Great Bridge Primary School

The Curriculum - KS2

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Our Curriculum Map for children in Years 3, 4, 5 and 6 shows the areas that are taught each term.


Y3  The Tudors

Y4 Adventures

Y5 Victorians

Y6 Stranded

Compare how things move on different surfaces

Make observations and take measurements using standard units using a range of equipment: Newton meters. (Working scientifically)

Explain some parts (main functions) of the digestive system in humans

Explain the different types of teeth in humans and what they do

Describe and explain a variety of food chains naming producers, predators and prey

Show that light appears to travel in straight lines

Use the explanation that light travels in straight lines to explain that objects are seen because they give out or reflect light into the eye

Demonstrate and explain that we see things because light travels from light sources to our eyes or from light sources to objects and then to our eyes

Demonstrate that light travels in straight lines to show why shadows have the same shape as the objects that cast them

Describe the ways in which nutrients and water are transported within animals including humans

Recognise the impact of diet, exercise, drugs and lifestyle on the way the body functions

Know that some forces need contact between two objects but magnetic forces can act at a distance

Compare and group materials on the basis of whether or not they are attracted to a magnet

Identify some magnetic materials

Observe how magnets attract or repel each other and attract some materials and not others

Describe magnets as having 2 poles

Predict whether two magnets will attract or repel each other depending on which poles are facing

Explain how sounds are made and show that some of them are linked to vibrations

Explain that vibrations from sounds travel through a medium to reach the ear

Find patterns between the pitch of a sound and features of the object that produced it

Show there is a pattern between the volume of a sound and the strength of the vibrations that produced it

Show sounds get fainter as distance from the sound source increases

Explain that unsupported objects fall towards the Earth because of the force of gravity acting between the Earth and the falling object

Demonstrate the effects of air resistance, water resistance and friction, that act between moving surfaces

Show that some mechanisms, including levers, pulleys and gears allow a smaller force to have a greater effect


Give reasons for classifying plants and animals based on specific characteristics

Describe how plants, animals and micro-organisms are classified into broad groups according to common observable characteristics and based on similarities and differences



Ancient Egypt

Laws, crime and punishment in Victorian times

Stone Age to Iron Age

Cities and countries of the UK

8 points of the compass

Comparisons between places: population, industry etc.

The River Nile: landscape, features in the development of a locality and comparison with other rivers

Canals and Rivers including a local field study

Island clusters, Mountains and Volcanos

Natural disasters

Weather disasters

Portraits (Wives of Henry)

Modelling canopic jars


Landscapes (perspective)/SEN cave paintings

Design/make – Tudor house

Bread making

Bridges and structures (2 wks)

Design/make islands

Garage  Band

Recorder Magic – Instrument tuition

Listening: Flight of the bumblebee

Charanga Unit: Mamma Mia

Listening: Allegri Miserere


Charanga Unit: Don’t Stop Believin’

Listening: Chopin Minute Waltz


Charanga Unit: Livin’ on a prayer

Listening: Bach Toccata and Fugue in D minor

Daisy the dinosaur

Hopscotch ipad coding

Garage Band

Coding 4a and 4b

Coding 5a and 5b

Coding 6a and 6b

Hinduism – Being a Hindu /Diwali

Inspirational People – Jesus

The Sandwell Community

Pillars of Islam / Jewish / Islamic Prayer

Personal Hygiene


Citizenship – antisocial behaviour/consequences

Team Building









Dirty Bertie – David Roberts

The Ice Palace – Robert Swindells

The Iron Man – Ted Hughes


The Mummy’s Finger–Ian MacDonald

Eyeball Soup – Ian MacDonald

Toro Toro! – Michael Morpurgo

The Boy who could fly – Sally Gardner

Oliver Twist – Charles Dickens

The Suitcase Kid – J. Wilson

Skellig – David Almond

Street Child – Bertie Doherty

Stig of the Dump – Clive King

Why the Whales Came – Morpurgo

Kensuke’s Kingdom - Morpurgo

Nos to 100/1000, subtraction, x grid method, fractions

+/-/x/÷ formal methods including introduction to column method and long multiplication, digital time, converting measures, x tables

