Topic at The Milford Academy

2018 – 2019:

The children have completed a variety of Topic work in their first half term following the themes: ‘Ourselves’, ‘Magnificent Milford Marvels’, Toys’, ‘Egypt Beliefs’ and  ‘The Vikings (Invasions)’.

Nursery and the Foundation Stage – Ourselves 

In Nursery and Foundation Stage 2 the children cover topics which include the interests of the children, as well as current themes such as festivals, seasons and cultural events. 

Autumn 1 

The children have been learning about ‘Ourselves’, including the importance of healthy lifestyles and keeping safe.  they have also been looking at the Autumnal changes in our environment.  The Nursery children have painted self portraits and made moving people.

The children have been on a walk to the local Flower Park, looking at features of  the local area. They worked out that they could find out if a house had an upstairs by looking at the windows! They made their own maps with symbols to show all the things they noticed on their walk. The children have spent a lot of time outdoors exploring and using their imaginations, whilst working on their strength, confidence and coordination.

Key Stage 1 – Magnificent Milford Marvels and Toys

Autumn 1

The Key Stage 1 children have been looking at the Topic ‘Toys’.  They have compared their current toys with those from the past, noticing that they have a much bigger range of toys today. They have also interviewed residents at Clifton View Care Home about their favourite toys.

The children have enjoyed making their own cone toys.

They had a fantastic day at Sudbury Hall where they were able to play with toys from the Victorian times.

As part of their work on ‘Magnificent Milford Marvels’, the Lower Key Stage 1 children have been designing a healthy sandwich to eat at their class picnic. They have also tasted, planned and evaluated a range of dips and dippers. They particularly enjoyed cutting the fresh chive to make their dip and tried more unusual dips such as sweet chilli and hummus.

In Music they created their own compositions based on a toy of their choice. They used a variety of percussion instruments to recreate sounds made by their toy, and recorded their compositions using a graphic score.

Lower Key Stage 2 – Egyptian Beliefs 

Autumn 1

The Lower Key Stage 2 children have learnt all about Ancient Egypt and have explored the interesting beliefs held in ancient times.  They have been developing their understanding of key vocabulary and now know the meaning of sarcophagus, casket, mummy, natron, mummification, amulet, canopic jar, urn, hieroglyphs and scrolls.

The children have designed canopic jars and had a fabulous time at Nottingham Trent University making them.  They worked with a number of students in an art studio. They worked with clay and a number of different tools to become expert potters.

Upper Key Stage 2 – The Vikings

Autumn 1

The Upper Key Stage 2 children have been learning all about the Vikings and the Anglo-Saxons. The children have learnt lots if facts about the Vikings including: where they came from, why they travelled here, how they survived, what they did to make them so famous and whether they were always the vicious people they are portrayed to be.

They were visited by Bjorn (a traditional Viking person) who took charge of a Viking Day at the Milford Academy. He bought lots of artefacts and replica weapons and clothing for the children to hold and try on.

Bjorn shared with us many stories about Viking life.

2017 – 2018:

The children have completed a variety of Topic work this year following the themes: ‘Celebrations’, ‘Traditional Tales’, The Great Fire of London’, ‘How Our Garden Grows’, ‘Island Detectives’, ‘Stories from other Cultures’, ‘Moving Monsters and Mechanisms’, ‘Life in Roman Times’, ‘Music Around the World’, ‘Castles’, ‘Healthy Lifestyles’, ‘Fairgrounds’, ‘World War Two’ and ‘Natural Disasters’.

Nursery and Foundation Stage

Key Stage 1

Lower Key Stage 2

Upper Key Stage 2