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Dame Ellen Pinsent School

Dame Ellen Pinsent School

Topic

History, Geography, Music, Art and Design and Design and Technology are taught through our Dame Ellen Pinsent Topic curriculum.  Topic also allows for pupils to apply their core skills in English, maths, communication, science, PSHE, PE and computing.  Each topic has a key subject focus which is prioritised, although most topics will include aspects from all of the foundation subjects.   

Topics launch with a Wow Day to excite and 'hook' the pupils into their new topics.  These are off-timetable and involve visitors in school, trips, dressing-up or music days to immerse pupils. 

We follow a two year cycle in topic to ensure that the breadth of the National Curriculum is covered.  It also ensures that pupils experience different topics if they remain in the same class for two years.  Topics link well with the school's science curriculum.  British Values are also covered within most of the class topics. 

The two youngest classes in school, Lambs and Caterpillars, follow the Early Years Foundation Stage.  Their topics follow pupils' interests. Each class will also get to choose a new topic for their class, based on their pupils' interests, so look out for some new topics coming soon, such as Peppa Pig, Dinosaurs and We're going on a Bear hunt!

Topic homework is set and completed over the course of each half term.  There are also a number of whole school theme weeks across the year, including 'Good to Be Me' and 'Enterprise' week in Autumn, 'Community Week' and 'Science Week' in the Spring term and 'Do and Discover Week' and 'Sports and Well-being Week' in Summer Term. 

Topic homework for each class can be found on the class pages of the website.  The whole school overview can be downloaded from the link below.