ERCPS Curriculum Statement
At Exeter Road we have adopted a whole school thematic approach to the curriculum. Teachers carefully select themes that include opportunities for learning across the subjects in the National Curriculum. These themes may link to worldwide events, such as the Olympics and the World War One centenary, or might be based locally, using our community and local environment as a learning resource. We ensure that the curriculum we offer the children is broad and balanced, based on skills and knowledge, and full of fun learning experiences that will enthuse and motivate.
Each theme incorporates different curriculum areas. Teachers plan together to provide exciting opportunities for the children to learn, giving them the knowledge, ideas, vocabulary and the motivation to write. Through a hands-on experiential approach, we encourage our children to be more independent in their learning and to find things out for themselves. We promote a Growth Mindset in children encouraging them to be resilient, not to give up when they face difficulties in their learning, to learn from their mistakes and from each other.
Children begin each theme or each part of a theme with an exciting experience to enthuse them, to hook them, to capture their imagination. It might be a workshop, a visitor, a trip or perhaps another activity such as our whole school balloon launch. The aim of these experiences is not only to enrich our curriculum, enthusing children, it is also to provide a stimulus for writing. Our themes allow us to provide exciting opportunities for the children to learn, giving them the knowledge, ideas, vocabulary and motivation to write. Once we have children’s enthusiasm and have provided them with first-hand experiences from which they can write we then use good quality “Texts That Teach” as models for writing in different styles or genres and “Talk for Writing” techniques to engage children further in their writing.
Whole School Themes for 2017 – 2018
Autumn Term 2017: The Vikings Are Coming!
In this exciting history based theme, we had several Viking dressing up days. We started the theme by welcoming a Viking to the school, who gave the children a comprehensive introduction to the Vikings. Children took part in role play activities linked to events in Viking history, handled artefacts, played Viking games, took part in a trading activity with other classes, learnt about Viking weapons and participated in a mock battle. Later on in the term, children role played being Vikings in a long boat which appeared in the school hall overnight. The theme ended with……(no spoiler!)
Spring Term 2018: An Ever Changing World
Summer Term 2018:
Previous Whole School Themes for 2014 – 2017
Autumn Term 2016: Awesome Authors & A Light in the Darkness
During the first half of the autumn term, our focus was on authors and promoting a love of reading and books. Each class teacher selected an author to study. Children read a range of the author’s work and responded to it in their own writing.
The second half of term had the theme of ‘A Light in the Darkness’. This theme had an RE and British Values focus, beginning with Diwali and how Hindus celebrate their festival of light, and ending with Christmas and the nativity story.
Spring Term 2017: Take One Picture
This was an art and history based theme where classes studied pictures representing an aspect of Victorian life. Children had a Victorian visitor who taught them about Brunel, led interactive workshops about life in the workhouse and told stories linked to Victorian fairgrounds. Later in the term, KS1 children had a Punch and Judy show to stimulate writing about Victorian holidays and KS2 children visited either Morwellham Quay or Coldharbour Mill. Fantastic experiences for the children, which really engaged them in this theme, leading to superb pieces of artwork and writing!
Summer Term 2017: Powerful Earth
This geography and science-based theme included a Volcano Day where classes made and erupted volcanoes in the playground and a Glacier Day where children contributed icy items they had frozen at home to a whole school ice sculpture which they then observed over the day.
Spring Term 2016: Flash! Bang! Whizz!
In this theme, we focused on science, art and design technology. We started the theme by having a Mini-Motor Show to initiate discussions about how vehicles work. Classes focused on inventions and how machines work. Later in the term we looked at and created kinetic art.
Summer 2016: Mermaids, Monsters and Minotaurs
In this theme, we focused on myths and legends. Our KS2 classes studied the Romans and the Greeks. The Greek theme started with an engaging and informative performance of “The Adventures of Perseus”, by Multi Story Theatre Group. After half term, our attention moved towards the Roman Empire and its impact on Britain. Each class in KS2 had a Roman dressing up day where they role-played being part of a local tribe. A Roman visitor from Exeter brought real and replica Roman objects which the children were able to study and find out more information about. The day ended with training as a Roman soldier in the turtle information and an exciting mock-battle.
Autumn Term 2015: Around The World In 80 Days
This was a geography based theme. Each class studied a country which was involved in the Rugby World Cup. The theme started with an exciting balloon launch where children said goodbye to Phileas Dogg who then spent the term travelling around the world, communicating with the children regularly through his blogs. Children were thrilled to welcome him back to school, when he arrived back by car, at the end of the theme. Children learnt about the different places Phileas Dogg visited in his blog and were Each class showcased their learning to the school and parents through their class assembly.
Summer 2015: Fantastic Physical Feats
This science based theme focused upon record breakers, healthy lifestyles, sports, diet and the human body. Children tried new sporting activities such as yoga and learnt about first aid from St John’s Ambulance. They visited Tesco to find out about healthy foods and The Olympic Swimmer, Anthony James, visited the school for a fundraising event for Sports for Schools.
Children in KS2 also had an Iron Age Week with a visit from storyteller, Steve Manning, and an Iron Age day at forest school.
Spring Term 2015: Tell Me A Story
In this theme we focused upon storytelling and the love of reading. Storytellers visited the school and worked with the children during the first half of the term and in the second half of the term, children participated in dance workshops linked to a story with the dance group, “West End In Schools”. Throughout the term, each class studied the works of one author, producing work based upon this author and their writing. There were opportunities to visit Exmouth Library and for parents and members of the local community to read to and with the children.
Autumn Term 2014: Time Machine
The focus of this theme was local family history and memories over last 100 years. World War One and Remembrance formed part of the work covered. “Entertainingly Different”, a local theatre group, started this theme with a World War One show and drama workshops. Trips were organised to “Fleet Air Arm Museum” to find out more about history over the last 100 years. We also had a “Poppy Picnic” to raise money for the Royal British Legion.
For further information on the objectives covered, please see the National Curriculum: https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/national-curriculum