+/-/x/÷ formal methods, rounding, triangles, use positive and negative numbers

Use positive and negative numbers within calculations, BODMAS, long x, long ÷, geometry, conversions between measures


Y3 Explorers, Traders and Pirates

Y4 Destinations

Y5 British Battles

Y6 Dreams

Show that light is reflected from surfaces

Explain that I need light in order to see things and that dark is the absence of light

Explain that light from the sun can be dangerous and that there are ways to protect eyes

Show how shadows are formed when the light from a light source is blocked by a solid object

Show that there are patterns in the way that the size of shadows change


Talk about common electrical appliances

Construct and draw with labels a simple series electrical circuit which include cells / batteries, wires, bulbs /lamps, switches and buzzers

Predict if a bulb/lamp will light or not in a simple series circuit, based on whether or not the lamp is part of a complete loop with the cell/battery

Explain that a switch opens and closes a circuit and associate this with whether or not a bulb/lamp lights in a simple series circuit

Show that some materials are conductors and some are insulators

Explain metals are good conductors

Compare and group together every day materials based on properties including their hardness, solubility, transparency, conductivity (electrical and thermal) and response to magnets

Explain some materials dissolve in liquid to form a solution & describe how to recover a substance from solution

Use knowledge of solids, liquids and gases to decide how mixtures might be separated including by filtering, sieving and evaporating

Give reasons, based on evidence from comparative and fair tests, for the particular uses of every day materials including metals, wood and plastic.

Identify and name the main parts of the human circulatory system

Describe the main functions of the heart, blood vessels and blood

(revision of other main parts of the body and their function)


Explain that soils are made from rocks and organic matter

Describe simply how fossils are formed when things that have lived are trapped within rock

Examine and do practical experiments on various types of rocks in order to group them on the basis of their appearance and simple physical properties

Group materials together, according to whether they are solids, liquids or gases, including tricky ones like gels, foams, mists and pastes

Demonstrate and explain that some materials change state when they are heated or cooled

Measure the temperature some materials change state using degrees Celsius (°C)

Correctly calk about evaporation and condensation in the water cycle

Show / know a link between the rate of evaporation and temperature

Demonstrate that dissolving, mixing and changes of state are reversible changes

Explain that some changes result in the formation of new materials and that this kind of change is not usually reversible, including changes associated with burning and the action of acid on bicarbonate of soda


Show that the brightness of a bulb/lamp or the volume of a buzzer depends on the number and voltage of cells/batteries used in the circuit

Compare and give reasons for variations in how components function, including the brightness of lamps/bulbs, the loudness of buzzers and the on/off position of switches

Draw a diagram using recognised symbols to represent a simple circuit


Explorers, traders and pirates: British history extending chronological  knowledge from 1066

Romans and Anglo Saxons

British Battles including WW1 & WW2: British history extending chronological  knowledge from 1066

Ancient China – The Shang Dynasty

Mapping around the globe

4 figure grid references

Creating accurate maps

8 points of the compass

Mapping – UK and Europe

6 figure grid references

Coasts including erosion and deposition

China – economic activity, trade, natural resources

Still life – treasures


Trench art - Figure sketches figure movement

Fabric printing

Design/make treasure package

Minecraft scene


Design/make slippers (2 wks)

