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Our Curriculum

The Curriculum at Burton upon Stather Primary School is appropriate to the needs of the children and covers all the requirements made upon the school in terms of the Foundation Stage Curriculum and National Curriculum. As a school we use Cornerstones as the basis for our topic based learning.


In the Foundation Year all curriculum activities are planned using the curriculum guidance for the Foundation Stage. This curriculum is divided into six areas of learning; Personal, Social and Emotional Development, Communication, Language and Literacy, Mathematical Development, Knowledge and Understanding of the World, Creative Development and Physical Development.


Our phonics learning is synthetic phonics based and we follow the Jolly Phonics Scheme leading on to Letters and Sounds.


Our Reception and KS1 reading scheme is The Oxford Reading Tree and Project X Reading Scheme.


Subject content at KS1 and KS2 will include that laid down in law for: English, Mathematics, Science, Design Technology, Computing, History, Geography, Art & Design, Music, PE and a Modern Foreign Language - French (KS2). The Religious Education taught is as laid down in the County Syllabus.


Other dimensions and themes covered will include: Personal, Social, Citizenship and Health Education (including Drugs Education), Road Safety, Sex Education and Global Awareness. The curriculum is therefore essentially broad, in that it does not only fulfil the requirements of the whole Foundation and 2014 National Curriculum but also meets the particular needs of the children we teach. The curriculum is balanced so as to equip them for the skills they need for life, work, leisure and social responsibility in the world as children and future adults.


In reaching this target for breadth, depth of understanding is not sacrificed. Where appropriate, extended time is given to skills and concepts which are most essential to our pupils. A quality product in terms of delivery, work and achievement is the target. To this aim sufficient time is given so that pupils can produce the quality required.



 EYFS Topics



Autumn Term

Do you want to be friends

Do you want to be friends? Would you like to play with me? Explore these questions and more in this project about friendship, being kind and working together.



Why do squirrels hide their nuts?



Why do squirrels hide their nuts? Why do hedgehogs hibernate? Explore these questions and more in this project about seasonal change in the natural world during late autumn and winter.




Spring Term


What’s that sound?



What’s that sound? Do you like things to be loud or quiet? Explore these questions and more in this project about familiar and unfamiliar sounds and music.


Do cows drink milk?


Do cows drink milk? Do hens lay square eggs? Explore these questions and more about life on the far and the animals that live there.


Summer Term


What is a reflection?


Why can i see myself in a puddle? Are a butterfly’s wings the same? Explore these questions and more in this project about reflections and symmetry.



Who lives in a rockpool?


Which creatures live on the seashore? Why do crabs have shells? Explore these questions and more in this project about the seashore and the plants and animals that live there.


 Year 1 Topics






Autumn Term


Paws, Claws and Whiskers

(Art and Design focus)


Soft fur, sharp claws and twitching whiskers… What’s your favourite animal? One that meows? One that barks? Or maybe one that scurries or slithers?

From pets at home to animals in the zoo, let’s find out what animals like to eat and where they sleep. Do you know how to look after a cat? A rabbit? Or even a snake?


Dinosaur Planet

(History focus)


Stomp, crash, RRRAH! Watch out everyone- the dinosaurs are on the prowl!

They’re rampaging across the dusty earth, swishing their enormous tails ad baring their fearsome teeth…

Let’s explore dinosaur planet! Imagine you’re a palaeontologist (that’s a scientist who studies bones and fossils). Dig deep and discover dazzling dinosaur facts.






Spring Term



(Computing focus)


KERPOW! Intergalactic greetings, young heroes. It’s time to rescue the planet from evil villains!

Who’s your favourite superhero? Spider-Man? Wonder Woman? Maybe your heroes are ordinary people who’ve achieved great things. Or is it those people who save lives in our emergency services that you admire the most?



The Enchanted Woodland

(Science focus)


If you go down to the woods today you’re sure of a BIG surprise!

Foxes and badgers, voles and mice, beady-eyed owls in the swaying tree tops. Beneath the leaves are tiny footprints… animal or imp? You decide!








Summer Term


Moon Zoom

(Design and Technology focus)


CRASH! What’s that in the playground? Let’s go outside and take a look. Stand back everyone – it looks like a UFO has crash-landed!

