We enrich our curriculum through Theme Weeks and Focus Days.
To enable full curriculum coverage in a thorough way, certain subjects have been allocated ‘blocked time’.
History and Geography are taught for half an academic year each with the skills and core knowledge being enhanced with ENHANCED PROVISION AREAS.
Technology is taught for 1 full week on a termly basis as below:
|Autumn||Structures and mechanisms||Problem solving and application of number|
|Spring||Materials: Joins||Physical Agility and Improving Own Learning and Performance|
|Summer||Food preparation||Problem Solving and Application of Number|
A few days before the Theme Week ‘lead in’ preparation sessions are held, when children design their product.
The week is spent MAKING the product. A variety of creative and practical activities are used. A few days after the week, the product is EVALUATED.
Technical core knowledge around the theme, is displayed for the full term.
A New Skills day is held annually when children are given opportunities to fulfil aspects of the Student Exit Profile, for example; beginning a hobby or playing board games
All classes have a Peace and Harmony session each term. This session is a combination of; circle time – to discuss a relevant topic, philosophy – to ask and discuss important and thought-provoking questions, and Relax Kids – practising relaxation and wellbeing skills. Classes also use their 10 Minutes a Day session to address PSHCE issues.
All classes are allocated 2 half days per half term to cover a total of 6 units throughout the year. E-safety is revisited every term and includes focussed assemblies. The curriculum is a combination of theory and practical work – ‘plugged’ and ‘unplugged’.