In Key Stage 2 our themes continue to offer irresistible learning opportunities through innovative and rich experiences.
A theme lasts up to half a term, which the pupils use as a hook to base their learning on. The underpinning philosophy is that they learn better in context than in isolation.
Themes cover areas of the National Curriculum, but some themes might be more geography based, while others may contain more drama. By writing the curriculum in this way it allows for stronger experiences and more time to produce high-quality outcomes with more learning impact. In this way there is an opportunity for in-depth learning but with the full curriculum balance across the age phases.
Themes have within them certain key activities and outcomes with many opportunities for pupils to have a real audience. For example, a large piece of extended writing such as a piece of diary writing in the ‘A portrait in time’ theme shared with a global audience via an online blog or a recipe in ‘Merlin’ that is published and ‘sold’ to families, allows time for developing reading and writing, as well as a wide variety of other key skills that the pupils will develop. The theme ‘Framed’ in year 6 allows pupils to produce a ‘real’ gallery exhibition that is ‘visited’ by families and the community.