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.

 Spring Term - First Half term    

Could I Be a Vet?

Week 1 - What do vets do?  Learn about the role of a vet and discuss how this is a caring role. Look at other caring roles in society e.g. nurses, fire officer, doctor etc.

 Week 2What types of animals do people keep as pets? Name animals and classify them into different groups e.g. mammals; birds; fish; reptiles. Look at how they are similar and different. Look at /learn about body structures/ features of each animal group.

Week 3How would I keep animals healthy?  Learn about what living things need to grow and survive. Look at and understand  simple animal life cycles.

 Week 4 - What do animals eat? Look at groups of animals based on what they eat. (classify by carnivore, herbivore etc) Look at and learn about simple food chains.

Week 5 - Can we look after an animal? Look at natural habitats . Set up our own class pet e.g snails; fish; sea monkeys; worms or similar. Discuss what the pet needs to live and how we can care for it.  Make observations and record.

Week 6 - What animals live in our school grounds that we need to care for? Learn names of common birds and animals; look around the grounds; set up a simple investigation to see what food gets eaten over night and which animals we think would have eaten it. Discuss habitats and microhabitats.

 Spring Term - Second Half term

 Who Invented Trains?

Week 1 -  How did people travel in the past? Look at artefacts, pictures, online resources to find out about the past.  Ask questions about what it was like for people to travel? How long ago was this? 

 Week 2 - Who invented the first steam engine? Introduce George Stephenson (inventor of the first steam engine) Why did George invent the steam train, why was it needed?

Week 3 - Who built the first railway in Leeds? Learn at Charles Brandling. What did he do? Why was this significant for the local population? Why was the railway important?

 Week 4 - What is Middleton Railway used for today? Learn about what the railway is like today and how this is different to the past.

Week 5 - What was life like for a child at this time? Look at the difference between rich and poor in both housing, clothes.  Children discuss the ways their lives have changed, how are we different from Reception to year 1 or 2? What can the children do now that they couldn’t before? Ride a bike? Read?  Make a timeline of their life.

Week 6 - How has transport changed over time? Look at transport timelines before the steam engines to now.


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