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The Curriculum at Abbotsbury

At Abbotsbury we seek to make creative links between curriculum subject areas and make learning enjoyable and relevant for our children.

We promote independent learning and the development of thinking skills. Much of the children’s learning centres around cross-curricular topics. We have recently begun to use a new curriculum, which is called The Inspire Curriculum and is based upon the model created by Cornwall Learning.

This curriculum covers all the programmes of study in the most recent National Curriculum and is organised into a series of exciting and motivating topic areas, which change every four weeks. We use a variety of teaching methods and allow the children to benefit from learning in different styles and environments. We encourage the use of visits to different places, such as museums, galleries, the theatre and outdoor spaces to widen the children’s experiences and to involve them in their own learning. We also arrange for many visitors to work with us in school.

The children have responded very positively to our new approach to the creative curriculum and particularly enjoy our topics and special themed weeks (e.g. International Airport Week, Multi-cultural Week, Book Week).

The Inspire Philosophy

We believe the primary school should be a safe and wonderful place where children want to be:

where learning happens both within and outside of the classroom.

Children will be encouraged to enjoy life whilst at school and discover their fascinations.

Whatever their background they will learn how to shape their own futures and develop their unique capacities and skills rooted in their own interests. They will learn the literacy and numeracy skills needed for life and necessary to progress in their education. They will be encouraged to be curious and use thinking skills to innovate, be creative and problem solve. They will develop their first understandings of employment and entrepreneurship.

A primary education should set up learners for life, with the knowledge and skills to be well-rounded individuals, mentally and physically healthy, with an appreciation for and a generosity toward the people, the world and the universe around them.

(Inspire Curriculum, Cornwall Learning)

The Inspire Curriculum Commitment

The Inspire Curriculum is committed to:

  • Achievement and success
  • Learning and life skills
  • Creative thinking, innovation and enterprise
  • Learning through exploration
  • Stretch and challenge
  • Developing working memory
  • Creativity
  • Independent and learner-led learning
  • Collaborative learning
  • Outdoors and nature
  • Applied learning
  • Authentic tasks with a real audience
  • FUN and positive emotional links

To download this information please click on the link below

Here is an overview of the topics for each year group from Y1-6

Year    Autumn Term Spring Term Summer Term 
Year 1 The Big Build Who am I? Let’s Celebrate! Posting and Places To the Rescue The Potting Shed…Buried Treasure Brilliant Bodies



Where shall we go?
Year 2 What do I need to be me? Through the keyhole Flying High Blown Away Town Mouse, Country Mouse Sowing and Growing National Celebration – Two Queens


Places: Britain or Brazil?

Home and Away
Year 3 Why are humans animals too? Set in Stone? What’s the attraction? Art on your Doorstop Shake, Rock and Roll Around the World in 20 Days From Source to Sea What did the Romans do for us? Shadow dancers
Year 4 Where does my food go? Were the Dark Ages Dark? Batteries Included Dragons: Fact or Fiction? The Good, The Bad and The Ugly Sounding Off Amazing Amazon It’s a Small World A Place for Everything
Year 5 To the Stars The Ancient Greeks Poles Apart Fever, Fire and Fashion Round and Round No Way Back! Rites and Rituals Our Common-wealth The World is our Oyster
Year 6 Who is taking control? What’s happening now? A Voyage of Discovery Who’s the Mummy? Bombs, Battles and Bravery Angry Earth A time to Shine You Choose! You’re Hired!

To find more details of the content for each year group and individual topics, please check on the class information pages.

Certain areas continue to be taught and developed outside of topic work.