New Primary Curriculum

The Government have released a New National Curriculum which is to be implemented from September 2014. The national curriculum provides pupils with an introduction to the essential knowledge that they need to be educated citizens. It introduces pupils to the best that has been thought and said; and helps engender an appreciation of human creativity and achievement.

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Please find below the Curriculum Maps that our teachers have planned for the 2018-19 Academic Year:

The LaunchPad (SSC) 2018 – 2019 Autumn Curriculum Mapping:


Maidenbower Junior’s Long Term Topic Plan for 2018 / 19

Year 3Autumn 1Autumn 2Spring 1Spring 2Summer 1Summer 2
Community and
National Links
STEM/Maths/IT/DT projectsOn-line Safety Day

School Open Evening
WORDFESTArts council
Where our Wellies Take Us'Dem bones!'
Christmas is coming
Where do we come from?The wonderful World of Roald DahlWhat did the Romans do for us?How do we grow?
Learning FocusGeography:
Making and using maps
A comparative study of Crawley and Brighton

Skeletons;:Nutrition and Diet

Stone Age to Iron Age
Rocks and fossils
The Romans.
Enterprise challenge - creating a class museum
Flowering plants
Learning Challenge Curriculum questions (suggested)LC1 Can you think of six places in Crawley/Brighton that you would want to show off to a visitor?
LC2 What is so fascinating about…and why is it so important to the people of…..
Why and how did Brighton/Crawley become a popular place?
How has Brighton benefitted being so close to London/Crawley?
How can you capture some of Brighton’s/Crawley’s special places in art?
Which famous people are from Brighton/Crawley?
LC7 Reflection: How would you go about attracting people to Brighton/Crawley?
GDS opportunities:
Can they put together an itinerary for a visit?
Can they create a presentation to encourage visitors?
Can they work out travel arrangements using different modes of transport?

Rich TextsWhere my Wellies Take Me,
Coming to Britain
Stone Age BoyRoald Dahl textsMyths and fablesTin Forest
Enterprise ProjectChildren create an efficient Postal Service at Christmas by visiting the Crawley Post Office and/or inviting PO workers to help plan it.Brilliant Books: Children review an exciting new book range to promote reading – links to displays at Crawley WordfestChildren create a museum, become curators and give tours to Year 2 children and their own parents
(Invite curators in to school to provide information and careers)
Going Green Debate:
Children work to raise awareness of green issues within school (Can we be a ‘no-go for plastic’ zone?)
Year 4Autumn 1Autumn 2Spring 1Spring 2Summer 1Summer 2
Community and
National Links
STEM/Maths/IT/DT projectsOn-line Safety Day

School Open Evening
WORDFESTArts council
What's out there?How does it work?Where do we come from?Shall we go on an adventure?
Learning FocusScience:
Space and forces
Art and D&T
Anglo Saxons
Habitats and Life Cycles of Animals
Awareness of green issues
Learning Challenge Curriculum questions (suggested)LC1 Could we describe the Earth and Sun as space cousins?
LC2 If the Earth and Sun are cousins, is the moon a young nephew?
LC3 Can you explain why we have day and night?
LC4 How can we appreciate the distances between and the sizes of the moon, earth and sun?
LC5 What can we learn about the solar system and the other planets in it?
LC6 Who was Neil Armstrong and what would you ask him if you met him?
LC7 How could you create a moon surface and moon buggy?
LC8 Reflection: Could you create a simulated moon landing and film it?
GDS opportunities:
Can they compare the time of day at different places on earth?
Can they create shadow clocks?
Can they begin to understand how older civilisations used the sun to create astronomical clocks? Why may some people think Stonehenge was a clock?
Can they explore the works of some scientists? (Ptolemy,Alhazen,Copernicus)
Rich TextsThe Blue Planet
Professor Astrocat and Cosmic Disco
The Invention of Hugo CabaretBeowulf (Links to Lewes Castle and residential)Non-fiction Sutton Hoo focusFirst to the top, Holes.Hansel and Gretel, and The Great Kapok Tree
Enterprise ProjectBoeing workshop on forces
(Exploring the world of work and incorporating maths)
Gallery Opening:
Children create an exhibition of art for Open Day
Trash to Treasure: Children explore environmentalism by designing their own eco-toy and presenting to a panel of judges.
Year 5Autumn 1Autumn 2Spring 1Spring 2Summer 1Summer 2
Community and
National Links
STEM/Maths/IT/DT projectsOn-line Safety Day

