Mary Elton Primary School

Mary Elton Primary School

Foundation Subjects

At Mary Elton, we want to embed the knowledge children have learnt and we want them to know the next steps they can take. We want parents and carers to share this learning journey, so we have designed Knowledge Organisers to support our children. Our school vision offers our children opportunities, then supports challenge which enables independence. Our knowledge organisers use opportunity, challenge and independence to help parents consolidate and deepen learning. They also focus on age appropriate vocabulary. Most importantly we hope they can be a fun way for parents to learn together.

Geography

At Mary Elton our intent, when teaching geography, is to inspire in children a curiosity and fascination about the world and people within it; to promote the children’s interest and understanding of diverse places, people, resources and natural and human environments.

During their time at Mary Elton, starting with how we understand the world, our children encounter a wide range of geographical experiences.  Starting locally and moving to the world stage (utilising our links with Tanzania) we ensure they understand and are equipped to apply their skills in line with the 4 key areas of focus in the National Curriculum. This includes developing their skills to analyse data, confidently interpret and communicate geographical information and deepen their understanding of the interaction between physical and human geography. In order to achieve this, we ensure the progressive development of geographical concepts, knowledge and skills is forefront of our planning.

At Mary Elton, geography is designed to develop knowledge and skills that are transferable to other curriculum areas ranging from English to DT. We want children to enjoy and love learning about geography by utilising these knowledge and skills, not just through experiences in the classroom, but also with the use of local fieldwork. By the conclusion of their time at Mary Elton it is our aim is to ensure that children at our school are equipped with the geographical skills and knowledge that will enable them to be ready for the curriculum at Key Stage 3 and beyond.

By the time a pupil leaves Mary Elton Primary School in Year 6 they will have the following geographical knowledge:

  • The ability to recognise and identify key physical and human geographical features of the world.
    An understanding of the interaction between physical and human processes, and of the formation and use of landscapes and environments.
  • How the physical and human geography of the local and wider world connect to the decisions made by people in the community and world around them.
  • An understanding of geographical similarities and differences through the study of human and physical geography in the UK and beyond.
  • The ability to collect, analyze, and communicate a range of data.
  • Use fieldwork to observe, measure and record the human and physical features in the local area using a range of methods including the use of 6 figure grid references.

Yearly Curriculum Plan                                          Skills Ladder

Knowledge Organisers

Year 1

Me and Clevedon

Arctic

Year 2

Continents and Oceans

London and Clevedon

Year 3 

Clevedon in Victorian Times

Year 4

Chocolate

Extreme Earth

Year 5

Bruton and Clevedon

Coasts

Year 6

Rivers

History

At Mary Elton Primary School, we believe that high-quality history lessons inspire children to want to know more about the past and to think as historians. By linking learning to a range of topics, children have opportunities to investigate and interpret the past, understand chronology, build an overview of Britain’s past as well as that of the wider world, and to be able to communicate their ideas about historical events.

By the time a pupil from Mary Elton Primary School we want them to see themselves as competent historians who have:

  • An excellent knowledge and understanding of people, events and contexts from a range of historical periods.
  • The ability to think critically about history and communicate ideas.
  • The ability to evaluate and challenge their own and others’ views using historical evidence from a range of sources;
  • The ability to think, reflect, debate, discuss and evaluate the past.
  • A respect for historical evidence and the ability to make critical use of it to support their learning;
  • A sense of curiosity about the past and how and why people interpret the past in different ways.
  • Having provided our children with the following essential characteristics to help them become capable historians, they will be ready to move to the next phase of their historical learning.

