BSB is a busy, vibrant school and there is much to do during the primary years. We strongly believe in children engaging with their learning at a deep, profound level. In order for this to occur, children require quality time to really engage with their learning over an extended time frame. It is for this reason that we combine learning in five curriculum subjects – science, art, design technology, geography and history – within a themed based approach labeled ‘Topic’. This approach enables children to develop a better understanding of the world around them, make connections and apply skills in different disciplines. Here are some examples of themed leaning in Topic so far this term:
In year 2, children have been learning around the theme of ‘Inventors’. Through this topic, the children studied history by learning about the Wright brothers. They then connected their learning in history with other learning in design technology by making their own powered vehicles and visiting the Science and Technology Museum.
The topic in Year 3 has been ‘The Stone Age’. Children developed their ICT skills through researching the answers to big questions, such as – What did early humans look like? They then linked this to art as they drew cave art and made Stone Age tools.
‘Go Global’ was the theme for Year 5 and learning all around globalisation. Through linking Geography and Science learning, the children learnt about recycling and carbon footprints and how globalisation has impacted upon the Earth through global warming. This then led to the children designing solutions to modern global issues created by global warming, such as flooding or finding renewable energy sources.
Learning is complex; it is not necessarily linear. It occurs when children are interested, challenged and motivated. Positive learning is often interesting and fun, and themed learning provides the right environment for this.
Update from: Mr. Dan Smith, Assistant Head of Primary