School Open Evening
WORDFESTArts council
How would YOU survive?Wizards V ScientistsWhere do we come from?Should we believe everything we read?How can we help the environment?What happens inside us?
Learning FocusGeography:
Human and physical geography of a region in North America
Chemical reactions
Properties and changes of materials
A study of Ancient Egypt
How can we rediscover the wonders of Ancient Egypt?
How can we rediscover the wonders of Ancient Egypt?
(Baghdad in the Golden Age)
A study of Islamic traditions (mosque visit)
Becoming journalists
Environmental issues
Shadows and light evaporation and condensation in the water cycle
Geography - rivers, mountains, volcanoes and earthquakes, and the water cycle
Human body - ageing, including puberty and digestive system in humans
Learning Challenge Curriculum questions (suggested)How can we rediscover the wonders of Ancient Egypt?
LC1 Where is Egypt and why do so many people enjoy going on holiday there?
LC2 What is an archaeologist and how have they helped us find out about the past?
LC3 How can you recreate the wonder of the pyramids?
LC4 What have we learnt from the Ancient Egyptians
LC5 Who were the Pharoahs and why were they so important?
LC6 What would you ask an Ancient Egyptian?
LC7 Reflection: Were the ancient Egyptians more advanced than we are?
GDS opportunities:
Can they create timelines which outline specific features such as medicine, weaponry, transport etc?
Do they appreciate how plagues and other major events have created huge differences to the way medicines and health care was looked at?
Rich TextsHarry PotterMysteries of the NileArabian Nights
Enterprise ProjectGallery Opening:
Children create an exhibition of art for Open Day
Becoming Egyptologists
Working with the Horsham Egyptologists
Children to work as journalists to create own news journal for parents and children or radio station Going Green:
Children work with Crawley community and Voluntary Services to raise awareness of green issues within school (Can we be a no-go for plastic zone?)
Invites to a range of businesses to come and talk about possible careers from which the children write their own autobiography
Year 6Autumn 1Autumn 2Spring 1Spring 2Summer 1Summer 2
Community and
National Links
STEM/Maths/IT/DT projectsOn-line Safety Day

School Open Evening
WORDFESTArts council
How do we see things?Where do we come from?War - What is it good for?War - What is it good for?Are you clever enough to survice Ancient Greece?
Learning FocusScience:
Light and Electricity
Evolution and inheritance
Local History:
Crawley new town

Ancient Greece
Learning Challenge Curriculum questions (suggested)LC1 How do we know that light travels faster than sound?
LC2 How can you set up an experiment to prove that light travels in straight lines?
LC3 How do your eyes work?
LC4 How can you use mirrors to see around corners?
LC5 Spend a small time blindfolded and see how successful you are at doing everyday things you take for granted.
LC7 Can you create a shadow puppet story and present it to others?
LC8 Reflection: Can you prepare a documentary which shows what you have learnt in this topic?
Can they make a prediction which links with other scientific knowledge?
Can they identify the key factors when planning a fair test?
Can they explain how a scientist has used their scientific understanding pus good ideas to have a breakthrough?
Can they use the ray model to explain the size of shadows?
Rich TextsCoralinePig Heart BoyVariety of texts - fiction and non-fictionNon fiction and Myths
Enterprise Project and Community Links.School of design:
Children take part in building an Electric car with support and help of Thales
Gallery Opening:
Children create an exhibition for Open Day
Children to explore Crawley Museum and discover local history.A Day in Politics:
Children to visit the Town Hall and councillors to learn about politics and democracy and set up the need to vote

The Curriculum at Maidenbower Junior School

Curriculum at Maidenbower junior school banner

The Curriculum at Maidenbower Junior School gives children opportunities to learn, build on and develop new skills. Children are exposed to a range of subjects and activities that allow them to experience different topics and learning styles. Your child will be able to experience a breadth of learning together with our ‘Global Citizenship’, ‘Open Futures’ and Forest schools initiatives.

Think of the curriculum as a forecast of possibilities within an arena of opportunities.

Carla Rinaldi (Professor and educationalist)


Global Citizenship is a whole school engagement with the world. It is not an additional subject, it is our ethos, starting in a small way with Learning Partners and the development of values, rights and responsibilities then moving through all aspects of the curriculum to highlight social justice, enterprise, the appreciation of diversity and the importance of sustainable development.

You have to take enough time to get kids deeply involved in something they can think about in lots of different ways

Howard Gardner (Psychologist)


‘Open Futures’ is a questioning approach to learning, embedding life skills such as ‘Grow It’, ‘Cook It’ and ‘Film It’ and linking to our fantastic outdoor classroom facilities and grounds.

We are part of a locality initiative to promote the use of woodland and forests and as such we are a ‘Forest school.’ The key objectives encourage curiosity, exploration and cooperation and perfectly enhance key thinking and life skills as developed through the ethos of Global Citizenship and Open Futures.

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