Garage  Band

Recorder Magic – Instrument tuition

Listening: Beethoven Moonlight Sonata

Charanga Unit: Glockenspiel Stage 3

Listening: Miklos Rosza Ben Hur Overture

Charanga Unit: Classroom Jazz Unit 1

Listening: Elgar Pomp and Circumstance

Charanga Unit: Classroom Jazz 2

Listening: Prokofiev Dance of the Knights

Hopscotch ipad coding / Coding 3a + 3b

Garage Band

How does the internet work? Introduction to Minecraft

Spreadsheets: data and formulae

Stop-motion animation

Different religious symbols & beliefs

The Muslim Prophet

Judaism – being Jewish

Why Christians Pray


Comparing Charities


Important things to us

Peer pressure











Pirate Stories – various

The Ghost of Graina O’Malley – Michael Morpurgo

The Marble Crusher – M. Morpurgo

The Suitcase Kid – J. Wilson

Journey to J’Burg – Beverley Naidoo

Secret Seven – Enid Blyton

In the Nick of Time – Robert Swindells

Room 13 – Robert Swindells

+ column method, - with money (£), time, tally charts

Perimeter, money/decimals, fraction equivalents, geometry

+/- fractions, x fractions, %, compare/order fractions and %, angles – measuring and drawing

+/- fractions, ratio/proportion, area /perimeter of compound shapes, volume, algebra


Y3 Great Bridge

Y4  Invasion

Y5 Chocoholics

Y6 The Final Frontier

Explain what different parts of flowering plants do

Explore the requirements of plants for life and growth and how they vary from plant to plant

Investigate the way in which water is transported within plants

Explore the part that flowers play in the life cycle of flowering plants, including pollination, seed formation and seed dispersal


Explain that environments can change and that this sometimes means that living things are put in danger


Describe the differences in the life cycles of a mammal, an amphibian, an insect and a bird

Describe how some animals and plants reproduce

Explain that the kinds of living things that live on the Earth now are different from those that inhabited the Earth millions of years ago

Explain how fossils provide information about living things from millions of years ago

Explain that living things produce offspring of the same kind, but normally offspring vary and are not identical to their parents

Give examples of how animals and plants are adapted to suit their environment in different ways

Explain that adaptation may lead to evolution

Explain why humans and some animals have skeletons and muscles

Identify that animals, including humans, need the right types and amounts of nutrition and that they cannot make their own food; they get nutrition from what they eat

Show that living things can be grouped together in various ways

Explore and use classification keys to help group, identify and name a variety of living things

Describe the changes as humans develop, up to old age

Describe the movement of the Earth, and other planets, relative to the Sun in the solar system

Describe the movement of the Moon relative to the Earth

Describe the Sun, Earth and Moon as approximately spherical bodies

Explain day and night, and the apparent movement of the sun across the sky, using the idea of the Earth’s rotation

The history of Great Bridge


The Mayans

Ancient Greece

Local Study – physical and human features of Great Bridge


Rainforests – similarities and differences between UK location and South America

World Migration – linked to map skills and current affairs


Seascapes: movement / texture


Space scenes – free media


Design/make Longboat

Design/make biscuits

Design/make - rockets

Garage  Band

Recorder Magic – Instrument tuition

BBC Viking Saga Songs

Listening: Wagner Ride of the Valkyrie

Charanga Unit – Stop!

Listening: John Williams Indiana Jones theme music

Charanga Unit Fresh Prince

Listening: Holst The Planets

Using email and school social media

Garage Band

Film making using ipads

ICT multi-disciplinary project

Minecraft Computer Craft


Values – Christian & Humanist

Religious buildings

Stories from the Bible

The impact of belief in life

Fear and Loneliness



New starts at high school



Athletics basics


Tag Rugby


Tag Rugby


Sam’s Spitfire Summer – Ian MacDonald

Adolphus Tips – Michael Morpurgo

Eyeball Soup – Ian MacDonald

How to Train a Dragon – Cressida Cowell

The Butterfly Lion - Morpurgo

The Twits / The Magic Finger / Charlie and the Chocolate Factory - Roald Dahl

Boy in the Striped Pyjamas–J.Boyne

Eyes of the Alien – Pete Johnson

Compass directions, cords, +/- column methods, money

Angles, positive and negative numbers, 2d/2d shape, venn/carroll diagrams

Money, area/perimeter, averages, ratio, squared, cubed and prime numbers

Probability, ratio, proportion, problem solving and life skills calculation – family budgets