Arden Primary School

Every Child, Every Opportunity

Curriculum Implementation


Our Curriculum Implementation


‘Inspire the young minds of today, for the opportunities and challenges of tomorrow.’


We provide a bespoke topic-based curriculum that meets the needs of all our pupils through broad, rich and deep learning. We ensure an ambitious curriculum which allows children to showcase the best that they can be. The lessons we deliver demonstrate a progression of skills and knowledge that are coherently planned and sequencedWe seek to ensure that all the children enjoy and achieve pertinent learning in all lessons. We pledge that whatever the children's strengths they will have a chance to shine. We make sure that our curriculum inspires our children and develops their social, moral, spiritual and cultural understanding.




Children in our Early Years phase follow the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum, which consists of seven areas of learning. We teach children by ensuring there are challenging, playful opportunities across both the prime and specific areas of learning. We recognise that all children develop and learn at different rates and so our EYFS curriculum is designed flexibly to meet the needs of all individuals. We support individual learning through our skillful interactions and observations which lead to detailed next step planning. The Characteristics of Effective Learning underpin our curriculum and pupils’ learning. Through an enabling and well-planned environment, we ensure we provide meaningful opportunities for playing, active learning, creating and thinking critically. As children utilise and develop these characteristics, they become effective and motivated learners who demonstrate high levels of well-being and involvement. Our curriculum is centered on 3 prime areas of learning:


1. Communication and Language.


 2. Physical Development


3. Personal, Social and Emotional Development


 We also provide activities and experiences through four specific areas which strengthen the prime areas. These are:


1. Literacy


2. Mathematics


3. Understanding the World


 4. Expressive Arts and Design


These Areas of Learning and Development address children’s physical, cogitative, linguistic, social and emotional development. No one aspect of development stands in isolation from the others as all Areas of Learning and Development are all closely interlinked. This ensures the delivery of a holistic, child-centered curriculum which allows children to make links between what they are learning. All Areas of Learning and Development are given equal weighting and value.


Key Stage 1 & 2


Each year group undertake 5 themed topics throughout the year. Our topics use cross curricular links for English, DT, Art and Design, Geography, History and Science, that translate the statutory requirements of the National Curriculum into effective classroom teaching, whilst inspiring our pupils to learn. Other subjects such as Mathematics, PSHEE, RE, PE, Computing, Drama and Music are discretely taught and linked to our topics where appropriate and follow the National Curriculum.


Children are also taught about Citizenship and the Rights Respecting Schools Charter, these also link with our school values. Here our pupils develop their understanding of the world and their place in it both now and in the future. These lessons shape our children and the adults that they will become. We pride ourselves on developing life skills


We split our topics into three integral sections.


Engage- we feel this is a highly valuable stage of learning as it provides our pupils with first-hand experiences and overcomes some of the barriers to their learning allowing children to:


  • gain memorable first-hand experiences, such as going on a visit or inviting a special visitor into school
  • enjoy ‘WOW’ experiences
  • get an exciting introduction to a topic or theme
  • begin researching and setting enquiry questions
  • enjoy many opportunities to make observations
  • develop spoken language skills
  • take part in sensory activities
  • have lots of fun to fully 'engage' with their new topic.



At the ‘Develop’ stage, children:

  • improve their knowledge and understanding of the topic
  • develop and practice their new skills
  • compose, make, do, build, investigate, explore, write for different purposes and read across the curriculum
  • research their own questions and those set by others
  • follow new pathways of enquiry based on their interests




At the ‘Express’ stage, children:

  • become the performers, experts and informers
  • share their achievements with parents, classmates and the community
  • evaluate finished products and processes
  • link what they have learnt to where they started
  • celebrate their achievements!


Our Wider Learning (OWL)

We also enjoy themed weeks that help further develop and ‘round’ our children to understand the world around them and build on the skills we believe they will need to thrive in their future. Our themed weeks and days support Arden’s wider learning opportunities. These give us the opportunity to add extra elements to ensure that we equip our children with an understanding of the world and the opportunities that are available. We endeavor to give our children experiences that outreach our local community.


Themed Weeks - Enterprise Week, Shakespeare Week, STEAM Week, Creativity Week


Themed Days - Black History month, Harvest, Remembrance Day, Diwali, Christmas, Friendship day, Valentine’s day, Mothering Sunday, Eid, St George’s Day, Female Empowerment, Anti Bullying, World Book Day, World Autism Awareness (Differences)


Our themed days may change to meet the needs of the pupils and the current climate.


Year Group

Topic 1

Topic 2

Topic 3

Topic 4

Topic 5



What is a friend?


What can we find in the woods?


Are we there yet?

What are our senses?


How can we improve our community?


How fit are you?



Why do you love me so much?

How do we know it’s Autumn?


What is my favourite Nursery rhyme?


How do we know it’s Winter?




How many colours in a rainbow?


Who helps us?


Why can’t I have chocolate for breakfast?



Can I have a dog?

Do Dinosaurs exist?




Do you want to be Friends?


Are we there yet?


Why don’t snakes have Legs?


Are carrots orange?



Do cows drink Milk?

Year 1


Memory Box



Bright lights, Big city




Paws, Claws and Whiskers


Splendid Skies

Year 2


Towers, Tunnels and Turrets



Magnificent Monarchs


Land Ahoy


Street Detectives


Movers and Shakers

Year 3


Heroes and Villains


Tribal Tales






Mighty Metals

Year 4


Burps, Bottoms and Bile





Traders and Raiders


Road Trip USA


I am Warrior!

Year 5








Alchemy Island


Time Traveller

Year 6


Gallery Rebels



Blood Heart


Frozen Kingdom


A Child’s War


Hola Mexico