Foundation subjects are taught using a topic-based approach, initially based around the local area of Thamesmead. Thamesmead is rich in local history, as well as areas of geographical interest, and as a school we strongly believe that our children should both contribute and understand their local community. Each topic therefore looks at local impact, before considering impact in London, the wider UK and, where appropriate, across the world.
Each theme begins with a ‘Big Bang’ day where the children take part in a variety of fun activities that serves as a hook to create excitement and wonder for their upcoming learning. This is supported by both fiction and non-fiction texts to promote both English and the wider curriculum.
The school has a specialism of raising awareness of how to be Environmentally Friendly. Environmental science is taught across the school through a range of projects and all year groups access Forest School to develop these skills.
We also will take part in a variety of special events including Learning Outdoor Classroom Day, Black History Month, World Book Day, World Maths Day and Earth Day. Regular trips are encouraged for all year groups to supplement and consolidate learning outside of the classroom. Additional opportunities to widen outdoor learning include being part of the honey extraction process and completing an RSPB bird watch.