Ireland Wood Primary School
Immerse, Inspire, Include

Curriculum

Immerse     Inspire     Include

Our Immersive Learning curriculum is built upon inspirational teaching and learning opportunities that allow children to learn in a way that motivates and interests them. We believe in a hands on, immersive approach to learning; one that ignites curiosity and stimulates a sense of engagement. When children leave our school they will have experienced a quality education which has broadened their horizons, developed their all-round potential and given them the view that education is an enriching and enjoyable lifetime process.

The children will learn many subjects under one umbrella; we call this ‘Immersive Learning’. Our Immersive Learning approach combines the Foundation Subjects (such as History, Geography, Art, Design & Technology, Computing, RE, MFL, PE, PSHE and Music) with Core Subjects such as English, and Maths and Science where possible. We teach PSHE using 'You, Me, PSHE' and  R.E is taught using the Leeds agreed syllabus, 'Believing and Belonging.'  In Key Stage One and Key Stage Two, the Curriculum is based on the 2013 National Curriculum, ensuring the statutory requirements are met.  We also use Focus Education (Essential Learning) to ensure that there is clear progression in knowledge, skills and understanding. 

All Foundation Subjects are taught on a two-year rolling cycle; Cycle A and Cycle B. This year, we are teaching using Cycle A. Topics are taught in Key Stages to ensure full coverage of the National Curriculum. Reception are taught using a one year cycle. The children are fully immersed in a topic for a whole term. Through acquiring key knowledge, skills and understanding, the children become ‘experts’ in that topic. Under each subject page you will find the subject Long Term Plan, detailing the coverage and progression across the school. 
 

There are so many benefits to organising our curriculum in this way, including:

  • giving children the necessary skills to be successful independent and motivated learners for now and in readiness for the next stage of their education.
  • building specialist vocabulary into daily lessons; ensuring all subjects (not just Reading, Writing and Maths) are given the same value and status; and making links between subjects and our daily lives.
 
Throughout the topics the children will be exposed to many different experiences. They may go on an educational visit or have visitors into school. We also make use of our local area and like to visit local businesses and communities. Some of our visits this year have included; Skipton Castle and York Chocolate Factory! We have also had visits from James Nash and have taken part in a Mayan Workshop. 
 
Whole - School Curriculum Overview  (Cycle A)
 
                                                                  Autumn Term                                                               
                                    Key Stage One (Year 1 & 2) - Once Upon A Time...          
                                 Lower Key Stage Two (Year 3 & 4) - Marvellous Mayans              
                               Upper Key Stage Two (Year 5 & 6) - World War 1                           

                                                              Spring Term                                                               
                                    Key Stage One (Year 1 & 2) - Fire Fire!                                   
               Lower Key Stage Two (Year 3 & 4) - Deep In The Rainforest / The Romans          
        Upper Key Stage Two (Year 5 & 6) - Watery World!

                                                             Summer Term                                                               
                                        Key Stage One (Year 1 & 2) - Oceans and Seas!                        
                     Lower Key Stage Two (Year 3 & 4) - Roaming Romans!                   
       Upper Key Stage Two (Year 5 & 6) - Groovy Greeks!   



Immersive Learning In Action!

Please have a look at photographs below, demonstrating Immersive Learning in action across school! There are also some more photographs on the class pages and the subject pages. 

               

     

Visits and Visitors! 

Have a look at some photographs of the educational visits that we have been on so far this year! There are also some photograhs of the amazing visitors that we have had into school! Many more to come!