Teaching using themes

Creative thinking and innovation come from the ability to apply knowledge and learning from many sources to a problem.

We plan lessons so that children apply their knowledge from more than one subject to a particular theme or topic. This helps children make connections in a very practical way, which allows them to solve problems, think creatively and convert knowledge into understanding.

In the Infant school the children are encouraged to learn through play; for example, in Nursery one of the topics is ‘The Circus’. This involves learning about shapes, counting, listening to stories about animals, singing songs and lots more. This interactive learning process gives children first-hand experience while encouraging them to enjoy learning.

As the children move on to Junior school (ages 6 – 10), we begin to broaden their experience. The children study a particular topic, for example, ‘Light and Shadow’, and use that topic across a range of subjects, including Science, Maths, History and even Literature. The study of the ancient civilisation of Benin would include History, as well as Art in the African masks and Maths through the geometric patterns in fabrics. All of our teachers are trained to create lessons that stimulate children to apply ideas from a range of subjects. We know that this helps them to consolidate their learning in their core subjects and to build their intellectual abilities. As the children move out of Primary school and into Secondary school, the teaching becomes increasingly subject-focused. Children take nine or ten IGCSEs and focus on three or four A Levels in Sixth Form.