Focused Topic Time

 
 
 
 
 

Focused topics further enhance discrete subject areas, allowing children to develop and apply skills and knowledge to areas such as practical science and ICT, culture and diversity and staying healthy. Our focused topic times are scheduled to include learning opportunities topics include:

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A scientific mind is vital in the modern age. The skills needed to be scientific are far reaching and support pupils in every walk of life or decision they will have to make. By exploring these skills practically, bring science to life and provides real life context and understanding for all pupils. This can be done through scientific investigation and by teaching them the enquiry skills needed to provide the pupil with scientific knowledge to explain their own ideas. There are five methods we use to help developed an inquisitive mind.

Covering topics such as:

Pattern seeking

Research – how do we know it is reliable and the different types

Fair testing

Identifying and classifying

Observation over time

The computer science curriculum has changed in recent years, with an increased focus on the science of computing - on helping our children have a good understanding of how computers work in this highly digital age. Whether a child grows up to be a programmer or not (and in any case, career choices are a long way off for an eight-year old!), the skills within computing are useful because many of them centre around problem-solving which can be applied in many other contexts.

Computer science covers topics such as:

how computer networks work

algorithms

safety online

variables

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The importance of understanding ourselves, friends and communities has never been more significant that today. As a result we provide a allocated time to specifically focus on British Values, the many religions that enrich our country, and have opportunities to explore and forms links between the languages spoken in our and the wider community. When a class explores the above topic the specific skills below are developed and improved.

develop their community cohesion skills

 advance their thinking and communication skills

explore their imaginations and creativity in group contexts

enquire into a range of key citizenship concepts

understand the concept of a 'culture' more deeply

consider consequences; what should happen when two different cultures meet?

Staying healthy will help you to feel happier and stronger. There are lots of things you can do to stay healthy. You need to eat healthy foods and drink plenty of water. You also need to do lots of exercise and get enough sleep. Yet the question many of our pupils ask is how? In this topic we explore the interest and needs of each individual class. Through practical experiments and using many resources classes explore how to ensure they not only are healthy physically and can sustain being healthy but are healthy mentally.

Developing Prime areas across the Academy

In EYFS and beyond, we support children in developing;

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We provide opportunities for our children to become physically confident and develop an understanding of the importance of a healthy and active lifestyle; to have opportunities to create, discover and explore; to express themselves; be imaginative and remain curious and creative. Awareness of others and ourselves is raised through planned key events, PHSE, RSE, assemblies and workshops. We successfully met the criteria for the Equality and Diversity award, as well as attaining the 'Enhanced Healthy Schools Award'. Events such as, 'International Week' in 2018 enabled families to participate in cultural diversity with parents, children and staff taking part in shared events.