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What (and How) Are Our Children Learning?


Phonics is taught across the school using Letters and Sounds as a guide.


We use Reading Schemes: Oxford Reading Tree and Collins Big Cat and have just purchased a large quantity of new reading books from Rising Stars.


KS1 - KS2 Curriculum Map










Myself and Other Animals

~Let’s get scientific and find out how humans and other animals use their senses.

Around the world

~Take a trip on an aeroplane and discover the similarities and differences between Uganda and Oldswinford.

All Aboard

~Over and under the sea, finding out about the Titanic and our local history links.

Design, make and evaluate a boat.

One small step.......

Moon Landings & Space Travel

~The space race from Neil Armstrong to Tim Peake.

Once Upon A Time

~Follow the Jolly postman as he delivers our letters to fairy tale characters.

A walk in the park!

~Find out about Mary and Ernest Steven and meet our own Percy the park keeper.


A Twist in The Tale

~ Let’s take a traditional tale and mix it up using our imagination and role play.


Ice, ice baby

~ Find out about the coldest places on the planet and some of the amazing creatures who live there!

Feel the heat

~We'll learn an African tale and we will travel to some of the hottest destinations on Earth.

The Owl and The Pussycat

~ Come with us as we go on a boat across the sea to the land where the Bong-tree grows.



~ Paintbrushes at the ready! This artistic topic will release your creative flair as you experiment in a world of colour.


Our Wonderful World

~ Let’s explore minibeasts and plants as we discover the awe and wonder of our world!


Bright, Bright Light

~ An exploration of light sources, shadows and reflection.


Lights, Camera, Action

~ Amateur dramatics, here we come! Year 3 take to the stage.

Building Bridges

~ Stiffening, strengthening and reinforcing structures. Whose bridge can withstand the weight?

Rock On!

~ A journey to the centre of the Earth, conducting experiments on rocks along the way.



Royal Rascals

~ A detailed look at Tudor Monarchs from Henry VII to Elizabeth I, including music, art and dance from the era.


‘Up the cut’

~ How the industrial revolution impacted the Black Country -  industries, transport and canals.



Food, Glorious Food

~ A tasteful yet healthy journey of our food on its pathway from farm to fork.

Use The Force

~ A Science based adventure to a galaxy far, far away which allows us to explore the power of forces.

From Caves to Columns

~ A journey through time exploring how lives changed with the arrival of the Romans.

Read All About It~ The latest news stories, hot off the press straight to your device.

From The Flames

~ A study of the local glass industry including a fiery dose of dragonology.

Into The Forest

~ Exploring the differences and similarities of forest around the world and listening to the tales of the trees along the way.


Space- The Final Frontier

~An exploration of our solar system from the Sun to its outer reaches.

Egypt: The Gift of The Nile

~ Discovering and understanding the legacy left by the Ancient Egyptians.

Magnificent Maya ~

Cutting through the rainforests in search of lost Mayan artefacts and temples.

Cracking Contraptions

~ Fantastical machines that travel through time and make housework less of a chore.


Healthy Planet



Keep The Home Fires Burning

~ An investigation of the life of children who were evacuated from the cities during WWII.


What did the Ancient Greeks do for us?

~ ​A look at myths, ideas and relics of the past left to us by the Ancient Greeks.



~ Exploring the novel by Katherine Rundell which takes us to the heart of Paris.​


Buried Treasure

~ The Saxon Hoard, and what it tells us about Anglo-Saxon life

Invading and Building

~ A technology project of building a Viking settlement.

Growing and Changing

~ Human Lifecycles, reproduction, inheritance and genetics.

The Big Bang and other Explosions

~ How the Earth was made and is still changing: volcanoes and earthquakes.


For further information, please see the year group links at the bottom of this page.




At Oldswinford, we have adopted Pie Corbett’s ‘Talk for Writing’ as a model to improve achievement in writing. ‘Talk for Writing’ advocates that children imitate the key language needed for a particular genre orally, before reading and analysing it. Through fun activities they rehearse retelling the text, then through shared and guided writing they are shown how to craft their writing in the same style. The approach includes imitation, innovation and independent application (invention).



Our "Oldswinford" Curriculum


The implementation of the new curriculum in September 2014 gave schools the freedom to personalise part of their curriculum. As such, with only part of the what we teach being dictated by the government, we have included some unique elements which we believe meet the particlular needs of our children. We call this the 'Oldswinford Curriculum' the main features of which are:


*Global Citizenship developing our pupils' responsibilities as global citizens, including our work with Fair Trade.
* Values Education​ maximising the impact of our values work in worship across every area of our learning and our lives;

* Local Heritage where we study, celebrate and appreciate​ the richness of the history and culture in and around Stourbridge;

* Christian Community encouraging our pupils to take our Christian ethos out into the community by raising money for charity, donating their time and sharing their talents.​

For the past few years, we have been developing and enriching our curriculum, striving towards a more meaningful, cohesive model as we believe children learn better when they are able to make connections between and across different subjects. It has allowed us to design a much more imaginative learning environment whereby rainforest lumberjacks ‘skype’ us from the Amazon to give us viewpoints for our discursive writing; when classes write and send invitations on helium balloons to aliens who leave their alien babies behind for the children to nurture; and children go back in time as WW2 evacuees, travelling in full costume, along with gas masks, on a steam train to create a living history. The richness and variety of the children’s experiences have resulted in high levels of engagement and a much greater impact on learning.



"Here we do music and art and lots of activities that help us to be more confident.

We learn skills that will help us later in life." LC, age 11.​






In school, each yer group follows the White Rose Maths scheme to sequence learning in their Maths lessons throughout each term.


Please see below, the overview for each year group to see which topics are taught when. 


In order to see how we teach each of the four operations: addition, subtraction, multiplication and division, please see our Calculation Policy for detailed examples and guidance. 

Believe, achieve and shine brighter together.