Curriculum Design

Our curriculum design is one that is unique to John Wheeldon Primary Academy. We have three topics over the course of the year, one per term. This acts as an overriding theme for some our foundation subjects. Throughout each term there are two key values linking to our school PROUD motto. As a school community, we are proud of our wealth of local history and range of geographical features and aim to incorporate this within our topics as much as possible.

  • Each subject has an intent statement, topic overview, long term plan and a progression map detailing the end points of learning for each year group. These can be found on subject pages.
  • We have chosen two key themes each term that are explored further through our topics. These themes link to our overall school motto of PROUD and covers each of our key values. Perseverance and Respect in Autumn, Outstanding and Unique in Spring and Dynamic in Summer. Our Summer 2 theme is ‘Reflection’ linked to one of our school rules. We encourage our children to build on their understanding of these key values and how it is demonstrated through significant figures and global events.
  • Our ‘key themes’ link to BIG QUESTIONS – these are questions that will encourage our children to think about wider issues and impact of events on their lives today. We encourage thought about current and relevant issues that promote wider thinking and an application of our school values. Children will need to apply the knowledge they have acquired though each topic to give an informed answer, this can then be used as a form of assessment.
  • To support children’s learning of these topics they are provided with a knowledge organiser, these provide children with the key vocabulary and some ‘sticky knowledge’ facts. It also contains some resources that can be used to help enrich and support topic understanding both in school and at home. These can be found on the year group pages.
  • Assessment – Children are assessed on their learning through use of success criteria after each lesson, use of regular retrieval activities, use of pre and post assessments and use of ‘big questions’.

If you would like to find out more about our school curriculum and how we implement it, please contact and your request will be sent directly to our curriculum lead.


Curriculum Pupil Offer

We aim to enrich our curriculum by offering a wide variety of extra learning opportunities. Please click here to see what we offer for each year group

British Values

Please click here for our British values across the Curriculum

Proud Curriculum

Please click here to see how we link our PROUD values throughout the curriculum.



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