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John Hellins Primary School

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Curie Class

In Curie Class we follow the National Curriculum for Numeracy and Literacy. Our creative curriculum is based on projects; we link the projects to all areas of the National Curriculum. These areas are: Science, Geography, History, Design and Technology, Art, Music, Cooking and Nutrition and Computing.

During our project, we aim to have opportunities for children to enhance their Literacy skills; writing at length as well as focusing specifically on grammar, punctuation and spelling objectives.

Mathematics is also included, where possible, in our project and covers the objectives in the Year 4 and 5 curriculum. We teach Maths in practical and exciting ways, ensuring we deepen the understanding that children have of the three key areas; Problem solving, Reasoning, and Fluency.

Our projects run for a term and they involve exciting days for the children including trips, visitors, child led ‘Google’ days and WOW days.

The Autumn project in Curie Class is “World War 1 – Scientific Advances”.

We will research the period immediately before World War 1, how, where and why World War 1 started and how medical advancements helped the people during the war years. We will research how medical professionals adapted their practice on the front lines in order to help save the lives of soldiers. We will also research what life was like for families during World War 1, including the roles of women and children.

We will investigate the role of Scientists and medical professionals during the war. Curie class will pay particular attention to the lives and roles of Marie and Pierre Curie and other Nobel prize winners. We will conduct scientific experiments to investigate mixing, separating and filtering materials and learn about the elements from the periodic table.

The children will have a visit from a doctor, a war veteran and Atomic Science Tom.

We will link our literacy to the project, reading “War Horse”, “Evie’s War” and “One boy’s war”.




  1. Year 3 - 4 and 5 - 6 Common Words (1)
  2. Curie Class Project Planning Spring 2019
  3. Curie Class Spelling Guidance Booklet Spring 2019
  4. Curie Class Project Planning Diagram Spring 2019
  5. Reading Guidance Booklet Sept 2018