Primary School


Primary School


The curriculum at Gamesley School is rich, challenging and relevant. We deliver reading, writing and talking through a series of exciting and relevant topics across the curriculum. Each topic lasts for between 6 and 8 weeks and has 4 distinct stages.   

We begin each topic with by hooking the children in with a memorable experience. We then set the scene and provide the context for learning, ask questions to find out children's interests and spark children's curiosity using interesting starting points. 

We then develop the children's learning by teaching facts and information for deeper understanding and knowledge, giving them opportunities to demonstrate new skills and allow time for consolidation. Our curriculum also provides creative opportunities for making and doing.  

The third stage of each topic is when we provide imaginative scenarios that encourage creative thinking, enable children to apply previously learned skills, encourage enterprise and independent thinking and provide opportunities for collaborative working and problem solving.

Finally, each topic finishes with a series of lessons through which the children can express their learning. Teachers provide environments for reflective talk and create opportunities for shared evaluation. We also create many opportunities for families to come into school and 

celebrate and share children's success.

Underpinning the creative curriculum, we precision teach subject specific skills using a range of published materials. You can see the overview of this year's topics below and click on the tabs to find out more out our approaches to teaching each subject. 


Reception and Year 1

Do you want to be friends?

Friendship, Being Helpful, Similarities and Differences, People Who Help Us

Why do squirrels hide their nuts?

Seasonal Changes, Hibernation, Autumn Foods, Woodland Animals

Dinosaur Planet

Fact Files, Riddles, Narrative, Mary Anning, Continents and Oceans, Plants and Animals

Do Cows Drink Milk?

Where does food come from, Farm Animals, Growing Plants, Body Parts, Farm Machinery

Moon Zoom

Posters, Reports, adverts, Science Fiction, Design and Make Space Themed Vehicles, Mechanisms, Solar System, Materials

Rio de Vida

Poetry, Instructions, Myths and Legends, Postcards, Carnival Music, Percussion, Masks and Headdresses, Rio


Year 2

Wriggle and Crawl

English (Lists and leaflets, Instructions, Information Books, poetry), Science and Art

Towers, Turrets and Tunnels

English (Recounts, Reported Speech, Narrative, Letters, Posters), Design and Technology, Art, History and Geography

Muck, Mess and Mixtures

English (Labels, lists and captions, Recipes, Poetry, Narrative, Leaflets), Art and Design, computing and Science


English (Labels, lists and captions, Tongue Twisters, Narrative, Letters, Non-fiction Books) Science


Year 3

Tribal Tales

(Newspaper reports, Poetry, Journals, Debate, instructions), History (Prehistoric Britain) and Geography (Fieldwork)


English, Geography (Volcanoes and Earthquakes), Science (Rocks) and History (Pompei)


Gods and Mortals

English, History (Ancient Greece), Geography (Greece) and Art


English(Newspaper reports, Poetry, Journals, Debate, instructions), Geography (the water cycle), DT (Mechanics and Structures)


Year 4 and 5

Scream Machine

English (Poetry, Narrative, Adverts), Computing, DT and Science (Forces and Structures)



English (labels and instructions, letter writing, play scripts, non-chronological reports) and Science (States of matter)

Traders and Raiders

English (Reports, Character profiles, myths and legends, Poetry, Historical Narrative), History (Anglo Saxons), DT

Peasants, Princes and Pestilence

English (Narrative, Journals, Poetry, Persuasive speech, Letters), History (14thCentury England)


Year 6

Tomorrow’s World

English (blogs, Newspaper reports, Thriller narratives) and Computing


English (non-chronological reports, Historical fiction, Diaries) and History (The Victorians)

Frozen Kingdom

English (Chronological Report, Narrative, Diaries, poetry, Letter writing) and Geography (Polar Regions)

Blood Heart

English (Non-chronological reports) and Science

A Child’s War

English (Letters, Diaries, Persuasive Writing, Narrative, Speeches) and History (WW2)

Hola Mexico

English (invitations, postcards, instructions, Myths and Legends, Poetry), History (Mayans) and Music.