Every pupil in every year will work on six transdisciplinary themes, with the exception of EYFS practitioners who will deliver four. The themes are planned and delivered to ensure the national curriculum is taught vertically, horizontally and diagonally across the year in your child’s age appropriate subjects. The themes are:
Who we are
Where we are in place and time
How we express ourselves
How the world works
How we organise ourselves
Sharing the planet
Each year team will plan each theme to allow child agency and build opportunities for them to lead their learning in things that spark an interest. They have the ability to explore their subjects in depth as we seek to develop their inquiry skills and the ability to be reflective.
The concept is simple – an idea is chosen such as Romans. From that point we aim to teach the appropriate curriculum around the theme of Romans. Perhaps how to construct a fortress using maths and science, how Romans looked – using art to make shields or Roman togas, using food technology to explore a typical Roman diet, using maps and geography skills to track the explosion of the Roman empire etc.
Pupils are given many high quality opportunities to develop their curiosity and creativity. They are encouraged to use their imagination, for example when thinking of ways to praise a friend, and are taught to respect the feelings and viewpoints of others.
Pupils are engaged and motivated by the way teachers present and teach the well-planned curriculum. This not only ensures that good learning takes place but makes a strong contribution to pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development.
Teaching assistants make a strong contribution to the good learning taking place, especially when pupils with special educational needs are taught in small groups outside the classroom. They work in very close partnership with teachers and bring an additional range of helpful skills and experiences into the classrooms.