Echoes and Ripples: Concepts, themes and skills

Each foundation subject holds its own set of concepts, themes or skills. We call these echoes and ripples. Some of these are broad and generic, others have been carefully planned for our curriculum.

Echoes describe how we refer to prior learning from previous years to help pupils understand the current learning and as a memory trigger for what they have learnt previously.  Every topic in every area can echo back to a concept, theme or skills which has been taught before.

Ripples refer to how the learning will prepare the pupils for next steps or future learning. This helps pupils to understand where the learning fits in to a bigger picture, building towards an end point at the end of the term, year or key stage. These ripples help pupils understand the meaning to their learning.

Our Echoes and Ripples are:

HistoryGeography
Civilisation
Communication
Class
Parliament
Empire
Trade
Rivers
Farming
Space
Place
Climate and Landscape
Change over time
Interconnections and sustainable communities
Human geography
Physical geography
Design and TechnologyScience
Cooking and Nutrition
Mechanisms and Electrics
Structures
Biology
Physics
Chemistry
Art and DesignComputing
Drawing and Painting
Sculpture
Fabric
Collage
Printing
Computer Science
Information Technology
Digital Literacy
Online Safety
MusicReligious Education
Singing
Listening
Composing
Performance/Instrumental Performance
Christianity
Islam
Hinduism
Judaism
Believing,
Expressing
Living
PSHEPhysical Education
Don’t forget to let love in
Too much selfie
Isn’t healthy!
Don’t hold on to
What’s wrong
Fake is a mistake
No way through, isn’t true
Dance
Gymnastics
Competitive Games
Multi-skills
Swimming
Athletics
Outdoor and adventurous