THE GREAT PLAGUE & THE GREAT FIRE OF LONDON
Last half term KS1 and KS2 were learning about the Great Plague (1665) and the Great Fire of London (1666). We learned about how the plague killed many hundreds of people in London when the fleas on rats arriving on ships from Europe spread the disease. We found out about the village of Eyam in Derbyshire, the only other place to be hit by the plague because of fleas hiding in a bolt of fabric opened by the local tailor and how, through the bravery of the villagers who cut themselves off from the surrounding area, the plague was contained. People would have made pomanders so that they had something sweet to smell because they believed that the plague was carried in the bad smells in the air.
We then found out about the Great Fire of London and how many buildings were destroyed by a fire which started in a bakery shop in Pudding Lane. We made some houses in the style of the time and then took them outside to demonstrate how easily the materials would have burned. (We were very careful to stay away from the flames and Mrs. Smith was the only person to hold the matches!)
We know a lot about these events because of a diary written by a man called Samuel Pepys; one of us dressed up, pretending to be Samuel Pepys writing his diary.
THE NATIONAL CURRICULUM
The CORE subjects are English, Mathematics and Science.
The FOUNDATION subjects are History, Geography, Music, Design/Technology, Art and Design, and Physical Education. These are taught within a flexible curriculum in which different subjects are taught together in a creative way. IT skills are incorporated into all lessons.
In addition, the school refers to the Northumberland Scheme for R.E. and P.H.S.E./Citizenship.
All pupils are given a Baseline Assessment on entering the school. This enables parents and teachers to assess the progress of pupils each year. All pupils are involved in setting targets for themselves. These targets are assessed and reviewed regularly and shared with parents on a termly basis.
Learning Logs go home with pupils on a weekly basis and parents are updated on content covered that week. Also included are homework activities to help support their child's learning.
More detailed information on individual subjects can be found in our Prospectus which can be accessed from the 'Our School' page.
The school uses the following resources:
Phonics - Jolly Phonics and Letters & Sounds
Reading - Project X (Oxford University Press)
Follow the links below to see our long-term curriculum planning.