In a world where life is not compartmentalised and edges are blurred, ‘Topic’ is our educational response. We use Topic lessons to inspire our students and help them to understand how the different skills and subjects they learn all work together.
Topic lessons combine history and geography with PSME, citizenship, religious education and any other appropriate area where an educational link is valid. In fact, Topic is a small word for what actually amounts to a great deal of discovery, learning and fun.
The aim is to inspire a quest for knowledge and develop learning, questioning and thinking skills. Topics are chosen by the staff team. They can be reactive to world events, such as the Olympics, a natural disaster or a weather-related phenomenon. On the other hand, they can also cover more traditional areas.
When our Topic was ‘London’, for example, we used historical skills to find out about events such as the Great Fire of September 1666 and the Blitz from September 1940 to May 1941. We looked at how Londoners have suffered in different ways in two different eras and then, using PSME, discussed how they might have felt. From a geographical perspective, we also looked at transport routes into London and how or why these have developed. Our young students found out how parliament works and even created their own political parties.
Life isn’t in boxes, so why should education be?