Yearly Curriculum Plan                                          Skills Ladder

Knowledge Organisers

EYFS

Yearly History

Year 1

Castles

Year 2

Clevedon Court & Elton

Sitting Bull

Year 3 

Victorians

Stone Age

Year 4

Romans

Ancient Egypt

Year 5

WWII

Anglo-Saxons

Year 6

Vikings

Computing

At Mary Elton, we teach computing with the intention to equip our pupils to be able to participate in a rapidly changing world – a world which has been transformed by technology. Technology is everywhere and will play a pivotal part in our pupils' lives therefore, we want to model and educate our pupils on how to use technology positively, responsibly and safely. We want our pupils to be creators not consumers and our broad curriculum that encompasses the three main areas of the computing curriculum computer science (programming and understanding how digital systems work), information technology (using computer systems to store, retrieve and send information) and digital literacy (evaluating digital content and using technology safely and respectfully) reflects this. We offer structured lesson sequences across the year groups which cover the skills and knowledge required to meet the aims of the national curriculum. The content allows for a broad, deep understanding of computing and how it links to children's lives. It offers a range of opportunities for consolidation, challenge and variety which allows children to apply the fundamental principles and concepts of computer science. We also encourage staff to try and embed computing across the whole curriculum to make learning creative and accessible. At Mary Elton, each child will learn skills and knowledge across a variety of areas; computing systems and networks, creating media, data and information, e-Safety and programming.

By the time a pupil leaves Mary Elton Primary School in Year 6, as skillful computer scientists, they will be able to do the following:

  • Be MASTERS of technology and not slaves to it.
  • Understand that there is always a choice with using technology and to use it in a positive way.
  • Be fluent with a range of computing tools to best express their understanding.
  • Use technology to share their learning in creative ways.
  • Understand that computing consists of both ‘plugged’ and ‘unplugged’ opportunities.
  • Use computing as a vehicle to support learning across the curriculum whilst also extending and embedding learning.
  • Have the necessary knowledge and skills to support the decisions they make online.
  • Utlilise accessibility tools to support them in being confident and independent learners.
  • Have the independence and confidence to choose the best tool to fulfil the task and challenge set.
  • Be responsible, competent, confident and creative users of information technology.
  • Develop analytical problem-solving skills and learn to evaluate and apply information technology.

Yearly Curriculum Plan                                          Skills Ladder

Design and Technology

Design and Technology is an inspiring, rigorous and practical subject which provides pupils with a real life context for learning. Design and Technology encourages pupils to learn to think and intervene creatively to solve problems both as individuals and as members of a team. At Mary Elton, we encourage our pupils to use their creativity and imagination, to design and make products that solve real and relevant problems within a variety of contexts, considering their own and others’ needs, wants and values. Our Design and Technology teaching follows the design, make and evaluate cycle and we aim to, wherever possible, link the work to our curriculum topics in each year group. Pupils are given opportunities to reflect upon and evaluate past and present design technology, its uses and its effectiveness and are encouraged to become innovators and risk-takers.

By the time a pupil leaves Mary Elton Primary School in Year 6, they will be able to do the following:

  • Design and make a range of products.
  • Design and create products that consider function and purpose and which are relevant to a range of sectors (for example, home, school, leisure, culture, enterprise, industry and the wider environment).
  • Be inspired by engineers, designers, chefs and architects to enable them to create a range of structures, mechanisms, textiles, electrical systems and food products with a real like purpose.
  • Develop the creative, technical and practical expertise needed to perform everyday tasks confidently.
  • Participate successfully in an increasingly technological world.
  • Build and apply a repertoire of knowledge, understanding and skills in order to design and make high-quality prototypes and products for a wide range of users.
  • Critique, evaluate and test their ideas and products and the work of others.
  • Understand and apply the principles of nutrition and learn how to cook.
  • Be able to take risks and become resourceful, innovative, enterprising and capable citizens.
  • Through the evaluation of past and present design and technology, develop a critical understanding of its impact on daily life and the wider world.

