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Thematic learning at Hanbury Primary is all about providing knowledge, skills and experiences in an exciting and interesting way that can extend learning.

We aim to teach children how to grow into positive, responsible people, who can work and co-operate with others while developing knowledge and skills, so that they achieve their true potential.


To find out more about our curriculum, click on the icons below to explore the knowledge and skills our pupils will be taught during our Thematic lessons.    The children are immersed in these topics, where learning links to maths and English.

What's happening this Autumn?


Year 1

Year 2

Year 3

We will be exploring a range of subjects such as Art, History, Geography and Design Technology. In Art we will be completing a range of tasks such as creating animal prints, observational drawings and collages. For History we will be exploring extinct animals and looking at the similarities and differences between extinct and animals that are alive today. In Geography we will be investigating where animals live around the world and the links between the weather and animal adaptations. To finish the topic we will be doing Design Technology; we will be designing and making a moving animal.  This term in Year 2 we are taking inspiration from the past in our “Idols” topic. This topic is focused on learning more about special individuals from history who have made a big impact upon history in their own special and unique ways. Children will learn how there are many different ways to gain knowledge about the past and how these peoples and their messages are often as important today as they were in the past. Our female idols will include the inspirational Rosa Parks, the record braking Florence Joyner and the brave Pocahontas. We will also look at Laurie Cunningham and his influence upon West Bromwich and its history. Finally, we will be learning about David Attenborough and all of the changes that have happened to our planet during the children’s lifetime.​ During the autumn term, the history topic for year 3 is “Stones and bones”. In this topic, pupils will be learning about The Stone Age and the progression through the Bronze Age and Iron Age. Pupils will learn about prehistoric beasts, tools and weapons, Stone Age clothing, the foods that were hunted or gathered as well as cave paintings. Pupils will study the changes to homes during this period and create a project advertising their own Stone Age-Iron Age model dwelling.

Year 4

Year 5

Year 6

The pupils have been learning all about The Ancient Greeks, which is one of their history topics this year. They have learnt about how the Greeks migrated from Russia and how they influenced the Olympics and buildings of today.​ Topic has also been linked to Writing, where the children have read 'The Adventures of Odysseus' and 'Greek Myths' and have written persuasive letters and instructions for building a Trojan horse. During the Autumn term, we will be learning about both the Anglo-Saxons and Vikings.  Taking a trip back in time, we will explore the key events in chronological order; including invasions, settlements and historic battles. There will be plenty of opportunities for Art and DT, as we design authentic shields, swords and helmets. From a geographical point of view, we will learn about their homelands and the routes they took using the cleverly crafted longships, before settling in the UK. This half term we shall be looking at the Mayan Civilisation.  We will be using a non-fiction text in reading lessons to learn about their cities and rulers, learning about the Mayan writing and number system and we shall be using computer-aided design programs to design and construct 3D models of Mayan Pyramids on the computers.


Our Curriculum

Please see the "Year Groups" pages for more detailed information about what your child is learning.