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Amber Lodge

Amber Lodge pupils attend the unit for varying amounts of time during their mental health assessment.  A typical offer from the lodge is a two-day package, of which they would have two education sessions and two nursing sessions each day.  This would mean they would receive four education sessions per week.  The planning is therefore based on the pupil receiving 4 education sessions per week: - Literacy, Maths, Topic and a Creative lesson.  The Long Term Plan is based on the KS1 and KS2 National Curriculum Requirements and is taught through a different topic each half-term.  The length of stay for children at Amber Lodge varies from as little as 3 months up to a year. A pupil's admission and discharge can be at any point during the academic year so they would receive education based on the topic being delivered at the point of stay.

During their mental health assessment at Amber Lodge, some pupils only attend for half a day or one full day in which case they would receive an equal amount of nursing and education sessions.  In these circumstances the Amber lodge teacher gathers information from the host provision and plans the education sessions based on what the pupil requires at that point in time and in relation to their mental health needs and assessment. It may mean that the pupil could also receive Lego Therapy, Rainbow Group (based on Theraplay principals) or Therapeutic Story Group as one of the education sessions as these are delivered by the education staff.

  • Phonics is not on the Long Term plan as this is taught independently and according to the pupil’s current level, through the systematic synthetic phonics programme ‘Read Write Inc.’
  • Maths Number skills are also not on the Long Term plan as these too, are taught independently and according to the pupil’s current need as advised by the host provision.  For example, if the host school states that the pupil is currently struggling with recalling the number bonds to 10, then this would be a focus until the knowledge is consolidated.

Topic Map

Period Topic Literacy Maths Topic Creative
Autumn 1 - 1 Marvellous Me

Character descriptions

Stories with issue and dilemmas

Comic strips

Film Narratives


Non- chronological report

Measurement – mm cm m km


Mass & Weight Capacity &Volume

Science – Human Biology, naming and locating body parts, senses, bones and muscles, reproduction, circulation and digestives system. Health and fitness.

History – Study of famous person -Florence Nightingale

Computing – Use of technology to store and retrieve information.

Art – Observational Drawing of fruit – pastels, self-portraits, study famous artist portraits, Sculpture – clay faces & Antony Gourmley Collage, Fabric Painting

D & T – Cooking and Nutrition – healthy foods and their origin, safe and correct use of tools, food hygiene.

Music – Learn and perform a song.

Autumn 2 - 1 Toys / Christmas

Different viewpoints

Story Sequencing & retelling

Persuasive text - adverts




Science – Materials and their properties. Magnetism, Forces, electricity.

History – To explore artefacts, order chronologically, changes in our lifetime.

Computing – Use of software to create stop motion video. Explore an onscreen turtle.

Art – Observational drawing of toys – pencil skills line, shading, texture. Textiles – sewing skills to make bear toy / ‘sock thing’ toy.

D & T – Design and make a moving toy.

Music – Listen to and appraise music used in films for effect. –Toy Story, Mr Magorium. Identify and play percussion instruments,
Spring 1 - 1 Earth & Space

Fantasy themes & Flashbacks

Problem-solving and resolution



Information texts - leaflets


Fractions of Objects / Shapes



Science – Solar System, moon phases, day and night, seasonal change & weather. Rocks.

History – Chronology of Space travel & famous person - Neil Armstrong.

Computing – Use of Publisher software to obtain, manipulate and present images.

Art – Group painting – representation of solar system. Sculpture – paper Mache planets, collage- paper plate aliens.

D & T – Plan design & evaluate a junk model rocket.

Music – Identify musical elements in space related musical scores.

Spring 2 - 1 Sheffield History

Stories with familiar settings

Setting descriptions – historical

Chronological reports - recounts

Note writing & postcards

Newspapers / journalistic texts

Position & direction

Patterns &- Translation

Science – Magnetism

Geography – Physical and human features of local area – landmarks.

History – Changes in history – homes now and then. Schools now and then. Holidays now and then. Steel Industry in Sheffield.

Computing – Programming Beebot.

Art - Study of Sheffield Street Artists and painting in the style of these. Embossing in metal sheets. Exploring artist Lowry and use of scraper boards to recreate city scenes. Wire sculptures.

Music – Listen to and appraise Sheffield musicians work. Identify pitch, tone and tempo.

Summer 1 - 1 Living Things (Plants)

Traditional & Fairy tales


Plays and dialogue

Information texts

Fact sheets



Pattern – Symmetry & Reflection

Measurement – mm cm m km

Data Handling - Sorting & Classifying

Averages – Y5 &6

Science – Name and locate wild and garden plants. Locate and label parts of a flowering plant.  Requirements for healthy plant growth, Life cycle of a flowering plant. Plants we eat. Rainforests.

Geography – Location of countries and rainforests.

Computing - Use of Pic Collage software to obtain, manipulate and present images. Scratch programming to make a flower grow.

