A 'thematic' approach is often used in primary school, but high school, and particularly senior high school, totally abandons that to just focus on 'subjects'. What they do with this is also throw out the context and meaning 'baby', with the 'bathwater' - it all becomes about 'detail, detail, detail' and the 'big picture' is almost non-existent. The HomeLearn Launchpad program continues to use a 'thematic' approach, to keep that 'big picture' while still having work related to the different subject 'details'.
The program is built around a sequence of "themes" or Units to make sure that the full curriculum for Science and Society (History, Geography, Civics, Careers & Economics) is covered over the course of the year.
There is a close integration between the English, Science and Society, and the suggested plan moves from one to the other through the Unit of work.
All grade/course levels have the same Science theme at the same time, and these are also shared with our junior school sister site, HomeLearn, for PP-Year 9, so cross-age and family group activities and excursions are possible.
This chart shows a typical sequence, in this case for the "English Project A" course.
You can 'mouse over' cells on this chart for more explanation (desktop browsers)
|ENGPRO A (English Project A) Course|
|Book||Science Topic||Society Topic|