Find out who might have landed by exploring the craft and investigating scattered scientific specimens. Create a ‘Welcome to Earth’ box for an alien explorer. What can you put in it to help explain what life is like on our planet?


Bright Lights, Big City

(Geography focus)


Put on your best outfit because you’re invited to have tea with the Queen. Use your best manners and comb your hair, as one will not be amused of you don’t!

What do you know about England’s capital city? Let’s find out all about London, including its history, transport and famous landmarks.



Year 2 Topics 






Autumn Term


Muck, Mess and Mixtures

(Art and Design focus)


Let’s get messy! Muck and mess is good! In fact, it’s mega-marvellous!

Dive in and get your hands and feet all sticky and covered in paint. Play with liquids, squish some dough and check out the slushiest and mushiest foods.

Pour, mix, stir splat! How does it feel to get your hands covered in goo?

Don’t worry about the mess…it’ll always wash!



Wriggle and Crawl

(Science focus)


Grab your cot and pooter- we’re going out and about on a minibeast hunt!

Sweep your nets in puddles and ponds and lift up logs to see who’s home.

Learn about bees and worms and butterflies too. Carry out investigations to find out more, like how far a snail travels in a day and how a spider catches its prey.

On your belly, legs at the ready, it’s time to wriggle and crawl!






Spring Term


Towers, Tunnels and Turrets

(DT focus)


See the castle ahead? Get ready to invade its mighty walls! Shoot a projectile with an archer’s aim! Head across the drawbridge, over the moat and up to the top of the tower.

Then dig deep, deep down making burrows and tunnels just like the animals who live underground.

Finally meet the three little pigs who needs your help to build a strong fortress.

No huffing and puffing will blow your fortress down!


The Scented Garden

(Science focus)


Tiptoe through the tulips as your senses discover the blooming foliage and enchanting fragrances of flowers and herbs. Round and round the mulberry bush we go, planting bulbs and seeds, and then watch them grow beneath sunshine and showers.

Explore the astounding world of the scented garden, but be careful, there are some wild and dangerous plants out there that do astonishing things- just don’t touch!

Everything is coming up roses! Why not grow your own?







Summer Term


Street Detectives

(History focus)


This way or that way? Where should we go? Up to the local shops or down to the playing fields? Let’s learn about our local community, looking at houses old and new and finding out how our streets have changed since our mums and dads were young.

Ready to roll, Street Detectives? Get your clipboards and cameras….it’s time to start investigating!


Land Ahoy!

(Geography focus)


Yo-ho-ho and a bottle of rum! hearties,- it’s a sailor’s life for me!

Get your sea legs on, it’s time to sail the salty seas. Navigate, investigate and explore the world- just like Captain Cook.

Make a boat, sink a ship, fly a pirate flag!

Thar’s land ahead, me buckos! Let’s get t’ship t’port.


 Year 3 Topics 






Autumn Term



(Geography focus)


Overwhelming and mighty, Mother Nature’s awesome energies hiss and roar deep within the Earth. Discover the dangerous and ferocious world of natural disasters and glimpse their savage and deadly effects. Visit the ancient city of historic Pompeii, frozen in time, then create your own blistering explosions from model volcanoes that fire foamy lava. Discover the properties of rocks shaped by the Earth’s breath-taking power.


Tribal Tales

(History focus)


Head back to prehistoric times to learn how the people of Britain developed over thousands of years from the Stone Age to the Roman invasion.


What Tribal tales will you have to tell?






Spring Term


Full term unit: Mighty Steel (linked to Scunthorpe Steel)

(Science and Geography focus)


Make a map of your home town and find out how it has changed over time. What impact has the Steel Works had? Has it changed the town for the better?

Explore the scientific world of forces and magnetism, metals and materials. Expand your mind as you test, trial and build.







Summer Term


Gods and Mortals

(History focus)

Discover a fantastical world of mythical creatures and legendary heroes. Poseidon, Apollo, Artemis and Zeus reign almighty from Mount Olympus, watching mere mortals on dusty Athenian streets.