Yearly Curriculum Plan                                          Skills Ladder

Knowledge Organisers

EYFS

Yearly DT

Year 1

Textiles: Fabric Faces

Mechanisms: Moving Pictures

Structures: Castles / Structures: Home for a 'Baddie'

Year 2

Textiles: Delightful Decorations

Mechanisms: Fire Engines

Cooking and Nutrition: Perfect Pizzas / Cooking and Nutrition: Fruit Salad

Structures: 1666 Houses

Year 3 

Textiles: Ugg's Trousers

Mechanisms: Pop up book

Structures: Bridges

Year 4

Cooking and Nutrition/Analyse, design, create and evaluate product packaging: Chocolate

Mechanisms: Pop up card

Electrical and Mechanical: Egyptian Alarm System

Making Models: Egyptian Sarcophagus

Structures: Earthquake Proof Buildings

Year 5

Textiles: Anglo Saxon Brooch

Mechanisms: Cams and Gears

Cooking and Nutrition: Anglo Saxon Pottage

Mouldable Materials: Anglo Saxon Vessel

Stiff and Flexible Sheet Materials: Shield

Year 6

Electrical and Mechanical: Battery Powered Light

Mouldable Materials: Greek Mask

Textiles: Christmas Decoration

Art and Design

Art is an essential form of human expression which embodies many different skills and opportunities for learning. At Mary Elton, each child will have practised drawing, painting, collage, printing, three dimensional and textile work. By the time a pupil leaves Mary Elton Primary School in Year 6, as artists, they will be able to do the following:

  • Respond to the work of famous artists, architects and designers both verbally and using various media to produce their own work in similar styles.
  • Develop their own work as it progresses, making modifications and questioning their approach.
  • Make direct observational art work in a variety of media from different viewpoints.
  • Collect visual information to develop their ideas.
  • Transfer their ideas into other media to create their work in a variety of ways.
  • Understand how line, colour, pattern, texture and tone contribute to art work.
  • Recognise the work of famous artists and understand their place in history and culture.
  • Use ideas from different cultures to inspire their own work.
  • Understand a variety of processes for creating art work.
  • Appreciate the value of art as a way of expressing or experiencing emotion.

Yearly Curriculum Plan                                          Skills Ladder

Music

Music is a valuable form of creative expression. At Mary Elton Primary, we ensure all children are given the opportunity to listen and appraise music, create their own music and perform music. By the end of Year 6 at Mary Elton, as musicians, our pupils will be able to do the following:

  • Appreciate a variety of different styles of music; discuss and express their opinions with confidence.
  • Understand the historical context of various different genres of music and key composers and musicians.
  • Recognise a variety of instruments and their contribution to different genres of music.
  • Have experience of playing from musical notation and recognise different aspects of musical notation.
  • Understand the interrelated dimensions of music such as pitch, rhythm, dynamics, pulse, tempo, timbre, structure, texture and notation.
  • Develop their own ideas musically using the interrelated dimensions of music.
  • Appreciate the musical potential of the human voice.
  • Perform music with others.
  • Compose their own musical pieces in a variety of styles and evaluate these.
  • Understand the potential for music to express emotion and enhance our wellbeing.

Yearly Curriculum Plan                                          KS1 Progression / KS2 Progression

Knowledge Organisers

Year 1

Year 2

Year 3

Year 4

Year 5

Year 6

Religious Education

At Mary Elton, Religious Education (RE) is taught in accordance with the North Somerset agreed syllabus ‘Awareness, Mystery and Value’ (AMV). We use the enquiry based approach of ‘Discovery RE’ to support its delivery and lessons may be blocked or taught discretely. Aims and objectives for RE are embedded in the individual teaching units or ‘enquires’ and consistently reinforce the learning outcomes necessary for each Key Stage. Assessment activities are child friendly yet carefully designed to assess an individual’s knowledge and understanding of the particular enquiry’s subject matter, their ability to personally reflect and their skills of evaluation/critical thinking.

Through our RE teaching, we ensure that children are provided with a balanced coverage of religions and beliefs and therefore equipped for life in a multi-cultural world. RE at Mary Elton actively underpins fundamental British values and is intended to play a significant role in developing each child’s spiritual, moral and cultural development whilst valuing an individual’s own beliefs.

Wherever possible, RE at Mary Elton is related to the life experiences of the pupils. We actively promote a classroom ethos where all children’s opinions are encouraged and valued and a teaching environment which gives children space to reflect for themselves, share, question, and empathise.

