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 two 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, Art, Geography and computing to ensure that children are fully engaged with the Theme.

To ensure thorough coverage of the Key Stage 1 Science curriculum, one Theme each term will have a Science focus where children will learn the content of the Science curriculum and learn about scientific enquiry.


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.

You might like to read more about how we design our curriculum on the Curriculum Design page.

 Autumn Term - First Half term    

 What does a Pirate need?

Week 1 - What does a pirate wear? 

Learning names of materials and objects that are made out of that material, describing materials using everyday language.

Week 2What else do pirates need?

Other objects: boots, sword, maps, compass, telescope, treasure chest, eye patch, boat. Name the materials.

Week 3How do pirate ships float?

Properties- floating and sinking e.g. rock, plastic.   

Week 4 - Why don’t ships sink when they are full?

Investigating different shapes and how this effects floating.

Week 5 - Could I build a pirate raft?

Part 1- investigate which materials float or sink. Part 2 challenge to ‘escape a dessert island'- presented materials to choose e.g. paper, Lego: art straws etc. Plan- do- record. All test in a water tray- can raft take a pirate figure?

Week 6 - How does a plank work?

Test different materials for being a good plank on a modal boat e.g. paper, card, wood, plastic.  Test the weight baring strength. Plan – do – record.

Pirate Day: Dress up, treasure hunt, make map, pirate games and music.

 Autumn Term - Second Half term

 Who was Florence Nightingale?

Week 1 and 2 - Why do we buy poppies?

Learn about the British Leigon and remembrance, make 3D model poppies.

 Week 3 - When was Florence born? What was life like?

Investigate and learn key facts, compare ways of life in the past to today.

 Week 4 - Why is Florence famous? 

Learn about the significant things that Florence Nightingale did during and after the Crimean war.

Week 5 - How can we find out more about Florence?

Using simple sources to carry out own research.

Week 6 - What did Florence do that was so important? 

Learn about the impact of her actions and how this brought about change which has influenced current nursing. 


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