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To meet the requirements of the National Curriculum, all classes in Key Stage 1 and 2 follow some pre-planned topics.

Our long term plans indicate when the topics begin and what type of ‘TWT’ (Two Week Topic/Three Week Topic) it is.


The ‘topic-based’ approach to the curriculum which we follow at Sharp Lane Primary means that wherever possible, we group our subjects around a broad theme. The topics we choose depend on three factors:

  • the content set out in the National Curriculum for each of the subjects
  • the interests and needs of the children
  • the core values of our school and our goal to be a happy and healthy place to learn


The National Curriculum sets out the minimum content. At Sharp Lane Primary, we make sure children learn lots of additional skills, knowledge and understanding. For example:

  • we offer a range of after-school clubs and opportunities to learn a musical instrument – these extra-curricular activities go beyond the statutory requirements
  • if a class or group show an interest in a particular subject, teachers will try to include this in the school year
  • current local / national or international events can provide a great basis for learning – the Tour de France coming to Yorkshire was a good example
  • importantly, higher attaining children are not restricted by the National Curriculum and have worked collaboratively with other local schools to challenge themselves


Not all subjects can naturally ‘fit’ within a topic and so these subjects are usually taught in a discrete way. Religious Education does not usually link with a topic and so it’s taught separately.  Not everything in Maths links effectively with a topic and so this often runs separately, but links are made whenever possible.


Problem-solving and thinking skills: Another aim of our teaching is to build children’s confidence to investigate and find solutions to problems and to think for themselves. There are many ways to build up skills in this area. For example, we might do this through lots of positive reinforcement and encouragement, teaching step-by-step problem-solving techniques, and indirectly by using role-play or other realistic problems to reach agreement.


Click on the links below to see the 'end of year expectations 'in the core subjects for each year group: