The fundamental aim of any school curriculum is to help children to learn. In our school we teach much of our curriculum through themed topics, allowing children to deepen their learning by prioritising engagement, development of knowledge, innovation and expression. This is fully in line with the new curriculum that was brought in to schools in September 2014.
Not all subjects fit comfortably within a topic and so these subjects are taught in a discrete way. Science is taught in discreet lessons to enable coverage of year group objectives. Religious Education does not usually fit with a topic and so it's taught separately as a topic of its own or as individual lessons. French is taught on a weekly basis throughout Key Stage 2.
The national curriculum sets out the minimum content. At Sutton Courtenay C of E, we make sure children learn lots of additional skills, knowledge and understanding. For example:
All children also get the chance to perform during the year