As a school all our Year Group Teams plan for learning around themes which usually last five or six weeks.
Staff carefully choose themes that engage children's imagination and encourage a desire to learn for themselves. We support children to develop their independence and resilience by taking risks and trying new learning experiences. All of our topics start with a 'hook' where staff choose an exciting way for the topic to begin. This may be a trip, investigating something, or finding something exciting in the classroom. Our learning walls and displays in the classroom and around school show lots of the work we have produced during the theme. At the end of each half term we celebrate our learning with parents during a 'Show and Share' afternoon. Parents are invited to come into the classroom and have a go at some of the learning activities from the theme.
Not all the curriculum is led by the theme. We are very careful to make sure that we plan for all the learning that our children are entitled to and this means that areas such as our phonics work for example is planned outside the theme - unless we can draw on the interest from the theme to make the phonics even better!
We believe that all our children have the right to
Powerful learning experiences – Feel safe and be happy – Be treated as individuals
We work together to respect
Everyone in our community regardless of difference
We realise that we all have a responsiblity to
Make the best contribution we can