Topic encompasses three different subject areas: History, Geography and Design Technology. The children study 4 different topics each year, two deep studies lasting for ten weeks and two short studies lasting six weeks each. Two of the topics have a main focus of History and the other two have a Geography main focus. Design technology is covered through all four topics.
Children generate questions at the beginning of each topic of areas they would like to explore and this feeds into the planning of the teacher led sessions in which the different History, Geography and Design technology skills are taught. After these sessions the children complete TASC projects where they are encouraged to follow the TASC wheel to complete a Design Technology based project. These projects promote independence, higher order thinking skills and resilience and enable the children to work individually with a partner or within a group. The picture below shows the task wheel illustrating the different steps the children go through to complete their projects.