Topic Learning

We use a blocked approach to the teaching of topics. This means that children will be taught each subject in a block rather than 1 lesson a week. The rationale for this is that the children can be immersed in a particular subject and the teacher can use day to day assessment to inform the next steps in learning. We use well planned first hand experiences as motivators for the topics, this includes class trips, visitors into school and planned events.  Each topic starts with a ‘big picture’ which shows the key questions the children will answer through the topic. Children also complete a ‘what I already know’ and ‘What I want to find out’. Children use these to support independent research. Children complete reflective marking ladders at the end of each subject block so that they can clear demonstrate what new learning they have acquired.