L4L

Curriculum Map

ThemeSubjects CoveredOverview
Citizen MeCitizenship
English
Maths
Computing
RE
PSHCEE
In this theme students consider what it means to be part of a community at a family, school, religious, national and international level. The overarching ideas in this theme are related to Citizenship and PSHE. The central theme of identity is explored in the contexts of religion and nationality, whilst giving students a chance to discuss the benefits of diversity in the UK. As the idea of community is brought into focus, students will also consider how politics is a tool for change and how MPs are an integral part of that. The family heritage project underlines the whole theme connecting family life with concepts learned in the classroom.
JourneysGeography
English
Maths
Computing
RE
History
PSHCEE
The Journeys project aims to investigate how both religious and non-religious journeys may impact on a person’s life experience. In order to answer the driving question, students must consider the reasons why people undertake a journey both in the past and in the present. There is a significant Humanities focus in this project. From a historical perspective, using primary and secondary sources, students will study the terrible conditions on board a slave ship, how the Roman Empire grew and the monumental journey undertaken by Hannibal and his troops across the Alps.
PlanetsScience
English
Maths
Computing
History
PSHCEE
In this theme students will explore the religious and scientific ideas of how the universe came into being. The driving question focuses students on the conditions needed for life to exist. As they progress through the theme they will discuss the impact of important scientific figures and discoveries on how, as humans, we understand our position in the universe.
Silent MoviesEnglish
Maths
Computing
History
Performing Arts (Media)
PSHCEE
The Silent Movies theme aims to integrate many of the competency strands into a fun, interactive and creative theme. In order to answer the driving question, students must undertake a great deal of analysis, exploring the movies themselves as well as the era.
The theme sets the scene for the understanding of silent movies by asking students to undertake historical research on the silent movie era and one of its most famous stars – Charlie Chaplin. Students are introduced to many of the acting and directing techniques of Charlie Chaplin and other silent movie comedy stars. They learn all about direct camera address, pratfalls, miming and how these techniques were used in the silent movies.
Fairy Tales and PantomimesEnglish
Drama
Maths
Computing
History
PSHCEE
In this theme students will explore the driving question: Are fairy tales still relevant? This will include students both participating in individual, paired and group tasks which allow students to explore through Literacy, ICT, Creativity and Drama. Studying a variety of existing fairy tales and fables will assist students to produce work that will demonstrate their ability to write in a persuasive manner, with the aid of an age-specific film, as well as storytelling using their own creativity when fracturing a variety of fairy tales to produce one story. The year group will experience a pantomime experience either through web cam (live link to theatre), DVD, theatre experience or touring company which will enable students to visualise typical stock characters which will have been studied within a drama lesson. All students will be expected to demonstrate their understanding of stock characters through a short performance to the class; this should include audience participation, clear characterisation, typical stock characters and a simple moral to their story.
GrowingScience
English
Maths
Computing
PSHCEE
The Growing theme is largely a humanities based project with a focus on the driving question: 'What factors affect growth?'.
In terms of Geography, students will study various different settlement types and will consider what factors make a good settlement. They will look at town development and growth. In addition, they will study population growth and factors that contribute to this with a particular focus on comparisons of MEDCs and LEDCs. This will culminate in a formal assessment at the end of the theme. Students will consider Boudicca and her battle against Roman invasion using historical sources to complete another formal assessment. Furthermore, students will consider personal issues around 'growing' in a PHSE day.
iRobotComputing
Science
English
Maths
PSHCEE
This theme connects two very different learning strands. The core of the theme, as suggested by the Driving Question, considers the future of robots from a socio-political point of view. In order to answer the driving question, students will first consider what it means to be human. Students will explore abstract concepts such as the soul, human rights and, to a certain extent, freedom.
Underpinning the more philosophical ideas is the study of concrete concepts relating to the mechanics of both robots and humans. Students will explore programming by first considering key mathematical principles and relating these to control.
WaterScience
Geography
English
Maths
Computing
PSHCEE
The Water theme is to a large extent a scientific theme which develops through ecology and physical geography into more social perspectives. Students develop an understanding of the significance of water by investigating the driving question, “How does water affect life on Earth?”. Students explore through Science and the Humanities then express their knowledge and understanding through Literacy, Numeracy and ICT tasks.
In Days of OldHistory
English
Drama
Maths
Computing
PSHCEE
The Days of Old project is a Humanities rich theme. Students will work towards answering the driving question by considering events that took place in Britain and the wider world during the Middle Ages. Students will explore the events surrounding The Norman Conquest in 1066 and investigate the way in which the Norman invaders maintained control of England. In order to do this, student will use and analyse primary and secondary sources and learn about bias. Significant emphasis is placed on the role of religion in Medieval Britain and students will consider the impact that religion and religious leaders have had on historical events such as the Crusades and the murder of Thomas Becket.
By the end of the theme students will be expected to answer the driving question and will be beginning to explore some of the more complex aspects of history such as cause and effect and continuity and change.
Black GoldScience
Geography
English
Maths
Computing
PSHCEE
The Black Gold theme follows the exciting timeline of oil from 50 million years ago to the present day. The theme begins by enabling students to understand how oil is formed and to undertake a collaborative research project to investigate its unique properties. Students then look at how oil affects plants and animals in the natural world.
Moving closer to the present day, students begin to look at how oil affects humans. Oil and Ancient Civilisations requires students to research ways in which different types of oils were used by ancient people, for example anointing, washing, cooking, heating, lighting and waterproofing. Students gather artefacts, print them out, write captions and arrange them chronologically to tell a story as if they were curating an exhibition.
As the theme progresses, students begin work on their own individual Black Gold timeline.