Curriculum Information


Aston Tower Curriculum Overview Y1-6

September 2015

The purpose of the National Curriculum is:

‘... a curriculum which is balanced and broadly based and which:

  • Promotes the spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development of pupils at the school and of society, and
  • Prepares pupils at the school for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of later life’.

The national curriculum in England (September 2013), paragraph 2.1

At Aston Tower the aims of our curriculum are to:

  • Ensure all of our children succeed and achieve the highest goals in their personal and academic development;
  • Promote a love and enjoyment of learning;
  • Ensure children become confident and resilient individuals who are able to respond well to the challenges of life;
  • Develop, to a high standard, pupils’ skills in speaking, reading, writing and mathematics, along with an ability to apply and use such skills in real life situations;
  • Promote pupils’ spiritual, social, cultural, physical and moral development;
  • Promote pupils’ understanding of the 'fundamental British values' of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs by drawing on examples that are both from Britain and across the world to reflect our multi-cultural ethos.
  • Develop pupils’ artistic, scientific and technological skills, their understanding of the world and the human and environmental factors that have shaped it;
  • Encourage children to live healthily and keep safe
  • Develop their skills of working independently and recognise the value of working collaboratively
  • Ensure children are well prepared for the next stage of their learning and for the challenges and opportunities of adult life.


The core subjects of English, Mathematics and Science are taught as discrete subjects. The foundation subjects of Computing, Languages, Music and Physical Education are also taught discretely.

The curriculum for Art and Design, Design and Technology, Geography and History, is grouped into topics in our creative curriculum as shown:

Key Stage 2

 

Autumn Transition

(2 Weeks)

Autumn Term

Spring Term

Summer Term

Y6

“Who is in my class?” Cultural heritage of pupils, families and teachers.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“Who is in my class?” Cultural heritage of pupils, families and teachers.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“Who is in my class?” Cultural heritage of pupils, families and teachers.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“Who is in my class?” Cultural heritage of pupils, families and teachers.

“Is it right to fight?”

 

World War 2

A turning point in British History, WW2 – particularly the Battle of Britain.

Locations of key events in WW2.

Europe’s physical and human features.

History with some Geography

 

Painting and ICT

“Why did the Mayans rise and then fall?”

 

SATs preparation

The rise and fall of Classical period Mayan society.

Climate zones, biomes and vegetation belts; Central, North and South America.

History and Geography

 

Textiles and Printing

“How was the lake/peak district formed?”

 

The Lake/Peak District

Geographical study of an area, physical features.

Use of maps and fieldwork for physical features of an area.

Geography

 

Drawing

Y5

“What do we have to thank the Greeks for?”

 

Ancient Greece

City states

Ancient and modern Greek physical and human geography

History with some Geography

 

Drawing and Clay

“Where do we really live?”

 

Local area study of Aston

Fieldwork of human geography of an area.

Geography

 

Painting and ICT

“What does it mean to be fair?”

 

Fair trade and slavery

Trade, distribution of resources.

The abolition of slavery.

Geography with some History.

 

Printing and Textiles

Y4

“How Dark were the Dark Ages?”

 

Anglo Saxons and Scots

Anglo Saxon life, culture and settlements

Land use and how this has changed over time.

History and Geography

 

Textiles and Printing

 

“Vikings: Good guys or bad guys?”

 

Vikings

Viking raids, resistance up to the death of Edward the confessor.

UK geography, rivers etc. Distribution of natural resources in the UK.

History and Geography

 

Clay and 3D

“How did people live in Birmingham in the past?”

 

Tudors

Similarities and differences between UK places. Human and physical.

History and Geography

 

Painting and ICT

Y3

“Civilisation: Where did it begin?”

 

Ancient Egypt

Ancient civilisations and in depth study.

The River Nile, then and now, climate zones, biomes, rivers and the water cycle.

Human geography including use of water as a resource (both Ancient and modern Egypt).

History and Geography

 

Drawing and Textiles

“What was life in Britain like before the Romans arrived?”

 

Stone age to Iron age

Bronze and Iron age religion, technology and culture.

Geography of the UK – regions, physical characteristics.

History and Geography

 

3D and Painting

“What did the Romans do for us?”

 

Romans in Britain, invasion, Hadrians wall etc.

Volcanoes and Earthquakes – Pompei.

History and Geography

 

Clay and Printing

 

Key Stage 1

 

 

Autumn Transition

(2 Weeks)

Autumn Term

Spring Term

Summer Term

Y2

 

 

“Who is in my class?” Cultural heritage of pupils, families and teachers.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“Who is in my class?” Cultural heritage of pupils, families and teachers.

 

Where do we live?”

 

Our locality

Significant places, people and events in locality.

Aerial photos, maps and similarities and differences between locality and a contrasting locality.

History and Geography

 

Textiles and Painting

“Who lives here?”

 

SATs preparation

Habitats of animals

Seasonal and daily weather in the UK.

Physical features of the UK

Geography

 

Drawing

“How do you solve an unsolvable problem?”

 

Inventions and inventors.

Industrial revolution in West Midlands, comparison between then and now.

Geographical similarities and differences between small area of the UK and a contrasting locality.

History and Geography

 

3D and ICT

Y1

“Who am I?”

 

Ourselves

Living memory changes.

Human features e.g. City. Seven continents and 5 oceans.

History and Geography

 

Clay and Drawing

“Who are the King and Queen of the Castle?”

 

Kings and Castles

The English Civil War

Settlements, UK knowledge, Simple field work and investigation. Aerial photographs.

History and Geography

 

Painting and 3D

“What makes something a “Wonder of the world”?”

 

Special buildings around the world

Significant global events, festivals and anniversaries.

World knowledge, maps etc. 

History and Geography

 

Printing and Drawing

 

We teach religious education and follow the local authority agreed syllabus. This may be found through the following web link https://www.faithmakesadifference.co.uk/