At Upton, subjects that were previously taught separately, namely History, Geography, Art, Design Technology and Science, are integrated together into Topics rather than being taught discretely in order to make them more meaningful to the children.
At Upton our Core Values are integrated into our curriculum. They are:
Morality and Adaptability
Each Topic theme focuses on different core values and our Pupil of the Week is chosen based on these values.
The Upton Learning Process
There is a distinct learning process with every topic unit, providing a structured approach to make sure that children’s learning experiences are as stimulating and rigorous as possible.
Upton's Stunning Starts
The 'Stunning Start' launches every new topic unit.
It is an activity or event to immerse the children into the topic theme. The goal of the 'Stunning Start' is to get every child excited and engaged in the theme. It also provides a common platform so that every child has an experience to draw from as they progress through the topic.
The Knowledge Harvest takes place at the beginning of the unit
This gives teachers the chance to find out what the children already know, what they want to learn about the theme and how they would like to learn, ensuring that children are leading their learning wherever possible. Many teachers create a mind-map during the Knowledge Harvest and add to the original mind-map throughout the unit to demonstrate to the children how their learning is progressing. This also helps children to see how what they are learning connects to what they already know. This approach also provides opportunities for the teacher to challenge original knowledge if it is inaccurate.
The Big Picture and Explaining the Theme
The Big Picture provides teachers with factual information that will support them during the unit of work. Explaining the Theme involves the teacher helping the children to see the ‘Big Picture’ of the theme before starting out on the learning tasks; preparing and exciting the children for what’s ahead.
Subject Research Activities
Each topic theme is designed to make sure that children can access information in a way that is appropriate to them. Many of the research activities are experiential, exploratory, collaborative research activities applying group working skills. Others are designed to develop individual enquiry and resilience.
The subject recording activities are tasks in which children process the information they have gained in their subject research activities. The recording activities have been written to ensure that children have the chance to process and present their research through the full range of their multiple intelligences.
A 'Fabulous Finish' completes the unit.
This may be an event that the learning has been building towards, or an exhibition, display, performance or activity that incorporates learning from the unit. This activity helps children to draw on all their learning from the unit, reminding them of all the connections between subjects that they have made, and creating time and opportunity to build their understanding of their learning. It often involves parents and celebrates the learning that has been achieved.
Please click below for an overview of the learning in each year group