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Topic

Our Aim

The main objective for the Topic Department is to provide the pupils with a knowledge and understanding of the world around them. We want pupils to be able to use this understanding to interact within that world in a confident manner. It is our intent for the Topic element of our school curriculum to inspire and engage pupils with a curiosity and fascination about the world and its people through a thematic approach covering the National Curriculum for Key Stage 3.

In order to understand the world in which we live all pupils need to gain an understanding of the past. Pupils will only fully understand the complexity of modern life by studying the key events of the past. Topic provides many opportunities to develop an individuals’ respect for the world around them while also aiming to help them become positive global citizens.

By studying Topic, we should enable pupils to ask perceptive questions about changes in society, the reasons for conflict and the consequences of decisions. Pupils should be encouraged to think critically and come to judgements based on evidence. Topic also allows the pupils to nurture and develop their literacy skills through a range of tasks.

Number of lessons per week: 2

Term Year 6 Year 7 Year 8 Year 9
1 Ancient Egypt The Battle of Hastings & the Norman Invaders The Tudors The Industrial Revolution
2 What a wonderful world! Local fieldwork - mapping the local area South America Tectonic processes
3 Titanic Middle Age / Medieval period Abolition of slavery & African-American civil rights World War One
4 Rainforests Amazing places - Poles apart Migration Gender & Inequality
5 Mexico The Renaissance period The French Revolution World War Two
6 The Seaside What makes Britain Coasts Conflict & its impact on the environment 

As the pupils have a range of SEND needs the curriculum has been designed to take these into account and ensure equality in access to the curriculum.
This also links to the units developed within Topic: the primary aim is to ensure pupils are engaged in the learning and are developing an understanding of what happens, why it happens and the impact it has on them. It also allows pupils to explore the impact they have on the world they live in.

As pupils have a variety of starting points topics and individual lessons are carefully planned and differentiated to ensure that different starting points are accommodated. Whilst covering the National Curriculum the level of understanding of each pupil is also considered.

Key Stage 2:

During Key Stage 2, we currently only educate age 10 Year 6 pupils. The topic themes enable pupils to gain knowledge, develop their questioning skills and review sources so that they can understand and develop their own views about significant events of the past.

Additionally, the programme helps pupils to locate the world’s countries and develop their knowledge of globally significant locations, people and resources. Pupils learn how to interpret data from a range of sources including maps, diagrams and aerial photographs and study both physical and human characteristics of different countries.

Key Stage 3:

The topics covered at Key Stage 3 allow pupils to further develop their understanding of the world they live in, how it was shaped and how they can protect it going forward. There are links to other countries and current issues which are being faced by the world.

Pupils are encouraged to ask questions to deepen their knowledge and to explore ways of gathering the information to enhance their independent learning skills.

There are opportunities across the three years to investigate British, local and world history alongside gaining knowledge about countries and the impact of geographical processes. Pupils will be encouraged to look at the impact of human behaviour on the world around them and think about their role as global citizens. The areas are taught chronologically so pupils can see the links between each area of development.

The areas covered encompass the National Curriculum for history, geography and citizenship.