Sandown School

The National Curriculum

In September 2014 the Government's new National Curriculum came into practice. At Sandown School we have been planning and teaching from this new curriculum since it was first released in draft form in September 2013. Below is a link to a parent's guide to the new curriculum.

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The Sandown Curriculum

At Sandown School pupils and staff are particularly proud of the exciting and engaging curriculum that we have. On this page you can see an overview of the exciting topics that happen throughout the year in each year group in Sandown School.

In brackets you will see the key text that accompanies each topic.

Click on the year groups to view the content of our school curriculum.


Year R

Year 1

Year 2

Year 3

Year 4

Year 5

Year 6

Term 1

All about Me

(Elmer, Traditional tales)


Joys of Julia

(The Everywhere Bear)

Princesses and Dragons

(Princess and the White Bear King, Cinderella)

Alternative Lives

(Into the Forest)

Groovy Greeks

(Theseus and the Minotaur, The Lightning Thief)

Ancient Egypt

(The Egyptian Cinderella)


(The Lion and the Unicorn)

Term 2



Autumn watch

(Gruffalo, Stickman, Stanley’s Stick)


Winter Wonderland

(The Emperor’s Egg)

Space Invaders



Travelling Through Time

(Stone Age Boy)


The Chronicles of Narnia

(The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe)


To Infinity and Beyond

(George's Secret Key to the Universe)


(Rose Blanche, Little Ships)

Term 3

Out of this World


(Aliens Love Underpants, Bob on the Moon)

Fire and Ice

(The King of the Polar Bears and other stories)

Wacky Walliams


Wishes and Dreams


Rotten Romans

(Asterix and Obelix)

Violent Volcanoes

(Escape From Pompeii)

Extreme Environments

(Ice Trap - Ernest Shackleton)

Term 4


(The Dinosaur that Pooped a Planet, Non-Fiction texts)

Devious Deal Discovered

(The Pirates Next door)

Savannah Safari

(One Day on our Blue Planet…In the Safari)

Under Attack!

( Beowolf, Michael Morpurgo)

What’s the Deal?


What’s The Deal?




Term 5

Spring Watch

(Yucky Worms)

Dangerous Dinosaurs

(Harry and the Bucketful of Dinosaurs)

Secret Agent Training

(Literacy Shed)

We are One

(Handa’s Surprise)

Rhyme and Reason

(The Nest Full of Stars)

London Eye Mystery

(London Eye Mystery) 


Term 6


(The Train Ride, Naughty Bus)

Our Wonderful World

(10 Ways to Save the World)

Witches and Wizards

(Witches, Hansel and Gretel)

Learning to Be

(How to Train your Dragon)

You’re a Firework…

(Firework Makers Daughter)

Astonishing Africa

(Tinga, Tinga Tales)

The Arrival and Chocolate!

(The Arrival)

Whole School Collaboration

Throughout the year the school will be involved in 3 whole school collaborative topics. Each topic will last for 2 weeks and focus on specific curriculum areas.

Some examples from themed weeks can be seen below.



With a focus on History, Art, Literacy and Computing.  


Look what we got up to!!

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We started the week with a Vintage bus tour.
Poet Brian Moses told London Inspired poetry and led workshops where the children wrote their own.



Everyone dressed for the occasion!
We had a historic tour of Deal and learnt about smuggling goods to London. The day finished off with a battle between the Romans and Celts on the beach!



We celebrated The London 2012 Olympics and had a visit from Paralympian Clare Harvey. 
Each Class studied a different period in history. The fortnight concluded with an open afternoon to celebrate our wonderful work with parents and carers.



Pupil Voice leaders led Art, drama and music sessions for their groups.





With a focus on Music, Art and Religious education

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We started the week with a music festival! Folk band, Green Diesel, opened the festival.


Children were voted by members of their class to take part in a Comedy Festival. Staff and children took to the stage in front of the whole school and told jokes and stories. The whole day was filled with fun and laughter.