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Our Curriculum

Our curriculum is based around themes linked to the new national curriculum.  A copy of the long term map showing those themes is available here.

Here are the Autumn themes:

Year 3 Autumn 1 Year 4 Autumn 1   Year 5 Autum 1   Year 6 Autumn 1

Year 3 Autumn 2     Year 4 Autumn 2   Year 5 Autumn 2   Autumn 2 – Year 6

Here are the Spring themes:

Year 3- Tremors       Year 4 – Spring1      Year 5 – Spring1      Year 6- Titanic

 Year 3 Spring2      Year 4 – Spring 2      Year 5 Spring 2       Year 6 Spring 2

Here are the Summer Themes

Flow- Yr 3    Year 4 – Blue Abyss    Alchemy Island    Year 6- Hola Mexico

Tribal tales- Yr 3    Year 4 – Playlist    Scream Machine Topic overview   Year 6 Summer 2

Year 6 perform a Leavers’ Concert every year to their parents and relatives.  It is always based on their history topic of Ancient Greece.

As a member of the Thinking Schools’ Academy Trust, we share the same aims across the trust which are to:

  • provide effective leadership of the curriculum at all levels
  • provide a flexible curriculum which meets and is responsive to our pupils’ needs, promotes thinking skills and encourages pupils’ creativity
  • help pupils enjoy learning and develop lively, enquiring minds, the ability to question and argue rationally and to apply themselves to tasks and physical skills
  • appreciate what is important to each child now and what they need to achieve new so that they will be ready for each further stage of their development and education.  Our curriculum is not just a preparation for “the future”.
  • ensure the curriculum promotes pupils’ acquisition of basic skills in literacy, numeracy, ICT and”thinking”.
  • ensure that all pupils access relevant high quality, first hand experiences
  • ensure that all pupils receive their full entitlement to the curriculum offered by the school
  • assess pupils’ work accurately and use the information to plan subsequent tasks by implementing the school’s Learning, Teaching and Assessment policies
  • ensure that planning, teaching and resources are matched to pupils’ prior attainment and to the targets set for them
  • provide well-planned activities that develop a range of learning styles
  • provide subject policies, including schemes of work, which cause planning to identify the key elements for each subject and help pupils acquire the knowledge and skills relevant to the NC and lifelong learning
  • help pupils to use and apply the skills and ideas they acquire in one subject to their work in other subjects
  • ensure the curriculum supports the 5 ECM outcomes
  • help pupils to understand the world in which they live, including the independence and interdependence of individuals, groups and nations, therefore encouraging community cohesion and responsible citizenship
  • instill respect for religious and moral values and tolerance of other races, religions and ways of life through promoting British values
  • help pupils appreciate human achievements and aspirations

The school follows the new National Curriculum.

Each term there is a “theme” that defines the work taught.  The theme has either a history, geography or science focus.  This year’s curriculum map is here and more examples will be uploaded when ready.


At Isambard, we are committed to giving every child the opportunity to participate in and enjoy a high quality of music education. We aim to engage and inspire pupils with a wide range of music making including singing, playing, performing, composing and listening. We have a dedicated specialist music teacher who delivers music lessons so all pupils have a full music lesson every week. Pupils also have the chance to play and perform on culturally diverse instruments such as the Indonesian Gamelan and African Djembe Drums.


We have adopted the DfE Assessment principles available here: Assessment_Principles.

Since the removal of levels, the school tracks progress using objectives from the new National Curriculum to see if children are at age expectation or not.

Teachers track pupils progress using an Excel spreadsheet that allows them to record if children have mostly achieved, nearly achieved or completely achieved objectives in reading, writing and maths.  These grades are transferred to our central data system called School Pupil Tracker.

Annual reports are produced in the Spring term giving parents and carers a chance to see their child’s progress and discuss targets for the rest of the year.

There are parents’ evenings every term to discuss children’s progress but any parent or carer with concerns should contact the school as soon as possible.

Our assessment policy is here.

Our Excel tracking sheet can be viewed here.

If you have any questions, require any further information about our school curriculum or require a paper copy of the information upon our website, please do not hesitate to contact us. Please see information on our contacts page.