Underpinning: Underpinning all of our decisions, subject-specific foci and overall balance are our aims for what we would like the children of Romero Academies to be and to have experienced. We have worked to ensure a complementary balance throughout each year and across years that ensures breadth, depth and the opportunity to spiral and progress learning.
For Key Stage 2 themes will run for a term in order to allow sufficient time for children to explore subjects in detail and to give the scope for our more able children to showcase their higher-order thinking skills. Explicit drivers have been established for each theme to ensure that the sense of purpose remains clear throughout. Each year group will follow the same central driver so that wider school opportunities can be taken to reinforce learning and for more effective subject leader monitoring. The main drivers are History and Geography -because of their importance in children understanding the world around them- and STEM -due to the ever-changing nature of the world we live. Other subjects will be mapped out to supplement these throughout. These core areas will also be revisited at outlined opportunities throughout the year as best practice of spiralling curricula.
The history elements in Key Stage 2 are sequenced in chronological order as this is a key historical objective and concept for children to understand. Their sense and understanding will constantly be referred back to and built upon as they progress through Key Stage 2. In addition to this, subjects have been selected and ordered with consideration for the maturity of the topics- for example being able to discuss the reasoning and impact of war in Britain with Year 6.
The STEM topics have been considered with the rationale of things that impact us and things we can impact upon. The sequence of topics allows for children to understand the over-arching impact. Year 3 will have studied Egyptians and Europe and will, therefore, understand an empire and the geographical area being discussed. Year 4 will have studied the Rainforest and will, therefore, use the amazon river as a transition point. Year 5 will look at the historic and current developments in Africa and then compare and contrast with these developments in the UK. The idea of Enterprise in Year 6 is designed as an evaluation of the effectiveness of the whole curriculum. It is here evidence of all the hallmarks of a Romero child should be evident. This theme has a bigger rationale: just as we have considered key transition points between Key Stages, we are considering the transition into secondary school and understand the need for our children to face real-life challenges and overcome them independently.
In addition to the formal structure of termly topics, we have outlined additional enrichment opportunities. These will have a whole-school focus and present opportunities to supplement core learning, ensure breadth of coverage and to respond to current affairs and issues.