By the end of Y6, a pupil who is religiously aware at Mary Elton will be able to do the following:

  • Gain a deep knowledge and understanding of the teachings, values, practices and life stories expressed in a variety of ways within Christianity and other principal religions and world views
  • Build up a coherent picture of the teachings, values, practices and life stories expressed in a variety of ways within Christianity and other principal religions and world views
  • Champion and promote the skills of empathy, tolerance and understanding in order to challenge prejudice and become prepared for adult life, employment and life-long learning
  • Reflect on and ask questions about some of the more challenging or mysterious aspects of human experience and refer to knowledge gained in order to offer some possible explanations from a religious or belief-based perspective
  • Learn both ‘about’ and ‘from’ religious traditions
  • Reflect on their own beliefs and values in order to compare and contrast them with others and to develop mutual respect
  • Demonstrate appropriately articulated curiosity about people of faith and commitment who have changed individual lives, society and culture
  • Communicate about sacred texts and other sources and consider their meanings.
  • Use appropriate religious terminology in context
  • Respond in a variety of ways to religious expression in the form of imagery, stories, art, music and dance
  • Participate in moments of quiet reflection
  • Make links between their own lives and those of others in their community and the wider world
  • Understand how other people choose to live and to understand why they choose to live in that way
  • Develop a clear sense of what is of real value in the world today.
  • Reflect on their own beliefs and values in the light of their learning, and as a result, grow in respect for themselves and others
  • Imagine and contribute to the creation of a better world for all
  • Make connections between different aspects of religion, begin to recognise the diversity that exists and understand the importance of dialogue between them

Yearly Curriculum Plan                                          Progression

Science

At Mary Elton we aim to give all children a strong understanding of the world around them whilst acquiring specific skills and knowledge to help them to think scientifically, to gain an understanding of scientific processes and also an understanding of the uses and implications of Science, today and for the future.

By the time a pupil leaves Mary Elton Primary School in Year 6, as scientists, they will be able to do the following:

  • Ask and answer questions confidently
  • Understand and apply subject specific vocabulary
  • Retain and build on knowledge that is pertinent to Science with a real life context
  • Question ideas and reflect on knowledge
  • Work collaboratively and practically to investigate and experiment
  • Recognise the work of key scientists and understand their importance in scientific history and development
  • Explain the process they have taken and be able to reason scientifically
  • Review their own work and talk about how they can improve it
  • Develop scientific skills, confidence and knowledge
  • Achieve age related expectations.

  Yearly Curriculum Plan                  EYFS/KS1 Progression / KS2 Progression

PE

At Mary Elton, our aim is to provide an enriched PE curriculum that encourages our children to flourish in a variety of physical activities and sports which is essential in their physical, social and mental development. All children will benefit whether enhancing existing skills, learning new skill or being introduced to new sports, clubs, teams and organisations.

At Mary Elton our children will have opportunity to compete in competitive sports and activities in our inter- house sports competitions; as well as competitions with other schools that build character and help embed our school values of Ready, Respectful and Safe and the 5 C’s. Our children will have the opportunity to experience a wide range of physical activities and sports through sporting day trips and sporting experts coming in to share their knowledge and teach lessons. Our intent is to ensure our children understand the importance of having a healthy lifestyle and the need for good nutrition; this is taught through our cross- curriculum of Science, PSHE and our Healthy Eating Trail.

By the time a pupil leaves Mary Elton Primary School in Year 6, they will have had opportunities to have:  

  • Experienced a wide variety of Physical Education and sports through our PE curriculum and sporting days.
  • Built character to help them embed values such as fairness and respect.
  • Be physically confident in a way which supports their health and fitness
  • Taken part in inter – house competitions and competitions with other schools
  • Completed Bikeability Level 1 and 2
  • Swimming lessons and be able to swim a minimum of 25 metres, perform safe self-rescued in different situations and use a range of stroke
  • Attended sporting activity day trips
  • Knowledge of the importance of healthy lifestyle and importance of nutrition.
  • Completed the Healthy Eating Trail
  • Learn from sporting experts coming in, sharing their knowledge, experiences and taking lessons
  • Had options to attend a wide range of after-school clubs
  • Knowledge of the importance of living active lives.

