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Our Golden Threads

We have developed the concept of golden threads which run throughout all of the Areas of Learning and Experience (AoLE). These threads provide a context for all learning that encompasses all of the mandatory elements.

Our topics are arranged on a two-year cycle and these will be reviewed at the end of each year, decisions will be made about whether the topics are still suitable and meet all of the above requirements.

When planning our topics, we have ensured that they all meet the four purposes and that coverage of the AoLEs is comprehensive, cyclical and develops pupils understanding of all 27 of the Statements of what matters.


An example of how the Journeys thread worked throughout school:

Some of our classes worked with a partner year group (Year 1 and 2, Year 3 and 4, and Year 5 and 6) to plan their individual topics based on the whole school thread of Journeys.

  • Year 5 and 6 investigated Journeys into Space. This topic had more of a Science and Technology focus.

  • Year 3 and 4 investigated how and why Invaders and Settlers journeyed. This topic had more of a Humanities focus.

  • Year 1 and 2 investigated Farm to Fork and the journey that our food can take. This topic had a blend of Humanities and Science and Technology.

  • Reception looked at blend of different topics including journeys into space, the journey of a carrier bag in the oceans, the journey of food in the Little Red Hen, and vehicles. This work had a focus of Humanities, Science and Technology.


Pupils work continually through all of their topics on developing their literacy and mathematical skills.


Health and Well-being was developed through P.E and thinking about healthy food and healthy bodies, staying safe when we travel, who is important to us and many other activities.

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