Art – Digital photographs. Analyse and recreate Van Gogh Sunflowers in painting.

D & T – Design, make and evaluate a milk bottle plant pot.

Music – Creating musical patterns – use of simple notation.

Summer 2 - 1 Castles & Caves

Fantasy themed stories - problem and resolution

Stories with flashbacks

Information Leaflets

Information texts

Non-chronological reports

Properties of Shape

Perimeter & Area

History – Investigating Stone Age life, exploring tools, weapons & animals. Castles through history, weapons, clothing and heraldry.

Computing – Use of software to create presentation on castles / caves.

Art – Exploring and recreating cave art with charcoal and pastels. Sculpture with clay and sticks – cave making. Box modelling – castles.

D & T – design, make and evaluate a trebuchet.

Music – Listen to and appraise medieval music & accompany with percussion.

Autumn 1 - 2  Around the World

Contemporary Stories with predictable patterned language

Stories by the same author

Informal Letters & Postcards


Reports – weather


Position & Direction


Angles & Rotation


Geography – Continents, countries, oceans, poles and equator. Compare and contrast 2 places in the world. Compass points. Human and physical features of contrasting place study.

Computing – Use of a Beebot and on screen programming ALEX. Create word fact sheet on a place.

Art – Famous artist study Monet and recreate – painting of landscapes.

D & T – Origins of food. Design and make a healthy meal.

Music – Learn and perform songs for days of the week and months of the year.  Recognise beat and tempo.

Autumn 2- 2 Fire & Light / Christmas

Stories from different cultures (Myths) – sequence and retell.


Note writing & Recount - Newspapers journalistic texts

Formal Letters

Diary Recount - Chronological Report

Rules – posters

Pattern, Reflection and Translation


Science – Sources of Light.

Geography – Volcanoes and their location on earth.

History – Significant events in history – Gun Powder Plot & Great Fire of London.

Computing – Software use - Doodle & Tux Paint to create firework art work. -

Art – Use of apps to create computer art. Printing with different media – marbles to create fireworks paintings, Sculpture of fire children with clay, use of natural materials - sticks and autumn leaves to make fire collage.

Music – Exploring percussion instruments and sound effects to accompany the Fire Children myth.

Spring 1 - 2 Transport

Narrative text

Story Sequencing & Retelling

Persuasive text - Adverts

Explanation texts - Non- Chronological Report

Measurement – mm cm m km


Data Handling - Sorting & Classifying

Science – Forces & Motion

History – Chronological Understanding – transport through time. Significant people in history – The Wright Brothers, Grace Darling.

Computing – Use of software to collect, sort and manipulate data on transport use. Use of video recording equipment to make supercar advert.

Art – Observational Drawing of favourite transport – focus on line, shape and tone using pencils of different grades.

D & T – Design, make & Evaluate a car

Music – Develop own musical piece to accompany advertisement video – focus on pitch and tempo.
Spring 2 - 1  Ancient Civilisations

Extended stories

Stories with historical settings Comic Strips

Story Setting Description – historical

Film narratives

Fact sheets – fact files



Properties of Shape

Perimeter & Area

Geography – Exploring a place- Egypt, physical and human features, land use.

History – Ancient Egypt – investigating artefacts and sources of information. Significant events in history – Tutankhamun.

Computing – Use of software to draw shapes.

Art – Painting scenery for Egypt display, observational drawing of Egyptian artefacts, Sculpture and Tutankhamun mask collage.

Music – Listening to and appraising world music.
Summer 1 - 2 Living Things (Animals)

Narratives with predictable patterned language

Stories by the same author



Contemporary Story Sequencing & Retelling

Fact sheets Labels & Captions

Non chronological reports - Explanation texts


Mass & Weight

Data Handling - Sorting & Classifying

Averages – Y5 & 6

Geography – Exploring a place- Egypt, physical and human features, land use.

History – Ancient Egypt – investigating artefacts and sources of information. Significant events in history – Tutankhamun.

Computing – Use of software to draw shapes.

Art – Use of media (felt pens and paint) to create symmetrical images. Mini beast mixed media sculptures, glass painting.

Music – Identify and group percussion instruments and plan musical score for a poem / song.

Summer 2 - 2 Water

Stories for character descriptions

Stories with issues & dilemmas


Arguments Diary Recount

Weather Report

Lists, Menu, Invitation

Capacity & Volume



Fractions percentages & Decimals

Science – Floating and sinking. Properties of materials,

Geography – The Water Cycle & weather

History –  Significant historical events - The Sheffield Flood, The Titanic

Computing –Use of software to manipulate image and text – word & PowerPoint.

Art – Water bubble printing, famous artist appraisal – Monet, Van Gogh, Cezanne

D & T - Design, make & Evaluate a boat

Music – Listen to musical scores and songs related to water and discuss dynamics, pitch and tempo.