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Similarities and differences

Healthy and happy friendships

Caring and responsibility

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Healthy bodies, healthy minds

Coping with change

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Different approaches to curriculum planning

Topics are designed to be delivered across a six-week block of lessons or half a term, but do not have to be delivered in a specific order or within a specific term – schools can choose when to teach these topics across the year as best suits their pupils’ and school’s needs, and their existing curriculum.

Teach the same topic across the whole school each term

This can be beneficial if a school wishes to focus on particular aspects of learning or topics as part of a whole-school approach, or to emphasise specific behaviours, values, vocabulary, etc. across the school. It can also help as a way to standardise or share planning approaches, or be a useful approach in smaller schools where year groups may be combined.

Autumn 1 Autumn 2 Spring 1 Spring 2 Summer 1 Summer 2
Healthy and happy friendships Similarities and differences Caring and responsibility Families and committed relationships Healthy bodies, healthy minds Coping with change
Plan to teach a different topic for each year group

Each school can plan this differently, depending on a variety of factors. If taking this approach, planning co-ordinators should familiarise themselves with the general content of each topic, to decide in which term topics might be best suited to each age group.

The school in the example below has planned to deliver Coping with change in the second half of the summer term at Y6, as this is when pupils are also preparing for a transition to secondary school. In Y1, it has planned to start with Caring and responsibility, to help pupils manage the changes that come with moving into KS1 by focusing on who looks after them and who they can go to for help if they need it.

  Autumn 1 Autumn 2 Spring 1 Spring 2 Summer 1 Summer 2
Y1 Caring and responsibility Families and committed relationships Healthy and happy friendships Similarities and differences Healthy bodies, healthy minds Coping with change
Y2 Healthy and happy friendships Families and committed relationships Caring and responsibility Similarities and differences Coping with change Healthy bodies, healthy minds
Y3 Coping with change Healthy bodies, healthy minds Families and committed relationships Caring and responsibility Similarities and differences Healthy and happy friendships
Y4 Families and committed relationships Caring and responsibility Healthy bodies, healthy minds Coping with change Similarities and differences Healthy and happy friendships
Y5 Healthy and happy friendships Caring and responsibility Families and committed relationships Healthy bodies, healthy minds Coping with change Similarities and differences
Y6 Healthy bodies, healthy minds Similarities and differences Caring and responsibility Families and committed relationships Healthy and happy friendships Coping with change

Is your school ready for the statutory curriculum change?

In a recent survey conducted by @TeacherTapp, 60% of the 5,000 teachers surveyed said they felt unprepared for teaching the new RSE Curriculum. Hear from Andrew Hammond, Senior Director of Learning at Discovery Education (and previous Head Teacher) as he shares his thoughts on the curriculum changes for primary schools.

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