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Welcome to Ruskin Junior School

What's the 'Big Idea?'

It started with a spark...

The 'Big Idea', in a nutshell, is something that teachers and children are interested in and would like to find out more. The learning journey begins with the decision to study a particular topic; it might be dinosaurs, volcanoes, or even chocolate! What's important, is that the topic inspires the imagination and generates the sparks of curiosity. Once the Big Idea has been agreed upon, teachers plan together around this single central subject linking it to all other areas of the curriculum. This ensures that the curriculum is wholly cross-curricular and reduces the prospect of learning about abstract concepts. Whatever the children are learning, it is related to something that they are already familiar with and are hence much more able to learn. This approach also paves the way to study some truly inspirational and thought-provoking topics to galvinise learning in both teachers and children alike.

Below are the concept maps from which teachers create more detailed and focused planning. They are designed to highlight what the children will be learning over the course of the term and give you a flavour of what learning is like here at Ruskin Junior School:

Term 1

Year 3 Term 1: Farming

Year 4 Term 1: Lights, Camera, Action!

Year 5 Term 1: Vikings!

Year 6 Term 1: Rio; Spice up Your Life


Term 2

Year 3 Term 2: Farming: How has Farming Changed Over Time?

Year 4 Term 2; How has Technology Changed the Way we View Films?

Year 5 Term 2: Space; The Final Frontier

Year 6 Term 2: A Midsummer Night's Dream


Term 3

Year 3 Term 3: Rise of the Robots

Year 4 Term 3: Roaming Around!

Year 5 Term 3: It's a Disaster!

Year 6 Term 3: Holes


Term 4

Year 3 Term 4: Rise of the Robots (Part 2)

Year 4 Term 4: Still Roaming!

Year 5 Term 4: Treats in the Trees

Year 6 Term 4: Greatness is Measured by Kindness


Term 5

Year 3 Term 5: Walk Like an Egyptian

Year 4 Term 5: The Unexplained: The Truth is out There

Year 5 Term 5: Treats in the Trees Part II

Year 6 Term 5: End of Key Stage 2 SATs


Term 6

Year 3 Term 6: Treasures of the Tomb

Year 4 Term 6: The Unexplained - Part II

Year 5 Term 6: As Far as the Eye Can See...

Year 6 Term 6: Hakuna Matata!