How We Teach

"Brain development and thinking skills are key"

Hannah Peaty,  Curriculum Lead.

At Soho Parish, learning is about connections.  We teach a ‘concept-based’ curriculum, in which all subjects are taught through a common concept each term.  You can see below the concepts for each year group.

Term 1Term2Term 3Term 4Term 5Term 6
ReceptionBig Wide WorldMePowerGrowthStrengthFamily and Friends
Year 1JourneysChoiceDifferenceEnvironmentKindnessCreativity
Year 2TraditionsConservationBraveryRelationshipsImaginationStructure
Year 3WonderCuriosityHopePerseveranceDiscoveryConfidence
Year 4FreedomInnovationContrastCourageExplorationBeyond
Year 5AmbitionPrinciplesEqualityMythInheritanceTruth
Year 6MigrationEvolutionProtestDystopiaFateTransition

Making connections is a key feature of learning, as children build layers of understanding through a variety of experiences and subjects.  As they do so they are literally making connections between neurons in the brain.

We promote ‘growth mindset’ and develop children’s thinking skills through teaching them about the functions of the brain and encouraging debate. Philosophy circles and mindfulness are taught weekly.

In each subject area, we aim to develop key skills through our integrated curriculum.  Please see each subject page for a summary of our approach.