Topic

Topic incorporates elements of History, Geography, Art and Design & Technology as key drivers and other areas such as literacy will be utilised as a vehicle to explore these areas. We strongly believe that when topic and writing are linked, pupils are able to show a great knowledge within their written work, allowing them to focus on the technical features separately. At Haughton St Giles Academy we are keen to provide children with opportunities to experience topic subjects first hand and as such, teachers organise regular school excursions to help inspire the children. Topics are introduced to our pupils through ‘Hook Days’, where an exciting event interests and inspires the children from the very start of the topic.

Topics are taught on a rolling programme to ensure full curriculum coverage but also to avoid the repetition of certain aspects of learning.

Examples of recent topics include; ‘Old MacDonald’ (Food and Farming), ‘Trade & Power’ (Baghdad & World Trade), ‘Raging Rivers & Mighty Mountains’.

See Class Pages for individual class topics and topic learning maps.

History

In Key Stage 1 children learn about the lives and lifestyles of familiar people in the recent past and about famous people and events in the more distant past, including those from British history.

In Key Stage 2 children learn about people and important events and developments from recent and more distant times in the locality, in Britain and in other parts of the world.  Children will learn about historical enquiry by looking at as many real sources as possible and by recreating events from the past.

Geography

Geography is concerned with the study of places, the human and physical processes that shape them and the people who live in them. In the earlier years, children learn about their immediate environment and how to read and draw simple maps using invented and conventional symbols.

In Key Stage 2, the children develop this knowledge into a wider area and study transport, weather and landscapes, both in their local area and in many other countries.

Art

Children have opportunities to draw, paint, print, make collages, use fabrics and threads and use clay.  They are taught the skills and techniques and then given the opportunity to practise them to produce individual and group pieces of work.  Children are encouraged to critically evaluate their own work and that of others in order to learn from their experiences.

Design & Technology

‘D&T’ incorporates many traditional skills – cooking, model making, drawing and sketching, problem solving, observation and discussion – putting them together in an approach which encourages the children to become designers and inventors. The children are taught how to use tools and materials safely and economically.