Our school will encourage each child to grow into a happy, confident individual, thriving in a supportive community where each is inspired to learn and discover through a kaleidoscope of opportunities, with space to imagine and to create.
Our curriculum is far more than the just the academic subjects prescribed by the National Curriculum 2014. “The Big Picture” encompasses our focus on developing every individual child and enabling them to be the best that they can be. Please click on the link below to see the rainbow of opportunities we offer children at our school.
How do we organise what we teach? The long term plan for each year group (accessed by the links below) shows the learning expectations for each term.
Our curriculum is unique for our children at Waterbeach, we have considered important themes relevant to their lives and the area in which they live. These themes run throughout the school and they are:
- Farming (colour code brown) – Agriculture is a major industry in East Anglia and a variety of the ways that land is used in farming is all around us. Farming threads throughout all cultures in history ranging from the ancient civilizations, to the labour intensive farms of pre-industrialisation up to the modern, scientific farming of today.
- Structures (colour code pink) – we live in one of the fastest developing areas in the UK with thousands of new homes being built in the local area. The materials homes have been built from and how communities come together through different human settlements has changed over time as populations have changed and increased and the children will study the impact of this.
- Environment (colour code green) – our planet is in danger and our children care about this. This theme will be threaded through different subjects educating them from an early age on the responsibility for caring for our planet and the environment we live in.
- Healthy Living (colour code orange) – keeping active, eating a balanced diet, looking after their mental health and building their confidence is essential for equipping them to grow into strong, healthy, happy individuals.
An example of how the farming theme threads through the different year groups:
In Reception the children learn about different farmland animals.
In Year 1 in science, they will learn about how seasonal changes effect farms and local farm produce with a visit from a local farmer.
In Year 2, the children will look at the geographical features of the local agricultural area.
In Year 3, the children will study the science behind different rocks and soils and look at the particularly fertile soil of the fenland area. In studying the history of their local area, they will visit the historic Denny Abbey Farmland Museum. The area around Denny Abbey has been farmed for almost 2,000 years and the children will look at how the area was farmed in the past.
In Year 4, the children study how important farming was to the Tudors, where 90% of the population lived in rural farming communities.
In Year 5, the children will study WWII which will cover the ‘Dig for Victory’ campaign and in Year 6, the children will look at how important and essential farming was to ancient civilisations such as the Ancient Egyptians.
STILL TO COME – We are working on “Curriculum Captures” to show you exactly what knowledge our children are learning in class. We hope that the captures will enable you to support your child with their learning at home.