The school curriculum is more than the National Curriculum alone: it is everything that a school does to contribute to the development of each and every child from the time it opens to the time it closes each day.
Recognising this fact, we have developed a rich school curriculum that seeks to serve our vision of Future Readiness through 'Curriculum vehicles'. These are largely subject neutral learning themes that teach the National Curriculum subjects, but often go beyond its scope to equip our pupils with essential future ready skills. Our children are enjoying learning through a 'vehicle' and are able to make links between the various curricular subjects and how they all build to a real life end outcome.
The 'Curriculum vehicles' go beyond the National Curriculum and also incorporate the following key values:- metacognition and self-regulated learning, teamwork, Gospel values and British Values, managing feelings and behaviours, managing relationships, cultural appreciation, managing time and resources, global awareness and responsibility.
As part of the Vehicles, we aim to provide the children with a range of different experiences to enrich the learning. Each termly Vehicle will include a visit out of school and as many visitors into school that we can find to keep the learning, enthusiasm and interest at a maximum level.
We are excited to be launching our curriculum vehicles for
the Autumn 2020 Term...
Nursery class are going to be 'Little Explorers' with each week bringing a new learning challenge as they explore their new school, their own lives and the world around them. Covering everything from school life to nature, they will get their little magnifying glasses ready and enquire about the world around them.
Reception class 'All about me' as they start their official school life journey, the class will celebrate who they are, their likes and dislikes, their families, their school community and everything that makes them special. The children will be making their own portrait gallery filled with their own paintings as they become artists making a class gallery to celebrate everything about themselves!
Year 1 are looking at 'The Bear Necessities' with a teddy bear's picnic and a toy museum to bring their learning to life.
Year 2 are becoming young entrepreneurs as they make their own 'Smashing Smoothies'. Watch this space as we work with local businesses to find out how to design a product and take it to market. Maybe you will end up buying a smoothie made by one of our very own Year 2 pupils!
Year 3 are enterprising Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood style in 'The Great British Bake off' designing their own cake and breads, whilst studying the local history of baking and bread making in Stafford and Stoke. The big question remains - who will win the award of Master Baker?
Year 4 are young historians, looking at heritage tourism in our local area through 'High House History'. They will examine the history of the Ancient High House and how important Stafford became during Tudor times. As Historians, they will create their own exhibition for display in the High House itself.
Year 5 are exploring economy, cultural diversity and the impact of exploration of the world through 'Slavery'. Working with Tissington Hall, they will relate the impact of the salve trade on the history of the local area and the development of ports and docks across the UK.
Year 6 are journalists gathering content for their Polar Regions and climate change magazine pull out for our local newspaper. Looking at the journey of Polar explorers (including some visitors!), they will examine what life is like in the Polar regions and most importantly how our lifestyle can impact on carbon footprints and saving the planet. Year 6 are campaigners in the making through 'It's Snow Joke'.
Welcome to our exciting curriculum!