Theme Work


In Key Stage 1 the National Curriculum subjects are taught through a cross-curricular approach. Each term learning focuses on a particular theme.  We have a question based format where children are presented with a question each week and learning opportunities are planned that help the children to answer the question.

In Key Stage 1 Theme lessons take place three times each week and are taught in mixed ability classes with their class teacher.  Learning is differentiated to match the children's knowledge, skills and progress.  Each class teacher also links the class role-play area to the Theme for each half term and provides opportunities to learn about the current Theme through imaginative play.  In addition links are made with other lessons such as English, Maths, PE and computing to ensure that children are fully engaged with the Theme.

To ensure thorough coverage of the Key Stage 1 Science curriculum, the Themes in Key Stage 1 often have a Science focus.  At least one Theme each term will have a Science focus.

Below details what Themes and questions the children will be learning over the next term.  Details of the other themes that the children cover over our two year cycle can be found on the curriculum pages.

 Spring Term - First Half term    

 What is it like in space?

Week 1 - What is in space?  Learning terms such as planet, sun, star, Earth, moon; understand that the Earth goes around the sun and the moon goes around the Earth;

Week 2 - Why do we need the sun? Plants and Humans need sunlight for survival; begin to understand how the position of the sun and Earth creates day/night and the seasons;

Week 3 - Can you live in space? Ask the children the question – what do they think; learn that there is no oxygen in space; many planets have no water or oxygen; link back to what humans need for survival; label the parts of a plant;

Week 4 - Has anyone ever been to the moon?  Learn key facts about Neil Armstrong and the first moon landing; understand the sources we can use to find out about the past;

Week 5 - What does a moon buggy need? Look at moon buggies – understand basic function and name simple parts; plan and make a simple wheeled moon buggy

Week 6: Summary/Celebration -   How do astronauts travel into space?  Watch video clips or shuttles taking off; understand why it needs so much force; look at simple model rockets and how they can be made to move; learn about the special clothing/equipment that astronauts need

Moon report/booklet – summarise their learning by presenting information in simple texts of their own.


 Spring Term - Second Half term

 What was life like in the 1960s?

Week 1 - What did children do in the 60s? Toys and games – link to space toys and the invention/use of plastic; children’s clothing.

Week 2 - What was fashionable in the 60s?   Look at clothing and style in the 1960s – compare to today; create own flower power printing patterns

Week 3 - What music did people listen to in the 60s? Learn about the Beatles; listen to music and respond; learn some songs

Week 4 - How does the Beatles music compare to today’s music? Children to talk about their favourite music – listen to music styles; perform their favourite songs

Week 5 - Who else was famous in the 60s?  David Hockney – learn facts about the artist/look at his work

Week 6: Summmary/Celebration -  Can I paint in the style of David Hockney? create own still life paintings/drawings; teach painting and drawing skills such as colour mixing.   1960s Day Celebration


You might also like to look at the Key Stage One page about Homework and what we are learning this term.