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." 

Summer 1 Topic: "Animals"  

Spring 2 Topic: "Food and Growing" Growth Mind Map Sp2 pdf.pdf

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: http://www.foundationyears.org.uk/eyfs-statutory-framework



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

Summer 2 Topic: 

Summer 1 Topic: How 'great' was the great fire of London? Y1 Su1 19.pdf

Spring 2 Topic: Where are we and how do we know where we are going? Y1 Sp2.pdf

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



Year 2 Curriculum overview: 2018 to 2019 CurriculumYear 2.pdf

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

Summer 1 Topic: "Where do we come from? - London and New Delhi, the same or different?" Y2 Su1 19.pdf

Spring 2 Topic: "Our Beautiful World." Key books include "Jack and the Baked Beanstalk" Y2 Sp2.pdf

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



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

Summer 1 Topic: Rivers - where are rivers and how important are they to us? Y3 Su1 19.pdf

Spring 2 Topic: Ancient Greece - how were the ancient Greeks different from us?  In English, pupils will be reading Greek myths and fables.  Click for information. Y3 Sp2.pdf

Spring 1 Topic: Our European neighbours - a geography focused topic that teaches pupils about the countries of Europe. 

The key books for Spring 1 will draw on traditional stories from European authors, inluding the Grimm brothers' Fairy Tales

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:

SATS: https://www.theschoolrun.com/KS1-SATs-in-2018



Year 3