Sandown School

Sandown Primary School

Sandown Primary School
Thomas Becket

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.

Online support and guidance:

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


(Funny Bones)


Readable Rhymes

looking at lots of different poems and authors

Space invaders






Who’s afraid of...?

(The three little wolves and the big bad pig)

Inspire, Challenge and Succeed

(Fly Eagle Fly)

Perplexing Pyramids

(The time travelling cat and the Egyptian Goddess)

A Wartime Childhood

(The Lion and the Unicorn)

Term 2

Something Special

(Elmer the Elephant)

The Jolly Christmas Postman

(The Jolly Postman)

Princesses and Dragons

(Princess and the white bear King)

What makes a rainforest?

(The Great Kapok Tree)

Shocking Systems

(Science Texts)

Violent Volcanoes


The Blitz

(Rose Blanche)

Term 3

Fabulous Fairy Tales

(Traditional Tales and Rhymes)

Fire and Ice

(The King of the Polar Bears and other stories)

Wacky Walliams


What did cavemen wear for pants?

(UG Boy Genius)

Groovy Greeks


To Infinity and Beyond

(George's Secret Key to the Universe)

Extreme Environments

(Ice Trap - Ernest Shackleton)

Term 4

Out of This World

(Roaring Rockets)

Walk the Plank

(The Pirates Next door)

Savannah Safari

(One day on our blue planet…In the savannah)

What am I?

(I was Rat)

Wonderful World

(The Paper Bag)

Astonishing Africa

(Tinga Tinga Tales)  

Vile Victorians


Term 5

Spring Watch

(Stanley’s Stick)

Dangerous Dinosaurs

(Harry and the Bucketful of Dinosaurs)

SIA Sandown Investigating Agents

What makes a Hero? 

 (Traction Man )

Rotten Romans

(Information Texts)


CSI - Crime Scene Investigation

(London Eye Mystery) 

The Arrival

Term 6

Yellow Submarine

(Smiley Shark)

Our wonderful World

Amazing inventions

Who’s the King of the castle?

Sound of the Underground

(Information texts)

What's the Deal?

(World Texts)


(Charlie and the Chocolate Factory)

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

The topics this year will be:

Term 1 - London. To 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.




Term 4 - Festivals

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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.




Term 6 - The World