Topic (Foundation Subjects)

At St Patrick’s we believe in a thematic, cross curricular approach to teaching the national curriculum. Each half term the curriculum is led either by a history or geography theme and is underpinned by the class studying a quality text linked to their topic or a range of texts by the same author or on the same theme. This reinforces our belief that opportunities for reading and writing must be planned for in all curriculum areas and enable pupils to develop strong English skills which in turn enable them to access learning in all curriculum subjects. Children are enthused about learning and develop subject specific skills in a purposeful and meaningful way and enables them to see the connections between the different subject areas.

We begin all of our topics with an ‘intriguing introduction’ to spark the children’s interest and excitement for the topic. This may be a trip, a visitor, a role play etc. and we finish each topic with an ‘expert ending’ so the children have a chance to share what they have learnt. These include days such as school’s historical catwalk and museum day, Roman banquets, mock trials for crime and punishment, assemblies, presentations to classes/parents and many more fun ways to show off our learning.

We teach all of the foundation subjects as part of our topics but you can find out more about individually each below.

Find out more about each year group’s topics by clicking on the pictures below.

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As part of our topic approach we believe that experiences are invaluable to give children a wide range of experiences. With this in mind we plan trips, visits and visitors throughout the year to widen curriculum opportunities and development of enthusiasm for learning.

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Year 1Partake historical drama company - Sleeping Beauty WorkshopConkersWhitepost Farm Trip
Year 2Yorkshire Safari Park TripLocal Hero vistorsPartake historical Drama company - Pirates Ahoy!Wollaton Park Camping Residential
Year 3Sherwood Forest TripCreswell Crags TripPartake historical drama company - MayansCommunity members from around the world
Year 4Partake historical Drama Company - RomansBlack Country Living MuseumMill Adventure Base Residential
Year 5Beamanor Hall WW2 Evacuation tripPartake Historical Drama Company - EgyptiansSpace Centre Trip
Year 6Partake Historical Drama Company - VikingsVisitors from the community from EuropeNational Justice Museum TripBriars Catholic Retreat Residential

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