follow the new 2014 curriculum stipulated for Year 4.

Year 5

This topic is a history topic and will be about the events and people of the early civilization of Egypt. There will be a focus on linking historical Egypt and its environment to Egypt as a holiday destination today. If you have ever been to Egypt we would love to share your experiences and holiday photos. Other subjects such as Art, Design Technology and Music will be incorporated into the topic.
The topic will link to literacy through reports and recounts of historical events, diary entries and information texts. There will also be opportunity to develop creative writing through the stories and settings of this time. Horrible histories have a disgusting but appealing book about Egypt.
Science is about Living things and their habitats.
Maths will follow the new 2014 curriculum stipulated for Year 5.

Year 6

This topic is a history topic and will be about the events and people from Stone Age to Iron Age. There will be a focus on the evaluation of historical resources and where possible reference to local Kent history will be made. If you would like to take your child on a linked visit it would enrich their learning.
The topic will link to literacy through reports and recounts of historical events, diary entries and information texts. There will also be opportunity to develop creative writing through the inspiring stories of Michelle Paver- Wolf Brother. Horrible histories also have some disgusting but appealing books about this time.
Other subjects such as Art and Music will be incorporated into the topic.
Science is about Evolution and Inheritance which links to the topic through the study of fossils and how the earth was inhabited millions of years ago.
Maths will follow the new 2014 curriculum stipulated for Year 6 with additions from 2013 where needed.

Year 1

This topic is an English topic and will be based around the author Julia Donaldson. She has written many books including The Gruffalo, Gruffalo’s Child, Room on the Broom and Highway Rat. Maybe you could read some of these books as a bedtime story with your child. Some of these books have also been made into films so it would be interesting to watch these with your child too. Other subjects such as Art and Music will be incorporated into the topic. Science is about Animals including Humans. Maths will follow the new 2014 curriculum stipulated for Year 1.

Year 2

This topic is an English topic and will be based around Traditional Tales. There are many traditional tales that the children will be reading including Jack and the Beanstalk and Cinderella etc. Maybe you could share some of these stories as a bedtime story with your child. Many of these tales have also been made into films so it would be interesting to watch these with your child too. Other subjects such as Art and Music will be incorporated into the topic. Science is about Animals including Humans. In Design Technology the children will be cooking and finding out about nutrition. Maths will follow the new 2014 curriculum stipulated for Year 2 with additions from 2013 where needed.

Year 3

This topic is an English topic and will be based around the author Roald Dahl. He has written many books including Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Esio Trot and the BFG. Maybe you could introduce some of these books to your child. Many of these books have also been made into films so it would be interesting to watch these with your child too. Other subjects such as Art and Music will be incorporated into the topic. In Design Technology the children will be cooking and finding out about nutrition. Science is about Animals including Humans. Maths will follow the new 2014 curriculum stipulated for Year 3.

Year 4

This topic is an English topic and will be based around the author C S Lewis. He has written many books including The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, Magicians Nephew and Prince Caspian. Maybe you could read and discuss some of these books with your child. Some of these books have also been made into films so it would be interesting to watch these with your child too. Other subjects such as Art and Music will be incorporated into the topic. Science is about Animals including Humans. Maths will follow the new 2014 curriculum stipulated for Year 4.

Year 5

This topic is an English topic and will be based around the author Michael Morpugo. He has written many books including Wreck of the Zanzibar, War Horse and Butterfly Lion. Maybe you could read some of these books and discuss the characters and storylines with your child. Some of these books have also been made into films so it would be interesting to watch these with your child too. Other subjects such as Art and Music will be incorporated into the topic. Science is about Animals including Humans. Maths will follow the new 2014 curriculum stipulated for Year 5.

Year 6

This topic is an English topic and will be based around the author Michelle Paver. She has written many books including Wolf Brother, Outcast and Spirit Walker. Maybe you could read some of these books and discuss the characters and storylines with your child. Other subjects such as Art and Music will be incorporated into the topic. In Design Technology the children will be cooking and finding out about nutrition. Science is about Animals including Humans. Maths will follow the new 2014 curriculum stipulated for Year 6 with additions from 2013 where needed.

Year 1

This topic is a geography topic and will be based around the children’s own locality at first comparing it to Australia, a non-European locality. If you have any family links with other countries then it would be useful to discuss these with your children. This will give them an understanding of the wider world. The topic will link to English through reading storied from Australia and writing of postcards and stories with different settings. Other subjects such as Art and Music will be incorporated into the topic. Science is about seasonal changes. Maths will follow the new 2014 curriculum stipulated for Year 1.

Year 2

This topic is a geography topic and will be based around the children’s own locality at first comparing it to the rest of the UK. They will be focussing specifically on the similarities and differences between the 4 countries within the UK. If you have any family links with other countries then it would be useful to discuss these with your children. This will give them an understanding of the wider world. The topic will link to English through reading stories from the other countries and writing of postcards and stories with different settings. Other subjects such as Art and Music will be incorporated into the topic. Science is about Sound. Maths will follow the new 2014 curriculum stipulated for Year 2 with additions from 2013 where needed.

Year 3

This topic is a geography topic and will be all about Volcanoes and Earthquakes. Children will be learning about these phenomena through history extending to the present day. As this is a geography topic, if you have any family links with other countries then it would be useful to discuss these with your children. This will give them an understanding of the wider world. The topic will link to English through reading stories from other countries and writing of postcards, reports, information texts and stories with different settings. Other subjects such as Art and Music will be incorporated into the topic. Science is about Rocks. Maths will follow the new 2014 curriculum stipulated for Year 3.

Year 4

This topic is a geography topic and will be all about Rivers and the water cycle. Children will be learning about rivers throughout the world and comparing and contrasting their influences on the surrounding environment and populations. As this is a geography topic, if you have any family links with other countries then it would be useful to discuss these with your children. This will give them an understanding of the wider world. The topic will link to English literacy through reading stories from other countries and writing of postcards, posters, information texts and stories with different settings. Other subjects such as Art and Music will be incorporated into the topic. Science is about states of matter. Maths will follow the new 2014 curriculum stipulated for Year 4.

Year 5

This topic is a geography topic and will be all about Climate zones, biomes, vegetation belts and global time zones. Children will be learning about these throughout the world and comparing and contrasting their influences on the environment and populations. As this is a geography topic, if you have any family links with other countries then it would be useful to discuss these with your children. This will give them an understanding of the wider world. The topic will link to English through reading stories from other countries and writing of postcards, reports, information texts and stories with different settings. Other subjects such as Art and Music will be incorporated into the topic. Science is about Earth and space. Maths will follow the new 2014 curriculum stipulated for Year 5.

Year 6

This topic is a geography topic and will be all about Mountains. Children will be learning about mountainous regions throughout the world and comparing and contrasting their influences on the surrounding environment and populations. As this is a geography topic, if you have any family links with other countries then it would be useful to discuss these with your children. This will give them an understanding of the wider world. The topic will link to English through reading stories from other countries and writing of postcards, reports, information texts and stories with different settings. Other subjects such as Art and Music will be incorporated into the topic. Science is about all living things. Maths will follow the new 2014 curriculum stipulated for Year 6 with additions from 2013 where needed.

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