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What do we teach? Concepts and Content Organisers

At Emmaus, our curriculum is aligned to meet and exceed the National Curriculum.  We teach each subject discretely on a two year rotation.  We have identified key concepts in each subject.  This allows children to revisit these concepts in different ways during their time at school, becoming more complex each time.

We have carefully sequenced our topics in phases to create a coherent and well-planned curriculum.  For example:

  • In Geography, children learn about living on an island in KS1, which is built upon with our rivers topic in Y3/4 and then developed further when children learn about flooding in New Orleans in Y5/6. 
  • In History, children learn about how the Vikings and Romans invaded in Y3/4.  In Y5/6, they learn about how Axis forces tried to invade the UK during World War II.
  • In Art and Design, children encounter different portraits artists in each phase.  In Y1/2, Leonardo da Vinci’s self-portrait show children how to record an accurate likeness by using different marks and textures.  In Y3/4, children learn how Elizabeth I projected power and strength, using her Armada and Rainbow portraits.  In Y5/6, Frida Kahlo’s self-portrait shows how we can incorporate our life stories into our artworks.

Using these key concepts allows children to make comparisons between different units of study within a subject.

As a faith school, Religious Education is a core subject at Emmaus and our Christian character and values influences our approach to every subject and unit of study in school.  Our RE lessons are taught using ‘Come and See’, a Catholic primary religious education programme.  Over the year, ten percent of the timetable is allocated to Come and See.

As part of nurturing the whole child, we are also committed to enriching our children’s education and experiences.  These include educational visits, fieldwork, learning to play the violin, concerts and performances into our teaching and learning. 

In line with our commitment to a growth mindset, we believe that all children should have access to the same teaching material.  Some of our children may need some extra support to do so: this may include recording their learning in a different way, having extra adult support in the classroom, having short pre- or post-teaching sessions to introduce or reinforce concepts. 

We also recognise that children need tasks that allow them to demonstrate a greater depth of understanding.  Within school, we use the language of ‘Acquire’ and ‘Apply’.  When children first encounter new knowledge or skills, they acquire a level of understanding.  This means they can demonstrate a grasp of their learning.  To apply this understanding demonstrates a greater depth and can also involve making connections across a subject, beyond the immediate unit of study.  Our subject organisers are structured in this way. 

If you would like to find out more about what is taught in each subject, please see our concepts and content organisers below.

How we organise our curriculum