Science, geography, history, design and technology and art are taught as part of a topic. Over each key stage the children will cover all the requirements of the National Curriculum 2014 in these subjects. The teachers may also look for links that can be made to maths and English if this is appropriate.
The topics have been developed and written by our curriculum team of staff in school. The themes and content for each topic have been chosen to engage the children and make their learning fun, practical and purposeful. Each topic is usually launched with a dilemma or problem which the children can engage in. We want them to see that there is a purpose to their learning and that they can lead their own learning by being involved in deciding how to reach a goal.
In Year 3 Horrid Henry comes into the classroom and leaves a poster saying he is looking for children to join him. The children then have a series of tasks to complete in order to do so. These include; designing and making a flag, making an intruder alarm and creating a stink bomb. At the end of the topic ‘Henry’ then comes into class to see what the children have produced and see if they can part of his team.
Year 4 have a topic entitled ‘Indiana Jones’, in which a parachute arrives in the playground with a message and map attached. These explain that Indiana Jones is lost in Egypt on the hunt for the lost treasure of the Pharaoh. He has this map of Egypt, on which ‘X’ marks the position of the treasure but it is not named and he doesn’t know where it is. Would they please help him with his search? A crate then arrives in school with selection of artefacts/treasure that Indiana Jones has found and a note explaining that these are going to be used in a new museum display which he wants the children’s help to produce. They research the artefacts and then create a museum display, for which they are tour guides, and children in school then visit their museum.
Each year group will usually cover 5 topics during the school year. Visits will be arranged and events planned in school to support the children’s learning.
Please click on your child’s year group to see what topics they will be taking part in over the year and the intended learning outcomes.