Topics were introduced to the curriculum two years ago in an effort to make learning more exciting and relevant to the children. The whole curriculum was reassessed and reallocated through out the year so to establish links between the different subjects. A theme was then chosen that would both encompass the different areas of learning and appeal to the children.
Each topic generally lasts 6 weeks and includes: Science, Geography, History, ICT, Design Technology and Art. As the topics develop, more and more Literacy is taught through the topic theme.
The current topics are:
Paws and Claws - an animal theme to introduce the needs of living things.
Sparkles, Crackles and Bangs - looking at light and dark, colours and seasonal celebrations.
Once there were Giants - developing ideas of growing up and changing, and comparing animals with humans.
Castles - (the most popular topic) learning about building materials, the geography of castles and castle life in the medeval period.
Oliver's Vegetables - looking at planting, growing, where our food comes from and making things to eat.
Out and About - learning about the buildings of Hangleton, comparing the town and countryside, and the different habitats of animals.
School visits make a huge impact on the children's learning and leave a huge impression on their memories of school. All of our current trips are linked to our topic work.
Trips already planned include: visiting Hove Museum to study the paintings; going to Sainsbury's to see the range of fruit and vegetables available; walking to a local allotment, tended by a teacher at the school, to see how vegetables grow in this country; travelling by coach to Seven Sisters Country Park in the Cuckmere Valley to study animal habitats; and walking to St Helens Church in Hangleton.
Each Year Group benefit from a donation of £600 from the Parents and Friends of Hangleton Infant School, to partly cover the costs of hiring coaches. This generous donation has helped us keep the costs that parents pay down and enabled the Year Group to plan a greater number of visits.
In addition to school visits every opportunity is taken to bring people into school who could add to the children's understanding and enjoyment of their topic work.