A Curriculum that Inspires Excellence

Ark Byron Primary Academy is committed to providing a curriculum that inspires and excites our pupils to achieve excellence and motivates them to succeed.


Ark Byron's curriculum is based on the National Curriculum and:

  • Uses as its starting point, a humanities, science or British values-linked topic each half term, with the aim of providing motivating and inspiring subject matter, 
  • Provides a body of knowledge to allow the pupils to flourish in the future,
  • Promotes our school values of Exploration, Endeavour and Excellence,
  • Integrates Reading and other subjects with the topic so that there is a holistic, cross curricular approach that is relevant and meaningful,
  • Aims to excite our pupils’ love for learning and creativity,
  • Teaches lifeskills such as debate, teamwork and leadership e.g. through P4C philosophy, and links to real life (e.g. through our Skills Builder/Enabling Enterprise projects),
  • Builds pupils' character and citizenship,
  • Makes learning “irresistible” through enriching experiences; such as the regular trips out of the academy, learning outdoors, motivating experiences and inspiring visits


Being mindful of how pupils learn, our curriculum subjects interlink when possible so that children can have plenty of opportunities to revisit knowledge in different contexts, and move knowledge gained to long term memory.

Please see the individual subjects for more information or read below for details of the Reception, Year 1 to Year 3 curriculum.



In Reception, your child will follow the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum.  At Ark Byron we initally focus on the Prime Areas of learning (Communication and Language, Physical Development and Personal and Social Development) in order to ensure children have a sound foundation for future learning and are ready for the next steps in Literacy and Maths, as well as learning the beginnings of science, humanities, personal, social and health education, computing, art and music. All children receive a phonics lesson daily to promote rapid progress in reading

There is information about  home learning in the right hand column of the Overview and the highlighted sections are ways that you can support your child's learning (either by bringing in resources or by doing activities at home) . This is not obligatory but gives ideas how you can enrich your child's learning each week. The home learning that we expect children to complete is on the home learning page.

Summer 2 Topic: "Journeys." Please click for information. Mind map Journeys.pdf

Summer 1 Topic: "Animals"   Spring 2 MTP Parents.pdf  (Apologies this is Summer 1) MIND MAP Animals 2018.pdf

Spring 2 Topic: "Growing"

Spring 1 Topic: "Space" Please click for information. Spring 1 MTP Parents PDF.pdf

Autumn 2 Topic:  "Celebrations" Please click for information. MTP Autumn 2 2017 For website.pdf

Autumn 1 Topic:  "All About Me" MTP Autumn 1 2017 PDF for website_.pdf

Please click for the Maths programme of study. Year R Mastery PoS 2017-18 final.doc

For more information on assessments please follow this link:



Year 1 Curriculum overview:  2018 to 2019 YEAR 1 Curriculum map.pdf

Summer 2 Topic: "How do we know it is summer?"  Y1 Su2.pdf

Summer 1 Topic: Who showed more courage - Captain James Cook or Jacques Cousteau? History and geography The key books include "The Snail and the Whale" by Julia Donaldson Y1 Summer1 Topic web.pdf

Spring 2 Topic: "Shall we go to the Park?" Geography.  The key books include "Little Red Riding Hood,"  "Claude in the City."

Spring 1 Topic: Was it more fun to be a child when your Grandparents were young? History. Year 1 SPRING 1 TOPIC MTP TOYS.docx

Autumn 2 Topic: How do we know about dinosaurs? Science and history. Fossils and Mary Anning.  The key books are Dinosaur Diaries by Julia Donaldson and The Fossil Girl by Catherine Brighton. Y1 A2 18.pdf

Autumn 1 Topic: What do you know about Britain? British values and geography - learning about the different countries in the UK. The key book is "Small Knight and George" by Ronda Armitage. Please click for more information. Y1 A1.pdf




Please click for more details on the Maths for Autumn 2017. Year 1 Mastery PoS 2017-18 final.docx



Year 2 Curriculum overview2018 to 2019 CurriculumYear 2.pdf

Summer 2 Topic: "Queen Victoria or Queen Elizabeth II's Britain - which would you prefer to live in?" Y1 Su2.pdf

Summer 1 Topic: "Where do we come from? - London and New Delhi, the same and different?" The key books include traditional Indian stories. Y2 Su1.pdf

Spring 2 Topic: "Our Beautiful World." Key books include "Jack and the Baked Beanstalk"

Spring 1 Topic: "The History of Communication": comparing the impact of William Caxton and Tim Berners-Lee. The key books include Charlotte's Web by E.B. Nesbitt. Year 2 Spring 1 Topic web.pdf

Autumn 2 Topic: "Climate Around the world": The key books are "Ice Trap" by Meredith Hooper and "The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe" by CS Lewis Y2 Aut 2 Climates.pdf

Autumn 1 Topic: "The History of Flight" The key books are "Around the world in 80 days" by Jules Verne (abridged) and "Pigs Might Fly" by Michael Morpurgo.

The Autumn 1 topic web shows an outline of what children will be learning and gives some ideas how you can enrich your child's learning.Topic web:Y2 A1.pdf


Please click for more details on the Maths for Autumn 2017.  Year 2 PoS 2017-2018 final.docx



Year 3 Curriculum Overview: 2018 to 2019 Curriculum Year 3.pdf

Autumn Topic: Prehistory - the Stone Age to the Iron Age in Britain Key books include "BOOOM" by  Alan McDonald, The secrets of Stonehenge Mick Manning,The Stone Age tablet Andrew Langley. Please click for more information. Autumn 1 Y3 A1.pdf

Key books for Autumn 2 include "Stig of the Dump" by Clive King. Autumn 2 Y3 A2.pdf



To find out more about the curriculum please ask us or follow the links below:

General information:


Year 1:

Year 2:


Year 3