Yearly Curriculum Plan                  Progression

Knowledge Organisers

EYFS

Year 1

Year 2

Year 3

Year 4

Year 5

Year 6

PHSE (Jigsaw)

At Mary Elton Primary School, Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education (PSHE) enables our children to become healthy, independent and responsible members of society. The intent of our PSHE curriculum is to be accessible to all and maximise the outcomes for every child so that they know more, remember more and understand more. It aims to help children understand how they are developing personally and socially, and tackles many of the moral, social and cultural issues that are part of growing up. We provide our children with opportunities to learn about rights and responsibilities and appreciate what it means to be a member of a diverse society. Our children are encouraged to develop their sense of self-worth by playing a positive role in contributing to school life and the wider community. We have a PSHE curriculum that incorporates the teaching of RSE (Relationships and Sex Education), thus enabling pupils to explore the complexity of the relationships they have now and to know how to be safe, preparing them to understand and develop healthy relationships in their future lives. Safeguarding is a key element of our PSHE curriculum, as pupils learn about their own identity, risks, decision-making and how to keep themselves safe, both mentally and physically.

PSHE is taught across the school from EYFS to Year 6 on a weekly basis, following the Jigsaw PSHE scheme. Our PSHE curriculum equips children with relevant and meaningful content, which is supported through a strong emphasis on emotional literacy, building resilience and nurturing mental and physical health. By the time a pupil leaves Mary Elton Primary School in Year 6, they will have experience in the following:

  • Developing self-confidence and self-esteem
  • Communicating their feelings
  • Building resilience
  • Emotional literacy
  • The importance of maintaining mental and physical health
  • Developing healthy and positive relationships
  • Playing a positive role in school and the wider community
  • Understanding the diverse world around us
  • Developing tolerance
  • Mindfulness

Yearly Curriculum Plan                  Skills Ladder

Knowledge Organisers

EYFS

Year 1

Year 2

Year 3

Year 4

Year 5

Year 6

French

At Mary Elton our Community and Values based Curriculum embraces the importance of developing an interest and curiosity of other cultures. We want our children to see learning a Modern Foreign Language as a natural extension of this. We see learning a language as the gateway and vehicle to this end. We teach French, as it a language that is spoken across the globe and enables our children to celebrate and welcome differences in our world. We have links with Reunion Island and intend to build on this opportunity to broaden our teaching of French and Francophone cultures, in the French speaking world.

We want our children to be able to read and communicate verbally and in written form in French, using a variety of sources and cultural relevant resources. We sequence language knowledge and skills via a coherent scheme, so children can build on previous learning and so build accuracy and fluency. We have ensured it also supports pronunciation and intonation. We help children grow in confidence through teaching new vocabulary and grammatical structures, alongside lots of reinforcement. So enabling them to widen their opportunities to communicate in ways and on things that interest them.

We create possibilities for our pupils, to also communicate with children from the French speaking world and celebrate important events and activities. This is done to give French agency, by providing different audiences and so inspire a love of language as part of their lifelong journey of learning in being a Global Citizen. This allows us to provide cross-curricular opportunities, with which to provide quality speaking, writing and reading opportunities that extend our children’s skills and knowledge. This in turn supports our intention to create new ways of thinking, which promotes questioning and discussion. We want our children to access great French literature and so have a French library. Finally, we want our curriculum to inspire our children to see learning one language and discovering its diverse culture capital, as a stepping stone to learning others and engaging as a Global Citizen.

By the time a pupil leaves Mary Elton Primary School in Year 6, as French speakers, they will be able to do the following:

  • Talk about themselves and their interests
  • Ask simple questions verbally
  • Respond verbally to simple questions using extended sentences 
  • Have a working bank of common vocabulary and phrases
  • Sing some songs in French
  • Translate simple sentences and use a bi-lingual dictionary to support this
  • Write simple sentences and use a bi-lingual dictionary to support this
  • Pronounce French words correctly
  • Have an understanding of French grammar and how it differs from English
  • Have an understanding of French culture and life and that in some other Francophone countries
  • Have an interest in other languages and understand how they can be empowering

Yearly Curriculum Plan                 Skills Ladder