At John Clare Primary we are proud of all of the achievements our children make.  We aim to inspire them to want continue to learn and achieve throughout their lives.  We run a two year curriculum that is based around the guidance from the National Curriculum and the interests of our children.  As a school we feel that it is important that children have the opportunity to undertake open ended activities that enables them to learn through the  practical application of their learning.

We have incorporated the ‘Building Learning Power’ approach into our planning and curriculum.  The children learn about ‘Resourcefulness’, ‘Reciprocity’, ‘Resilience’ and ‘Reflectiveness’; these 4 ‘Rs’ help the children to develop not only their understanding but how they work together and apply their knowledge.

Curriculum Planner for KS2 Topics

                        A (even) from Sept 2014                                                  B (odd)
Term Curriculum area Y3/4 Y5/6 Y3/4 Y5/6
Autumn Theme Victorian ChildrenHistory/Geography Focus The Industrial RevolutionHistory/Geography Focus Ancient EgyptiansHistory Focus The Frozen PlanetGeography Focus
English Text types:Non-Fiction – Census/School log books

Fiction: Victorian School, The Dancing Frog (books by the same author – Quentin Blake)

SPAG – Basic sentence structure

Text types:Non fiction – Robert Stephenson /Industrial revolution/inventions

Fiction: Street Child, Railway children

SPAG – Super sentences

Text types:Non fiction: Howard Carter’s diary

Fiction: The Owl who was afraid of the dark

Text types:Non fiction: Scott’s exploration – what can we gain from his diary’s

Fiction: The Rainbow Bear, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (Author study: CS Lewis)

Poetry: Northern Lights

Science Ourselves/Animals/TeethTeeth & Healthy Eating

Moving & Growing

Habitats 1

Dissolving and ChangeLight, Power & Electricity Characteristics of MaterialsSolids, Liquids & how they can be Separated

Keeping Warm

AdaptationLife Cycles & Reproduction
Humanities Victorian children at school/Local study of education in HelpstonTrip – Stibbington Victorian Day Impact of the railways and the Industrial Revolution in the Victorian era, nationally and with reference to HelpstonLook at changes to the landscape and resources. Ancient EgyptiansWater and Water Cycle

The River Nile and the River Nene (Stibbington visit)

The Frozen PlanetNorth and south poles

Changes in day length

Effects of our daily lives on the polar regions

RE The Church Year – How has Christianity shaped our year?

Is Christmas a festival of light or love?

Why is Jesus an inspirational leader for some people?

How have people of faith influenced our society? Barnado etc

Sacred texts – Why is the Bible so important to some people?

How does the Torah influence the lives of Jewish people?

Does a religious faith influence our response to our planet? Creation & Stewardship of our planet? Christian focus

What makes charity a feature of most religions?

PE Attack and DefenceGymnastics Team  gamesGymnastics Attack and DefenceGymnastics Team  gamesGymnastics
Art/DT Painting of frogsInk/wash

Colour – tones and shades

Drawing – Victorian portraits, figures in relations

Moving figures with hinges using patterns/templates

Textiles – weaving




Christmas Fayre preparation

Sculpture – salt dough headsPapyrus

Sketching and line drawing


Construction with cams

Christmas Fayre preparation

New Curriculum Planner for KS2 Topics

                          A (even) from Sept 2014                                                  B (odd)
Term Curriculum area Y3/4 Y5/6 Y3/4 Y5/6
Spring Theme EnvironmentScience Focus Keeping HealthyScience Focus Rocks and SoilsScience Focus Rainforest/South America Science/Geography Focus
English Text types:Non fiction: Persuasive writing re wind farm

Fiction: Iron Man – writing in the style of Ted Hughes

Poetry – themed based linked to school/environment

Text types:Fiction – There’s a boy in the girl’s bathroom

Non fiction – famous scientist explanatory texts – Pasteurisation/Jenner

Poetry – Poems about bullying

Text types:Non fiction: Descriptive writing

Fiction: Stig of the dump

Poetry: Haiku

Text types:Non fiction:  Animal fact files, Darwin

Fiction:            The Great Kapok Tree/Sharma’s Apprentice

Science Solar powerCircuits and conductors Micro OrganismsHealth Light & ShadowsRocks & Soils Evolution and Inheritance
Humanities EnvironmentAlternative Energy forms (debate on wind farms etc) Locating continents and riversEffect of deforestation on the Amazon

Indigenous people – culture, traditions, way of life

RE What is it like to be a Sikh in Peterborough?

