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Curriculum

At Abacus Belsize we teach a topic based, cross curricular curriculum that is broad and balanced. We encourage collaborative learning and promote opportunities for enrichment to fully immerse children in to a topic. Skills within each topic are specifically taught because they build on and enhance the skills built on in previous years. Children then develop mastery in these skills by Years 5 and 6, with increased complexity. Topics are taught over a 2 year cycle, so that Years 1 & 2, Years 3 & 4 and Years 5 & 6 follow the same topics. This supports our collaborative approach to learning and offers children the opportunity to work with a range of children. There are times where subjects and/or elements of a subject will be discretely taught, rather than trying to squeeze it into a topic, to ensure its necessary impact. Some of our topics are taught throughout the school at the same time and this encourages collaborative work with other year groups, as well as a whole school celebration or exhibition at the end. 

     

   

Please see below for an outline of our curriculum for each Year group:

Years 1 and 2

Cycle A

Cycle B

A1

Enchanted Wood
English

Travel and Transport
Geography

A2

London's Burning!
History

Amazing Animals
Science

Sp

Treasure
History/Geography

All The World’s A Stage
Literacy/Drama

S1

Space
Science

China
Geography

S2

Superheroes
Science/English

We Are Britain
SMSC/History

Years 3 and 4

Cycle A

Cycle B

A1

A Tale of Two Cities
Geography

Marvellous Medicine
Science

A2

Invaders, Settlers and Explorers
History

Invaders, Settlers and Explorers
History

Sp

Rainforests
Geography/Science

All The World’s A Stage
Literacy/Drama

S1

The Roman Empire
History

China
Geography

S2

Rise of the Robots
ICT

WW2 Child Evacuees
History

Years 5 and 6

Cycle A

Cycle B

A1

Where in the World
Geography

Extraordinary Humans
Science

A2

Ancient Greece
History

Natural Disasters
Geography

Sp

Mighty Mountains and Swirling Seas
History

All The World’s A Stage
Literacy/Drama

S1

Crime Scene Investigation
Computing / Music

China
Geography

S2

Dinosaurs
History

WW2 London Daily Life
History