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Our Curriculum Overview

The curriculum is delivered mostly through an integrated project approach with cross curricular themes. Each project begins with a ‘hook’, an activity which engages pupil interest (an educational visit, a play, a mystery, etc.) and unlock prior learning, and ends with an outcome where children display their new understanding of knowledge and skills. Sequences of lessons within a project build and embed knowledge to support children in learning and knowing more. Outcomes are carefully crafted to communicate this - they can take the shape of presentations, enterprise, teaching other learners or celebrating with our Shirley community. The final project undertaken as a Shirley Junior learner is 'It's a Wrap' - this is an outcome in itself in which children demonstrate all of their personal skills, knowledge and learning skills learned from across the curriculum to deliver all aspects of their end of year production. 

Projects have subject 'drivers' or approaches which the majority of learning links to. Wider subjects are then chosen and sequenced to compliment and deepen children's understanding of key themes.

Click on the project names below to see key objectives covered in each project.


Autumn 1
Autumn 2
Spring 1
Spring 2
Summer 1
Summer 2
Year 3

Healthy Me!

Southampton Through Time Let It Shine!

Walk like an Egyptian!

The Firework-Maker's Daughter

Shirley Cruises

Year 4

Ticket to Ride

Better than Stone

Roman Invasion Eruptions and Disruptions Rags To Riches
Year 5

Space Roamers

A Kingdom United?

There is no Planet B!

Boy At The Back Of The Class

The Power Of Water

All The Fun At The Fair!
CSI Shirley
Year 6

Secret Spitfires

A fair winter for all? Wolves Holes Lab Rats It's A Wrap!


Driving Subject: Science Design Technology History Geography Reading


Some subjects continue to be taught discreetly, e.g. Maths, PE, French and RE, through progressive units of work, when these do not fit appropriately within the project.

The school recognises the importance of parental support in children’s learning and staff actively encourage parents to become regularly involved in this. Support for parents is provided through curriculum workshops, curriculum newsletters, communication through children’s planners and one to one parent meetings.