Our Curriculum Intent

At Thorpe Acre Junior School we consider the extent to which we are equipping pupils with the knowledge and cultural capital they need to succeed in life. Central to this are the key academic, personal and vocational skills which prepare them for the next stage of their lives. We recognise the importance of investing in their cultural capital, our core values and the essential knowledge they need to be educated citizens, introducing them to the best that has been thought and said and helping to generate an appreciation of human creativity and achievement.

We aim for our curriculum to be structured and sequenced in such as a way as to help children remember what they have been taught and for them to make links with their learning. We aim for it to be imaginative and inspiring and for it to embrace our school context, making good use of resources, the locality and “the outdoor classroom.” Pride and quality presentation of pupils’ own work is central to our learning ethos and work is celebrated in books, through high quality cross curricular displays and in assemblies to reinforce this.


Subjects and Themes

English and Maths are taught daily, discretely, with a focus on key skills and independence. Where relevant and appropriate, links to the theme being taught are also made. We aim for the children to develop their stamina for reading, writing and recording in Maths and for their themed work to show real evidence of extended, purposeful cross-curricular writing.

Science is taught discretely on a weekly basis but also linked to our themes wherever possible. Our curriculum encourages the use and application of digital media and computing skills. All other subjects are largely taught through the theme ensuring a high age-related standard in each year group with skills being built on progressively year on year.




We want to deliver an innovative English curriculum which enables and empowers children’s written and oral communication and creativity.

Throughout the school pupils are taught to read easily and with understanding, developing the ability and desire to read widely and deeply for pleasure and information. They acquire and can apply the key skills of grammar, punctuation and spelling. They write clearly, accurately, coherently and neatly.



We want to ensure that pupils become fluent in the fundamentals of Maths, know and confidently apply key skills and reason mathematically.

It is essential that all children have a secure and confident grasp of age-appropriate key skills and mathematical vocabulary which allows them to access a deeper understanding and make links between areas of maths, applying their mathematical knowledge to Science and other subjects.




We want to provide opportunities for, and to encourage, all pupils to develop their skills of:

Leadership, resilience, independence, commitment, self-reliance, team-work and perseverance.



We want to support a welcoming, loving and caring environment built on honesty, trust and reliability which promotes:

Democracy, individual liberty, pride, mutual respect, the rule of law, tolerance and inclusiveness.




We want our pupils to be creative and confident in the use of colour and different artistic mediums.

Pupils need to develop their artistic skills in drawing, painting, printing, sculpting, designing and digital art and appreciate artists through confident creativity.



We want our pupils to appreciate music, dance, drama, languages and sports as essential elements of their cultural capital.

We place great emphasis and value on pupils’ ability to express themselves through the Arts, languages and sports so these are well promoted through the curriculum.


We want our pupils to use a broad range of skills and understanding to design and make products that solve real and relevant problems in a variety of contexts.

This also allows for pupils to engage in enterprise activities.




We want our pupils to trace British history and the great civilisations of the world.

We aim for our pupils to have the knowledge, skills and understanding to appreciate our history and that of human creativity, endeavour and exploration through time.



We feel it is important our pupils understand and value their own identity and heritage.

This includes their cultural roots, as citizens of Leicestershire, the UK and as members of a global society.




It is equally important for our pupils to have an age appropriate understanding of  British and World news.

Current affairs includes matters of political importance, e.g. who are Prime Minister is, propaganda and fake news.



Our Geography curriculum engages pupils in studying the wider world, people, places and the environment. There is an emphasis on pupils asking, and finding the answers to, key geographical questions.

Pupils need to have a knowledge of the world they live in –oceans, continents, major countries and cities, social and physical geography, the environment and sustainability.




Our Science curriculum aims to develop scientific knowledge and conceptual understanding, a thirst for investigation, experimentation, exploration and discovery.

This will include practical investigations and the development and application of key scientific skills which are progressively built upon year on year.


It is important our pupils are able to understand and apply the fundamental principles of computing.

This will include abstraction, logic, algorithms and data representation as well as digital technology.

Please see the curriculum overview to see what child is learning this year.

If you have any questions about what this, or how best to support their learning at home, do not hesitate to arrange a time to discuss it further with your child’s teacher.

What does your child learn at school? 


Thorpe Acre Junior School’s Curriculum Map



Block 1

Block 2

Block 3

Block 4

Block 5

Block 6

Year 3







Extreme Survival

Adapting to different climates and environments


Tomb Raiders

Ancient Egyptians



Modern and historical China



Aviation and exploration


Meet the Flintstones

Britain in the Stone, Bronze and Iron Age

Journey through Europe

Climate and culture


Year 4







The World’s Kitchen

Food and farming around the World


Reign over Us

The power of the monarchy


The Great War

Your country needs you


Crime and Punishment

Changes in social history


Roman Rule

The Roman Empire and its impact on Britain


Journey through Europe

Climate and culture


Year 5







Wild Waters

Rivers and coasts


Walls and Barricades

Borders or barriers? To defend or to divide?



Angles, Saxons and Scots


Mexico and the Mayans

Modern and Ancient Mexico


Wonder Women

Hidden figures


Journey through Europe

The European Union

Year 6







Yes Minister

British politics and parliament


Out of this World

Solar system, universe, space exploration



Earthquakes and volcanoes


Rule Britannia

The Viking and Saxon battle for the throne of England


Wonder Women

Hidden figures




Journey through Europe

The European Union


         For details of other subjects please go to your child's class page.


Subject Policies

What Does Ofsted Say About Our Curriculum?

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