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The Poplars Curriculum                  The biggest ideas

            1. Faces, spaces, places

   People on the move (migration); personal histories; homes and journeys; Tyrants and conquest.  The relationships between and the   

   interconnectedness of individuals and civilizations, from local and global perspectives.

  The nature of the self; beliefs and values; personal, physical, mental, social and spiritual health; human relationships including

  families, friends, communities, and cultures; rights and responsibilities; and what it means to be human.

               2. Express to impress, create to communicate

 The ways in which we discover and express ideas, feelings, nature, culture, beliefs and values; the ways in which we reflect on, extend  

  and enjoy our creativity;

 our appreciation of the aesthetic and the value of artistic expression. Role models through time and place.


       3. Discoveries and making sense of our world

  The natural world and its laws; the interaction between the natural world (physical and biological) and human societies; how  

  humans use their understanding of scientific principles; and the impact of scientific and technological advances on society and  

  on the environment


                 4. One planet to share, care for and make fairer

  The interconnectedness of human-made systems and communities; the structure and function of organizations; societal decision- 

   making; economic activities and their impact on humankind and the environment

 To look at rights and responsibilities in the struggle to share finite resources with other people and with other living things;

  communities and the relationships within and between them; access to equal opportunities; peace and conflict resolution.




The biggest whole school GROW events in 2022-23

Work created will be collated and displayed (during the following half term)


GROW values focus

Poplars Biggest Ideas

Communication and Expression Curriculum team 

STEM team

Global education and character development 

Autumn 1

Black History Month -

Express to impress, create to communicate


Faces, places and spaces


Inspired by the book: “Black History: Discover Amazing People”

Speaking event open to all pupils to deliver speeches on the role models outlined in this book,

Autumn 2

Human Rights Day (10 December)

One planet to share, care for and make fairer

Visual Voices - we will create a virtual art gallery with schools in the NPDL European and South African cluster.

Pupils will create artwork in response to a human Right. Linked work will involve personal reflections as to why the Right is so important to them.


Spring 2 

World Happiness Day 

One planet to share, care for and make fairer


The focus will be around 'The gift of giving'.  Discussions to take place around how selfless acts (strong focus on no monetary value) can make not only those who are receiving happy but also those who are giving.   The book - What is given from the heart by Patricia McKissak https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ENL_S1RdIpA  is a story about a boy who has no money to give but wants to help a class friend who has lost everything in a fire.  He writes a book all about her for her to enjoy as he remembers a book that has brought him alot of happiness. 

This will  lead into appropriate conversations around sustainability and upcycling. 

Spring 2

World Book Day 

Express to impress, create to communicate

Whole school text: cross curricular work created in response to the shared text.

Summer 2 

International Poplars Farm Week 

One planet to share, care for and make fairer


Why waste the world's water?  Classes will look into different countries and explore how they save water. To involve our International partners.















Previous whole school GROW events

A collaborative art piece by Willow Class (Year 4) in response to the song 'Colours' by the Black Pumas

Colours BHM(1)
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