At Thurgoland Church of England Primary School we deliver our curriculum through themes or a focus on a story as the ‘hook’ to act as a stimulus for the children’s learning for that term.
We plan six themes each year through which the children learn skills from many areas of the curriculum. Delivering the curriculum in this way helps the children to make sense of their learning whilst giving real context to all the elements of the government’s core British Values.
We ‘launch’ each theme to capture the children’s imagination, to draw them into the learning. We may have a visitor or something special happen in school. We also plan an event to end the theme, to draw the learning together and give the children something to work for. It gives a purpose to their learning. We may go on a visit or have a celebration.
We also have themed days, such as World book day, Children in Need Day, and whole school theme weeks throughout the year, for example Art week that links with Penistone Arts festival.
Values that are at the heart of Thurgoland