Explore the terrains of Greece, where in pure blue skies, the sun scorches waxen wings and melts the fortunes of Icarus and Daedalus.

Then decide your own fate, when a mysterious box is found and stirs your curious mind.



(DT focus)

Tuck in and enjoy a yummy journey of discovery, tasting fantastic fruits, venerable vegetables and tantalizing treats. Work up an appetite with delicious stories about food and then get busy in the kitchen making tasty dishes from across the world and discover how good food makes you strong.

And here’s food for thought – if you are what you eat… what does that make YOU?




Year 4 Topics






Autumn Term

Traders and Raiders

(History focus)


Sail back to the Dark ages, where battles were rife and fear reigned. Find out about the life of the Saxons, including how they lived and where they came from. Meet the bloodthirsty Vikings from Scandinavia – never before has such a terror swept the land. Choose to be a Saxon or a Viking and trade your crafty goods. But let’s keep it cool – we don’t want a fight breaking out!

Are you ready to shine a light on the dangerous and deadly Dark Ages…?

I am Warrior!

(History focus)


I am warrior! I am strong, brave and powerful. Meet me in battle. Draw your sword, wield your axe and challenge me if you dare! Invade and attack, Romans versus the Celts, the fight is on…


Discover warring Britain: meet Claudius, Boudicca and Julius Caesar, and find out what the Romans did for us.








Spring Term

Misty Mountain Sierra

(Geography focus)


Mighty mountains peak above the morning mist, imposing and eternal, rocky outcrops at their feet. Discover how these giants are formed, as a fold or a block, a dome or a plateau. Follow the water cycle’s course from the peak to the valley and meet the exceptional tribes of the hostile Himalayas.


Burps, Bottoms and Bile

(Science focus)


Open wide – let’s take a look inside! We’re on a voyage of discovery to investigate the busy world inside your body!

Follow a tasty morsel as it makes its way through your digestive system, helped by some mouth-watering saliva!


Learn how to look after this marvellous belching, squelching, mixture-making machine we call our body!






Summer Term

Road Trip USA!

(Geography focus)


Flying from London Gatwick, and landing at JFK airport New York, it’s time to explore the sights and sounds of the Big Apple. Use your map skills to navigate your way around some of its most famous landmarks and send a postcard home to ask the question: Do you wish you were here?

Meet the Iroquois tribe; Native Americans with amazing customs and traditions.

It’s going to be a long ride, put the roof down and let the wind blow through your hair – we’re off!

Blue Abyss

(Art and Design focus)


Grab your wetsuit! We’re going deep into an underwater world of incredible coral and mysterious creatures.

What do real divers get up to below the surface? How can a deep-sea submarine withstand great pressure? What are those bright lights in the distance?

Flippers on? Snorkel ready? Let’s head into the blue abyss…





Year 5 Topics 






Autumn Term


(Science focus)

Journey through space, the final frontier…Navigate beyond the Sun, the magnificent, blazing star at the centre of our solar system!  Investigate the eight planets and take a look at the Moon, a celestial body that orbits Earth.

Programme a ‘rover’ to traverse a lunar landscape and work scientifically to investigate gravity…and what happens when there is none.  Compare the time of day at different places on the Earth and use GPS satellite navigation systems to track hidden treasure.

Then it’s three, two, one …BLAST OFF! Build and launch a rocket for an important test mission.

Peasants Princes and Pestilence

(History focus)

Flee your fields, close your doors and pull up the drawbridge: the dreaded and deathly ‘Great Pestilence’ is here!  Mount your steed and gallop through the dark and deadly world of 14th century Britain, sword and shield at the ready, pledging allegiance to kind and country!

Rouse your troops with promises of bloody battle and violent jousts.  Read and write historical accounts. Poems and tales and discover the grotesque effects of bugs and bacteria on the human body.

And if you smell a rat – get out of there!






Spring Term

Beast Creator

(Science Focus)

Arachnids, invertebrates, molluscs and myriapods, hiding in nooks and beneath darkened rocks…Search for these minibeasts, and let’s sort them out! How many legs? How many wings? Who does it eat and who eats it? Can you classify it? Can you draw it or make it?