Special buildings – Why do believers worship together?

How can we build a more respectful Peterborough?

How are milestones in life celebrated in different religions?

RE – Christianity1) The Church and its people – Why do some people go to Church and others don’t?

Is Easter a festival of new life or sacrifice?

What can the stories and images of deities tell us about Hindu beliefs about God?

How and why do Hindu’s worship at home and at the Mandir in Peterborough?

PE DanceRugby/hockey DanceOutdoor games – rugby/hockey/football DanceRugby/hockey DanceOutdoor games – rugby/hockey/football
Art/DT Super chick DTMothers day watercolours

David Hockney portraits

Andy Galsworthy – chair for a country cousin

Incorporate bulbs into a model  – construction of a chair for the Iron Man (linked to Science)


Super chick DT

Construction – moving vehicles

Super chick DTCave Art

Van Gogh light

Making shadow puppets with a moving part

DrawingSuper chick DT

Birds – 3D and sheet material

New Curriculum Planner for KS2 Topics

                          A (even) from Sept 2014                                                  B (odd)
Term Curriculum area Y3/4 Y5/6 Y3/4 Y5/6
Summer Theme Anglo SaxonsHistory/Geography Focus The RomansHistory/Geography Focus The Stone AgeHistory Focus The Ancient GreeksHistory Focus
English Text types:Non fiction: Instructions, Recount of trip

Fiction: Beowolf (Classic Fiction)

Poetry: Kennings

Text types:Non fictions:  Argument?

Fiction: Pompeii – A Roman girls diary/Escape from Pompeii/Plinny’s letters

Shakespeare stories

Text types:Non fiction: Recount of trip

Fiction: Stone Age boy; Stone Age, Bone Age

Poetry: John Clare Poetry Competition

Text types:Non fiction: Biography of Alexander the Great/ project based learning

Fiction: Greek Myths and Legends

Percy Jackson

Poetry: John Clare Poetry competition

Science Forces (inc friction)Magnets and springs Properties and changes of materials Growing PlantsHelping Plants Grow Well


Earth and SpaceForces
Humanities The UK and its constituent partsSettlement and Map Skills

Anglo Saxons

(West Stow & Flag Fen Visit)

RomansVolcanoes and Earthquakes


The Stone Age Greeks – culture/civilisation/theatre
RE Islam – Why is prayer important to Muslims and not for some people?

What can Christian’s learn from the life of Jesus?

What can we learn from stories shared by Christians, Jews and Muslims?

How is creation explained in the stories and myths from around the world?

What is it like to be a Muslim in Peterborough today?

How do festivals of faith shape our year?

What influences the Jewish people?

What common threads link the religions texts of the 5 major religions?

PE SwimmingAthletics








Art/DT DT – making shieldsPattern/printing (linked to Islam)

Textiles – cross stitch

Rune alphabet



Watercolours – botanical printsPortraits – the face



Making summer sandwiches

Food technology – Greek TavernaDrawing


New Curriculum Planner for KS1 Cycle A

Cycle A

Long term plan

Autumn 1


Autumn 2 Spring 1 Spring 2 Summer 1 Summer 2
Busy Bodies

Funny Bones (Story&Song)

Usbourne Non-Fiction

Once Upon a Time…

Anthology Usbourne

Roald Dahl Revolting Rhymes

The true Story of the 3 Little Pigs (newspapers)

Toy Story


Ways into History ‘Toys and Games’

Mrs Armitage on Wheels

Water Worlds (Pirates)

Under the Sea Non-Fiction

Under the Sea Fiction (Tiddler, Whale& Snail, Sharing a Shell)

