A journey through our Primary School's Units of Discovery

Unlocking knowledge and creativity

In today’s dynamic educational landscape, fostering curiosity, critical thinking, and creativity is paramount. At our primary school, we embrace this ethos through our innovative Units of Discovery, designed to engage young minds in meaningful inquiry and exploration. Through a carefully crafted curriculum, we aim to cultivate not only academic excellence but also a deeper understanding of the world and one’s place within it.

Our Units of Discovery are structured around overarching concepts that transcend traditional subject boundaries, promoting interdisciplinary learning and holistic understanding. Each unit is guided by a central ‘big idea,’ which serves as a thematic thread connecting diverse areas of study. By weaving together inquiry questions, key content, and tangible outcomes, our units encourage students to make connections, think critically, and approach learning with creativity and curiosity.

Kindergarten: Exploring the beauty around us

In our Kindergarten units, we delve into the concept of beauty, inviting children to explore and appreciate the world through different lenses. From discovering personal uniqueness to unravelling the wonders of colours and animals, each inquiry sparks curiosity and imagination. Through storytelling and creative expression, children learn to articulate their ideas and emotions while developing foundational skills for future learning.

Reception: Inspiring Wonder and Collaboration

As children transition into Reception, our focus shifts to inspiring wonder and collaboration. Through investigations into movement, minibeasts, and fantasy worlds, students learn the value of sharing ideas and working together. By fostering a spirit of inquiry and exploration, we nurture a sense of curiosity that lays the groundwork for future learning adventures.

Year 1: Embracing the Wonder of Discovery

In Year 1, our units prompt students to question, explore, and discover. From understanding how our senses work to travelling across the world, learning about continents, oceans and countries, each inquiry encourages students to engage with the world around them actively. Through hands-on activities and immersive experiences, children develop a deeper appreciation for the interconnectedness of knowledge and the joy of lifelong learning.

Year 2: Protecting and preserving our world

In Year 2, we shift our focus to the importance of protecting and preserving our environment. Through inquiries into animal conservation, waste management, and historical legacies, students explore their role as stewards of the planet. By instilling a sense of responsibility and environmental consciousness, we empower students to become agents of positive change in their communities and beyond.

Year 3: Embracing change and scientific inquiry

Year 3 units centre on the theme of change, prompting students to examine transformations in various contexts. From exploring healthy living habits to investigating geological phenomena, each inquiry fosters scientific inquiry and critical thinking skills. By encouraging students to question, observe, and experiment, we prepare them to navigate a rapidly evolving world with confidence and resilience.

Year 4: Exploring creative expression and historical narratives

In Year 4, our units delve into the power of creativity and historical narratives. From celebrating Belgian artists to unravelling the mysteries of ancient civilisations, students embark on a journey of discovery and self-expression. Through artistic exploration and historical inquiry, children gain insights into the rich tapestry of human experience and the enduring legacy of creativity throughout history. Their scientific journey also continues through the unit on forces; forces in nature, including earthquakes, and how forces shape our world.

Year 5: Pursuing endeavor and scientific exploration

Year 5 units revolve around the theme of endeavour, encouraging students to pursue excellence and scientific exploration. From examining early human achievements to exploring the role of science in shaping our world, each inquiry fosters a spirit of curiosity and innovation. By engaging in hands-on experiments and critical analysis, students develop essential skills for problem-solving and inquiry-based learning.

Year 6: Understanding power and transition

In Year 6, our units explore the concept of power and transition, prompting students to reflect on their place in the world and the challenges of change. From investigating political power dynamics to pondering the mysteries of the universe, each inquiry encourages students to grapple with complex questions and ethical dilemmas. By fostering empathy and critical awareness, we prepare students to navigate the complexities of adolescence and embrace the opportunities and responsibilities that lie ahead.

Curriculum planning and implementation

Our Units of Discovery are meticulously planned and implemented by curriculum leaders, ensuring alignment with the objectives of the English National Curriculum. Through a structured pro-forma, our teams consider various elements, including overarching concepts, values, content, outcomes, and assessment opportunities. By integrating inspirational texts, real-world experiences, and community engagement, we create a rich learning environment that inspires curiosity, fosters creativity, and prepares students to thrive in an ever-changing world.

In conclusion, our Units of Discovery embody our commitment to unlocking knowledge and creativity, empowering students to explore, inquire, and innovate. By embracing interdisciplinary learning and fostering a spirit of inquiry, we cultivate lifelong learners who are equipped to make meaningful contributions to their communities and the world beyond.

Read all about our Units of Discovery in BSB’s Primary Curriculum Guide.

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