'Topic' at Bedgrove Junior School
At Bedgrove Junior School we cover the history, geography, art and DT skills and knowledge under the umbrella title of Topic. During each term the focus is on a different area: the Autumn Term focus is history, the Spring Term focus is geography and the Summer Term focus is art and DT. In Year 6 the Summer Term's learning is also used to focus on transition and moving onto secondary school. Although there is a clear focus for each term, many of the skills are revisited over the year to allow children the opportunity to embed and extend on the skills learnt earlier in the year or to introduce them to skills and knowledge that they will experience more of later in the year.
Each topic starts with a Wow Day where the children are immersed in the new term's topic for a whole day to inspire and enthuse them about the topic learning journey that they about to embark on.
During each term the children will have the opportunity to either go on a trip out of school or have a visitor into school to enhance their learning of the topic area focused on that term. Feedback from children tells us that this really helps the topic that they are learning about to 'come to life'.
Throughout our topic sessions we also weave in English, maths, science and ICT skills to allow the children the opportunity to use the skills and knowledge they have learnt in other lessons within a different context. Throughout topic learning there is also a strong emphasis on both British Values and the school's values of Inspire, Challenge and Succeed.
At the end of the topic we invite family and carers in to showcase the learning that has taken place throughout the term.