Topics and Themes

Our Approach to Topic-Based Learning in KS1 and KS2

Learning in Years 1 to 6 is based on a 2-year cycle themed approach that enables two year groups to work together each half term on a common topic. Our topics incorporate all aspects of the National Curriculum. We aim to bring our topics alive through trips, creative work and, above all, purpose and enjoyment. There are whole-school threads running through our curriculum too. Each Autumn term, 2nd half, all classes focus on a traditional story; in the Spring term we like to take children out to art galleries and in the Summer term we make good use of learning outdoors, often with visits to Walthamstow Marshes and the River Lea.

Look at class pages to see the curriculum overview for this half term and find out what children will be learning. The following year we will have a different set of topics (see Cycle A and B overview below).

Cycle A Autumn 1 Autumn 2 Spring 1 Spring 2 Summer 1 Summer 2
Y1 & 2 Homes Magic Disaster Journeys Pirates Minibeasts
Y3 & 4 Get Physical Food All at Sea Illuminate Power Flower
Y5 & 6 Freedom Time All the World's a Stage London Eye Rainforest Flow


Cycle B Autumn 1 Autumn 2 Spring 1 Spring 2 Summer 1 Summer 2
Y1 & 2 Body Goodies and Baddies Toys and Games Animals Robots Plantastic
Y3 & 4 India Celebrate Mystery The Eiffel Tower Myths and Monsters Air
Y5 & 6 Challenge Rich and Poor Hope Earth Fashion Show Green