Supporting Parents: Topic Launches

Promoting Reading at Ravenor

What is a topic launch?

Once a term, each year group hosts a topic launch where parents are invited to participate in a range of activities relating to a topic that is being studied in that year group. Topic books are out on the tables for the children to use to support them with the learning activities they are doing.

This is an ideal opportunity for parents to see how non-fiction texts are used to support children in different areas of the curriculum.


What topic launches have been held so far?


Year 2- History topic -The Great Fire of London (November 2016)



Feedback from Parents:

 ‘I was glad I could come, enjoyed doing the activity with my daughter and the other children. Lovely new books about The Great Fire of London. Great work- thank you teachers.’

‘I would recommend more parents to come and engage with our children’s learning topic.’


Year 3 – History topic- The Egyptians (November 2016)



Feedback from Parents:

 ‘I enjoyed seeing the children learning about Egypt and having a good variety of books to research.’

‘Was a lovely session. The books were great. I enjoyed it very much.’

‘Books were really interesting and good quality and had lots of information.’


Year 4- Science topic – Sound (January 2017)



Feedback from Parents:

‘Brilliant interaction with the children. Great resources. Books are great too with good information about topics. I recommend more topic launch sessions.’

‘Fantastic time learning with the children- seeing how they understand and absorb the information. Great to see the resources the children have to use and experiment with. The new books are very glossy and informative.’

‘I thought the class was excellent and I thoroughly enjoyed it. It was a pleasure to be involved.’

Year 5- Geography topic-Scotland (January 2017)



We became detectives sifting through the evidence to find out whether the Loch Ness Monster was true or false.

We located the key cities by investigating the geography of Scotland.

In Year 5 we enjoyed weaving which linked to our kilt patterns.

Feedback from Parents:

‘I’m glad to attend this class. The students use excellent books to learn knowledge. They really enjoy these books.’

‘Very impressed with the topic session today and the great activities the class did. The fact books were great and it was nice seeing the children use them.’

‘The books for the topic were very informative’


Year 6- Geography topic- England (January 2017)




Feedback from Parents:

‘This was a great experience to see how the children learn and interact with different activities. Well done to the teachers. Looking forward to the next workshop.’

‘I really enjoyed it- it was a wonderful experience for me. I learned new things.’


During the topic launches the children and parents had opportunities to:

Create fact files about British wildlife

Make a giant map of England

Write their own names in hieroglyphics

Make musical instruments, following a set of instructions

Research facts about historical events

Design family shields

Research articles about the existence of the ‘Loch Ness Monster’