We believe that enriching the curriculum, adding experiences and events, allows us to ensure our pupils move on from us with a rich tapestry of memories. These help children understand the value of exposure to culture, in the form of theatre, galleries and live music. In addition, pupils are encouraged to see, even at their tender age, that they can make a difference, social enterprise and the impact of giving their time and sharing their talents with various community projects. Our school council play a significant role in deciding upon worthy causes they wish to support.
Bi-annually, our whole school visits First Site, a local gallery with a moveable feast of artists’ work. We have had the pleasure of viewing the work of Antony Gormley and Andy Warhol. With the help of the National Take One Picture materials, we have been inspired to create our own gallery exhibits in our school hall, each class curating the event for their parents to visit.
During alternate years, we embark on our Easter Enterprise, a community enterprise project where pupils are given a start-up fund, then work together deciding on products and/or services to sell to guests. In our junior years, this has included assessing demand, producing promotional short films and calculating profit margins. The winning class decides on the community project they wish to support.
Our school’s broad and balanced curriculum prepares our children for the next stage of their education. Our learning behaviours run through all that we do equipping our pupils for life. We view these as a collective kit bag to enrich and enable them during their time with us and beyond.
We have a central display of these to help visitors understand how they manifest themselves day to day within our provision.
From quite early on, children are able to identify what these learning behaviours look like. In fact, we ask them to notice them in others. All our reward systems are based on nurturing these six behaviours and our school’s Christian character runs through them all.