The topic approach at Childwall Abbey School

To ensure we meet the needs of all our youngest children we provide a pastoral approach to teaching and learning.

For at least 50% of the week pupils in Years 6, 7 and 8 remain with their form tutors for ‘core’ lessons such as English and mathematics (which begin every day). This ensures rapid and successful transition into the school, providing stability and consistency whilst the children familiarise themselves with our staff and expectations.

Years 6, 7 and 8 participate in projects which incorporate several subjects – such as geography, history, religious education, art, technology (design and food), science, modern foreign language and computer skills.

Students are taught by subject specialists from within a small staff team (mainly Year 6, Year 7 & Year 8 pastoral teachers), who become familiar to the children very rapidly. All classes are supported by a Learning Support Officer, who stays with them in all lessons.

The majority of lessons involve very little change of staff or rooms – which is a great help for those who do not cope well with change, or are on the Autism Spectrum.

Outside of this small team, pupils will meet other members of staff with particular subject specialisms, such as Physical Education & swimming, on a weekly basis.

The topics are supported by the Hamilton Trust scheme of work. The topics for the next two years are:


Autumn Spring Summer
2016-2017 Modern Europe Local History Mountains/Seaside Water
2017-2018 WW2 Comparing People & Places Local History