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Ivy Lane School

Ivy Lane School



We aim to equip our children with skills and knowledge through an engaging, meaningful and in-depth curriculum. At Ivy Lane, we want our children to embody the school’s ethos of ‘Learning for Life’ and develop a life-long appetite for learning. Therefore, the curriculum is designed to build on children’s prior learning, offer real life experiences and challenges, whilst also encouraging the children to develop their unique talents, interpersonal skills, resilience and become creative, critical thinkers.

We use our Ivy Lane values (see below) to stimulate positive attitudes to learning which reflect the values and skills needed to promote responsibility for learning and future success.


Value Learning

  • By being open-minded
  • By rising to challenges
  • By valuing different skills and knowledge

Value Others

  • By being a good team player (and citizen)
  • By caring and sharing
  • By respecting others (beliefs, ideas and feelings)

Value the Environment

  • By caring for our school
  • By appreciating the natural world
  • By respecting the local environment

Value Ourselves 

  • By looking after ourselves (including on the internet)
  • By having good manners & being honest
  • By trying our best



  • Having high expectations of all children in their learning
  • Promoting high standards of behaviour & the school values
  • Providing opportunities for parental partnership & involvement
  • Valuing high attendance
  • Offering a broad & balanced curriculum with a local, national & global focus
  • We have some whole school themes which are delivered at different levels and different focuses for different age groups.
  • Blocking some subjects to ensure we are giving quality time to embed the skills and knowledge
  • Aiming for all our children to be competent readers and read for pleasure
  • Harnessing technology to support learning
  • Promoting sports and healthy lifestyles
  • Teaching ‘Learning for Life’ skills
  • Giving all children the opportunity to experience the arts & the ‘natural world’
  • Utilising the local and wider community to encourage ‘out of class’ learning
  • Providing opportunities for all our pupils to be active citizens within the school & wider community

We are currently reviewing our curriculum. We are exploring what makes Ivy Lane special and we are working with other PAT schools to construct a curriculum localised and bespoke to our school, learners and families. We will approach this through an enquiry based learning which has a progressive framework to integrating the National Curriculum with new and big ideas of the 21st century.

Over the last term, there have been some changes to how we deliver our foundation subjects in Y1-6. We will now be focussing on different subjects in blocks throughout the year. This means that Geography, History, Art and Design will rotate in themes throughout the year.   

Your child’s current Theme is a geography theme with some enhancements from other subjects.

Here are the enquiry questions for each year group:

Year 1 – Where do the leaves go in winter? The knowledge mat for this Theme can be found here.

Year 2 – What is it like to live in Chippenham? The knowledge mat for this Theme can be found here.

Year 3 – How are rivers created? The knowledge mat for this Theme can be found here.

Year 4 – Why is London such a cool place to live? The knowledge mat for this Theme can be found here.

Year 5 – Why do we live here? The knowledge mat for this Theme can be found here.

Year 6 – Will you ever see the water you drink again? The knowledge mat for this Theme can be found here. 

Physical Education, Music, Computing, Religious Education, Science, French/Spanish and Personal Social and Health Education (PSHE) will continue to be taught discretely every week. You can see the discrete (weekly) teaching overview for each year group below. 

Year R Curriculum Map 

Currently being updated.

Year 1 Curriculum Map 

Currently being updated.


Year 2 Curriculum Map 

Currently being updated.


Year 3 Curriculum Map 

Currently being updated.

Year 4 Curriculum Map 

Currently being updated.


Year 5 Curriculum Map 

Currently being updated.

Year 6 Curriculum Map 

Currently being updated.