Our Topics have open ended titles to enable pupils to deep dive into the learning. Each topic is approached in the following way:
A STUNNING START
Each Topic begins with a Stunning Start, where teachers introduce the Topic to the children in an exciting way. This could be through a trip, a visitor, or a scene or experience created at Roath Park School. Usually, the Topic is a surprise to the children until this point.
The Learning Environment
All classes must have continuous and enhanced provision for learners.
All classes could have role play and creative areas for independent learning. These must be a feature classes up to and including Year 3.
WOW DAYS / EVENTS
Special events designed to enhance the topic.
E.g. “People Who Help Us” – a day where pupils dress as police, doctors, etc… and work is centred around that.
“Conflict” – pupils could attend a wartime dance dressed from the era. Pupils could organise and arrange this independently.
The middle of each Topic is celebrated with a Marvellous Middle. This is another event which inspires the children and which keeps the Topic alive for the children. Sometimes, the Marvellous Middle can involve a visitor or a trip, and other times it could involve an event or a production which the children are working towards.
Each Topic ends with a Fabulous Finish, where the children are given opportunities to present their learning in interesting and varied ways. The Fabulous Finish is the finale to all of our Topics. This usually involves the children working towards a grand sharing of the learning that they have produced in their Topics. It could involve a production or an event led by the children. Often, the Fabulous Finish will involve parents and / or the community.