Discover where in the world you’ll find the deadliest beasts – scorpions, ants and venomous spiders.

Become a beast creator! Selectively breed a killer predator that saves the world from the super strong aphid!


(History Focus)

Travel back 5000 years to the dusty realms of ancient Egypt.  Cruise along the Nile, entering a world of mysteries and curses, mummies and kings.  Find out about life on the river’s fertile banks, discovering Egypt and its fantastic culture.  Unravel the secrets of ancient tombs, using historical sources and age-old artefacts.  Find out about powerful pharaohs and grandiose gods.

Help the chief embalmer prepare a body for its journey into the afterlife.






Summer Term



(Science focus)

Dig deep and make your own tubs and planters and nurture your greens.  Harvest your crops and make soups and dishes of seasonal foods that taste delicious.  Learn about farms and where food comes from, writing reports on worldwide produce.  Establish your own farmers market, harvest your crops and work out your prices, making sure your make a profit not a loss!


Alchemy Island

(Science focus)

Suspend your disbelief and open your mind as we go on a magical journey to Alchemy Island.

Find the gold hidden deep in the island’s mysterious landscape, study the map and unravel the riddle.

Learn about gold and master the ancient art of alchemy, create a video soundtrack to bring this mysterious landscape to life.




Year 6 Topics 






Autumn Term

A Child’s War

(history focus)


A siren sounds, a building crumbles, a Spitfire zooms overhead, Take Cover! It’s 1939 and Britain is at war. Dee down in the Anderson shelter, learn why nations are fighting and why child evacuees must make the long journey from their homes and families into unknown territory. Make do and mend- and cook up a family meal from meagre rations. And, as peace is declared, let’s get ready to celebrate. Mr Churchill says ‘It’s and unconditional surrender!’


Frozen Kingdom

(geography focus)

Welcome to the planet’s coldest lands… vast wilds, hostile territories, incredibly beautiful yet often deadly. Take shelter from the elements or fall prey to icy winds and deepest chill. Trek bravely and valiantly across treacherous terrain to the ends of the Earth, treading deep in snow or pulled by a team of mighty sled dogs.

Research facts and figures of climate, temperature, habitats and eco-systems. Become a part of an Antarctic rescue team, braving the elements to rescue terrified passengers from a ship struck by a deadly iceberg that hides deep beneath the Antarctic Ocean. Speaking of icebergs, learn more about the tragedy of the Titanic.





Spring Term

Blood Heart

(science focus)

Crimson, scarlet, burgundy, cherry… blood flows through our bodies in all its vibrant shades of red. Let’s explore our circulation system! Now surgeons, don’t be squeamish as we dissect an animal heart and examine the veins, arteries and chambers up close. They all work hard to move blood around our bodies.

William Harvey was fascinated with anatomy and made ground breaking discoveries about valves. I wonder what we might uncover? Find out how to keep your heart happy with cardiovascular exercise and healthy food.

Darwin’s Delights

(science focus)

Ship ahoy! We’re off on an exciting expedition with Charles Darwin and his crew on HMS Beagle. Can you trace his route across the vast ocean?

Stop at the magical Galapagos Islands to see the amazing species that helped Darwin develop his theory of evolution by natural selection. Do you know what’s so special about a lava lizard? Or why the blue-footed booby has blue feet? See how animals adapt to their environment over time and meet some of the world’s greatest explorers and imagine how humans will evolve in millions of years. It’s a scary thought!






Summer Term


(science focus)

Let’s discover what makes you…you! From your fingerprints and footprints, genes and DNA, everything is unique to you! So why do you look just like Mum or Dad? Explore the world of human identity and how our unique features can be used to tell us apart from others or even help to solve a crime!

And remember to love being you… Why? Because there’s only one you: you’re one of a kind!

Hola Mexico!

(history focus)

Welcome to Mexico! Get ready to explore this unique country, from its towering temples and stunning geography to its pulsing rhythms and fun-packed festivals. Tummy rumbling? Concoct a traditional fruit cocktail or delicious Mexican meal. Dsicover the mysterious world of the ancient Maya civilisation. Make their chocolate, learn their poetry, play their ballgame and follow all their curious rituals. Just try to keep your head!