The Advantages Of The Thematic Approach In Primary Schools

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The thematic approach has been a big part of education within primary schools for many years. It first began to increase in popularity during the 60’s due to recommendations from the Plowden Report (1967) Within the report, it emphasized that children learn better from being able to find out the information for themselves, rather than being taught it and given the information by the teacher. It involves integrating different subjects together and linking them by one theme or topic, i.e. chocolate. A theme is chosen for a period of time, normally a term, and the teacher develops lesson plans and activities based around the topic. The activities may consist of being hands-on or physical, such as making something or creating a painting. The children could play games on the internet or read certain books to gain information for themselves. There are many advantages to using the thematic approach. Teaching thematically helps children build self-esteem and allows the children to understand what they are being taught. Content and subject areas are integrated and not made obvious to the children what subjects they are being taught. The pupils are able to learn and retain more information through a thematic approach, it encourages the involvement of all abilities of children through topics relevant to them and their learning needs, from the learning aspect the children are able to relate to real-world experiences and build upon their prior knowledge learned from previous lessons

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