Garden Fields JMI School | Townsend Drive, St Albans, AL3 5RL | 01727 890440

Garden Fields JMI School | Townsend Drive, St Albans, AL3 5RL
01727 890440

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Garden Fields JMI School

Growing Hearts and Minds

Building children’s confidence, igniting a love of learning and creating wonderful memories

Part of the Alban Academies Trust
Sharing Educational Excellence

GFS Logo

Garden Fields JMI School

Growing Hearts and Minds

Building children’s confidence, igniting a love of learning and creating wonderful memories

Part of the Alban Academies Trust
Sharing Educational Excellence

CURRICULUM

Our Curriculum is organised into year group core topic themes using the Curriculum Maestro tools to ensure progression across children’s time at the school and ensure that learning whether it be skills or knowledge, is committed to long term memory. These topics are also supplemented by many other shorter topics in terms of time – this is to ensure that all the necessary objectives from the National Curriculum are covered. 

Our curriculum planning is also informed by the Jigsaw Scheme of Work for PSHE, the Herts Syllabus for Religious Education together with the accompanying Scheme of Work, the Purple Mash Scheme of Work for Computing and the P.E Passport Scheme of Work for Physical Education.

Core Topics for each Year Group

Reception

Core Topics: Me and My Community; Once Upon a Time; Starry Night; Ready, Steady Grow; Sunshine and Flowers, Big Wide World

Supplementary Topics: Exploring Autumn; Sparkle and Shine; Winter Wonderland; Puddles and Rainbows; Windows and Reflections; Splash!

Year 1

Core Topics: Dinosaur Planet; The Enchanted Wood; Moon Zoom; Paws, Claws and Whiskers; Bright Lights; Big City

Supplementary topics: What’s in a Bud? How do Leaves Change? Do Pine Cones Know it is Raining? What Keeps us Dry? How Does it Feel? What is Camouflage For? Can you Leap Like a Frog? What Can our Hands Do? Are all Leaves the Same? Taxi; Street View; Funny Faces and Fabulous Features

Year 2

Core Topics: Beachcombers; Land Ahoy; Muck, Mess and Mixtures; The Scented Garden; Towers, Tunnels and Turrets; Movers and Shakers

Supplementary Topics: How Many Arms Does an Octopus Have? Why do Boats Float? Can you Find the Treasure? What Shape is a Bubble? How is Mud Made? Which Stuff is Stickier? How Does Grass Grow? Can Seeds Grow Anywhere? What’s on Your Wellies? Where do Worms Like to Live? Can you Make a Paper Bridge?  How do Germs Spread? Still Life

Year 3

Core Topics: Mighty Metals; Predator, Scrumdiddlyumptious! Rocks, Relics and Rumbles; Ammonite; Through the Ages; Prehistoric Pots; Emperors and Empires; Mosaic Masters

Supplementary Topics: Can you block Magnetism; How Mighty are Magnets? What do Magnets Attract or Repel?  What does Friction Do?  What are Flowers For?  How do Fossils Form? What are our Joints For?  What do Owls Eat? Why are Trees Tall? How do Worms Move?  Which is the Juiciest Fruit?  Is it safe to Eat?  Why do Cat’s Eyes Glow at Night?  What are Sunglasses For?  Why Do Shadows Change?

Year 4

Core Topics: Core Burps, Bottoms and Bile!  Playlist; Potions; Misty Mountain, Winding River; Invasion; Ancient Civilisation

Supplementary Topics: How do Smells Get up Your Nose?  What is Spit For? How does Toothpaste Protect Teeth? What Conducts Electricity? Can you Make a Circuit from Playdough?  How do Plugs Work?  Are all Liquids Runny? Is Custard a Liquid?  How Does Pollution Affect Habitats?  Are all Sea Creatures the Same? Vista; Invasion; Warp and Weft; Tomb Builders

Year 5

Core Topics: Alchemy Island; Off with her Head; Scream Machine; Stargazers; Sow, Grow and Farm; Eat the Seasons; Ground-breaking Greeks; Architecture

Supplementary Topics: Can You Clean Dirty Water?  Which Materials Conduct Heat?  Do All Solids Dissolve?  Why Does a Compass Always Point North?  What Do Pulleys Do?  Why do Planets have Craters?  How Clean are your Hands?  How do Leavers Help Us?  How Does the Moon Move? How do Rockets Lift Off?  How do we Know the Earth is Round?  Can we Track the Sun?  Why are Zip-Wires so Fast?  How do Worms Reproduce? Do Dock Leaves Cure a Sting?  Why do Birds Lay Eggs?  What is the Life Cycle of a Mealworm? Do we Slow Down as We get Older?

Year 6

Core Topics: A Child’s War; Darwin’s Delights; Tomorrow’s World; Maffa

Supplementary Topics:  Can You Send a Coded Message? Why do Birds Have Beaks?  How Have Eyes Evolved? How Many Worms are Underground?  Why is Holly Prickly?  Where do Wild Plants Grow?  How Does Light Travel?  Can you See Through it? What Colour is a Shadow?  Can you Turn a Light Down?  What are Reflections?  Why are Things Classified?  Inuit; Trailblazers, Barrier Breakers