Topic is all of our work in History, Geography, Art and Design and Design Technology. Topics may include elements of two or more of the subjects. Please see our long term plans to see how this works.
In designing the curriculum, we thought about what we want for our children and what we believe are effective methods of delivering it to them so that they learn and, more importantly, remember the learning.
In order to help them remember what they have learnt, we are creating a curriculum that is experience rich. Examples of experiences may include trips, visitors to school or role playing a historical event such as a Viking trading market.
Through our curriculum topics, we have three core aims:
Children should be given the opportunity to practise, apply and improve the skills they learn in literacy and maths.
Children should have opportunities to get out of their seats and experience things as much as possible.
We want the children’s learning to be fun and experience rich.
The knowledge we want our children to have is outlined in the Chris Quigley Milestones. Links are made between current and previous learning by comparing an aspect they have learnt about before. For example the children may be learning about settlements in Viking times and will be asked to recall their learning about Anglo Saxon settlements.
Each term, we have a subject focus. In term one it is History, in term two, Geography and term 3, the Arts. There is a topic heading such as “Riotous Royalty”. In planning each topic, we try to make it relevant for the children. For example, as part of the our topic called "Pestilence and Plague", the children learn about the plague in Eyam.
At the end of the term, each class has an outcome. This may be creating a museum about their topic and opening it to the local community or creating an art gallery to display their work.
We want our topics to leave our children interested and inspired so that they want to take their learning even further. We want to instill real enthusiasm for these subjects and through fun and interesting lessons, for our children to remember what they have been taught.