The Troll

Pirate Bed

Tim Ted & The Pirates

Treasure Island (simplified)



Y2 Unit 1: Stories with familiar settings Y1 Unit 3:Traditional  and fairy tales Y2 Unit 3: Different stories by the same author Y1 Unit 4: Stories about fantasy worlds


Y1 Unit 1: Labels, lists and captions Y2 Unit 1: Instructions Y1 Unit 3: Recount, dictionary Y2 Unit 2 Explanation Y1 Unit 4: Information texts


Y1 Unit 1: Using the senses Y2 Unit 3: Silly stuff Y1 Unit 2: Pattern and rhyme
Maths Block A A1 A2 A3
Block B B1 B2 B3
Block C C1 C2 C3
Block D D1 D2 D3
Block E E1 E2 E3
Science Animals including Humans. Everyday Materials Use of Everyday Materials Living things and Habitats
PSHE New beginnings Getting on and falling out Going for goals Good to be me Relationships Changes
RE Ourselves Festivals and celebrations Milestones in Family Life Friends, family and Community Special Books
Art Printmaking Space & form Texture (response to the environment)
D & T  Health & diet – cooking/ingredients Structures Mechanisms Textiles
History Toys (significant events from the past) Homes

Seaside Holidays (use sources of information)

Geography Maps, atlases and compasses Geographical similarities and differences (local area) Environmental change and sustainable development
PE Games


Gym Dance Gym Athletics Swimming


Music Singing songs, chants & rhymes (expressively and creatively) Listening, memory and movement Play tuned & untuned instruments musically
ICT Algorithms – Create & debug simple programs (floorbots) Present in a variety of forms – Excel Block Graphs PowerPoint

Research (Ongoing)

New Curriculum planner KS1 Cycle B

Cycle B

Long term plan

Autumn 1


Autumn 2 Spring 1 Spring 2 Summer 1 Summer 2
Furry Friends

Rumble in the Jungle

The Tiger who came to tea

Fantastic Mr Fox

Heroes and Villains

Hairy McLeary from Donaldsons Dairy Scarface Claw


The Twits

Gangster Granny

Peter Pan

Night – Time

The Owl who was afraid of the Dark

The Hodgeheg

Owl Babies


Here and There

Paddington Bear

Katie Morag Stories

Tin Tin



Y1 Unit 1: Stories with familiar settings Y2 Unit 2: Traditional  stories Y1 Unit 2:Stories from a range of cultures/ stories with predictable and patterned language Y2 Unit 4: Extended stories/significant authors


Y1 Unit 2: Instructions Y1 Unit 5: Recount (fact and fiction) Y2 Unit 3: Information texts Y2 Unit 4:Non-chronological reports


Y2 Unit 1: Patterns on the page Y2 Unit 2:Really looking Y1 Unit 3: Poems on a theme
Maths Block A A1 A2 A3
Block B B1 B2 B3
Block C C1 C2 C3
Block D D1 D2 D3
Block E E1 E2 E3
Science Animals including Humans Plants Experimenting
PSHE New beginnings Getting on and falling out Going for goals Good to be me Relationships Changes
RE Rules and choices The world around us The Life of Jesus Special places
Art Drawing – Line, mark-making, handwriting Colour – mixing (using watercolour paint boxes) Pattern & Shape Response to natural/manmade objects Response to artefacts/design forms
D & T Materials Explore and evaluate existing products (Global Gardens)
History Past events – Great Fire of London Lives of Significant People – Florence Nightingale and Edith Cavell
Geography Seasonal and daily weather patterns

(Seasons book)

Hot and cold areas of the world (North and South poles) Geographical similarities and differences (contrasting country)
PE Games


Gym Dance Gym Athletics Swimming


Music Singing songs, chants & rhymes (expressively and creatively) Listen & concentrate a range of live and recorded music.

Experiment, create & combine sounds.

Play tuned & untuned instruments musically
ICT Finding things out – research and data handling

Word Documents

Purposefully create, organise, store digital content

Ongoing Research