Focus on Theme-based Learning

Terrific Themes  “Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.” ― W.B. Yeats Learning is all about someone lighting the touch paper to spark interest and excitement, sitting back and watching (see later theme for Year 2).  It is about being inspired to find out more and in all sorts of ways.  There is a place for teacher-led learning, as there is using research or working in groups firing off each other.  The beauty of using a theme-based approach to the curriculum, as we do at Springmead, is that the natural overlap of subjects means that the focus may be on one subject, but it can include several others.  The lead can be taken from the children and any personal interests can be included in the theme. What better way to learn about the Great Fire of London or the Gun Powder plot, than to enter the world at that time.  Using a variety of time machines and wigs, the Otters regularly pop back to find out what it was like to live in a previous age.  Using eye-witness accounts from The Great Fire gave great inspiration for writing newspaper reports.                                
Of course, one of the most important factors is that the National Curriculum objectives are achieved through this method of working.  There are so many different positive opportunities in theme-based learning for the children to accomplish these aims. The children educate each other, share and further their knowledge through independent and peer experiences.  It is a fun and diverse way to achieve optimum learning.

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