Grangetown Primary School

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'Contexts for Learning'

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Ok...this is where it gets really exciting! Time to introduce you to our 'Contexts for Learning'...also known as 'learning themes' and (do you remember the word?) TOPICS!

Drawing upon their Long Term Planning, and taking careful note of the knowledge and skills to be taught, as well as the levels of ability in the class, our teachers create exciting, engaging and stimulating 'themes', each of which brings together several subject strands. Balance is achieved across the year by having a carefully planned mix of contexts - for example a topic which is mainly based upon a historical theme (but encompassing several subject areas) may be followed by one which is 'led' by (for example) an aspect of science, technology or geography, and so on.

During 2014-15, we moved from one main topic each term, to two. This was an a trial basis, but our end of year review demonstrated the success of this approach - therefore we decided to maintain this approach.

Each theme or topic has a 'hook' - an exciting start to really motivate, engage and challenge the children - and where possible we will include a visit and/or visitor at an appropriate point in the topic. Opportunities for outdoor learning, the international dimension, and SMSC are incorporated where appropriate. Hands-on, independent learning is valued, and of course we promote skills such as teamwork and collaborative, investigative learning. Subjects which do not fit into a particular termly theme are taught discretely.

English and Maths draw upon the long term planning, and are built into the 'theme' where possible; for example, a topic led by a book-focus or a historical theme will always have a range of opportunities for literacy. Of course, some aspects of English are taught discretely, and this is even more the case with maths.

We also have a 'themed week' each term, usually for the whole school (e.g. International Week, Science Week, Health Week), as well as occasional themed days (for example, 'Spanish Day', Chinese New Year etc).

Click below to see an overview of the termly/half-termly themes.

2016 - 2017
Autumn Spring Summer
2015 - 2016
Autumn Spring Summer
2014 - 2015
Autumn Spring  Summer
2013 - 2014
Autumn Spring Summer
2012 - 2013
Autumn Spring Summer