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Our School Curriculum

At Sir Francis Drake, we teach using a thematic approach, which brings learning to life through exciting, child friendly topics supported by the Dimensions Curriculum. 

Topics are designed to meet National Curriculum coverage for the arts and foundation subjects, with practical ideas to develop and apply English and mathematical skills in the context of fun and dynamic cross-curricular lessons.

Our pupils are thoroughly engaged as they tackle challenging and inspiring topics and issues.

Our curriculum intent is to develop resilience, better communication and life skills within real-life contexts. Through the use of the Dimensions Curriculum we ensure knowledge is specific, as well as progressive.

Key vocabulary and terminology that are vital for developing learning and increased depth of understanding are embedded within the curriculum.

Children that know, understand and can apply this language across their learning are more able to use a variety of thinking skills and processes, such as collecting and interpreting data, spotting inference and seeking explanations.


The themes for 2021-22 for each year group can be accessed below 


Year 1 

Year 2 

Year 3 

Year 4 

 Year 5

 Year 6

Geography curriculum and progression framework

 History curriculum and progression framework

  Science curriculum and progression framework

 PHSCE curriculum and progression framework

French curriculum and progression framework

PE curriculum and progression framework

Art curriculum and progression framework

 Design and Technology curriculum and progression framework

Music curriculum and progression framework

Computing curriculum and progression framework 

RE curriculum and progression framework