The School curriculum comprises all learning and other experiences that we plan for our pupils. The central aims of our curriculum are to provide opportunities for all pupils to learn and to achieve; to promote pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development and prepare all pupils for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of life. The curriculum of the school is organised so that children are stimulated, encouraged and challenged to develop their individual potential and personality to the full.
At Claypole Church of England Primary School, our curriculum comprises all the learning and other experiences that we plan to meet the needs and interest of our pupils. It is constantly evolving to develop the skills needed for children to become successful learners, help prepare them for life in modern Britain and empower them to achieve success in the future. Our aim, to deliver a dynamic and innovative curriculum that challenges, excites and inspires children to become successful and confident learners and achieve their best, is the main driving force behind how we design and deliver our curriculum.
The school’s curriculum promotes and sustains a thirst for knowledge and understanding, and a love of learning. It covers a wide range of subjects and provides opportunities for academic, technical, creative and sporting excellence. It has a very positive impact on all pupils’ behaviour and safety, and contributes very well to pupils’ academic achievement, their physical well-being, and their spiritual, moral, social and cultural development.
Our curriculum is planned in themes, with topics chosen to capture the interests and imaginations of our children. Themes include Time Travel, I am Warrior, Land Ahoy, as well as many more exciting topics. Each theme is introduced through a Curriculum Launch Day which is designed to engage children in their learning, and finishes with a grand finale to celebrate all that has been achieved. Skills-based learning is developed by linking subjects such as history, geography, art, design technology and music to the topic being studying. This allows children to make purposeful links in their learning. We also use every opportunity to make further links through reading, writing, maths, science and computing where relevant. PE and RE are often taught as discreet subjects to allow coverage of the main objectives and age appropriate skill development.
In addition to our exciting and stimulating themes, we also provide further opportunities to enhance children’s learning wherever possible.
School trips and visits are an integral part of the education of children at our school. We value the opportunities such visits offer our pupils and the commitment of staff and adults undertaking them. Trips include class visits aimed at bringing learning alive and providing first-hand experience; extra-curricular outings such as activities with the school choir or sporting events; and attending or taking part in performances or competitions.
Children in Years 4, 5 and 6 have the opportunity to take part in residential visits. These are planned to provide new and exciting experiences.
VISITORS INTO SCHOOL
Visitors have a valuable role to play and can contribute to many aspects of the life and work of the school. They deliver talks, workshops and full day activities across a wide range of subjects, giving pupils access to outside experiences and expertise. Visitors provide a link with the wider community – children have the opportunity to work alongside artists, musicians, authors, health professions and others.
EXTRA CURRICULAR CLUBS
As a school we offer pupils opportunities to participate in extra-curricular activities after school and at lunchtime. At any time a wide range of clubs is on offer – our programmes of clubs and activities available is revised termly depending on the time of year and other commitments children may have.
PE & SPORT
We employ a full-time qualified sports coach to provide high quality instruction during PE lessons alongside our teachers and run sporting activities after school. Children in Years 3, 4 and 5 benefit from swimming lessons for a term at a local indoor pool in Newark.
MUSIC, ART & DRAMA
We provide opportunities for children to take part in a wide range of musical activities and performances where they are encouraged to sing, compose and work creatively with sound. Through active listening, pupils’ awareness, understanding and appreciation of a wide variety of music are developed. Currently, all our year 5 children are learning to play the ukulele and all Key Stage 2 children have the opportunity to learn to play an instrument through one-to-one music tuition. A range of opportunities are provided within and beyond the curriculum for children to showcase their musical skills and talents, for example every two years our older pupils take part in Young Voices where school choirs across the Midlands region come together to performance at the Indoor Arena in Sheffield.
As a school we appreciate and understand the importance of drama within our curriculum. Research reveals that drama had a positive impact on children’s physical, emotional, social and cognitive development. Drama is developed across the whole school in a variety of ways through the support of a local drama group including story-telling, and across Key Stage 2 through the input of a specialist drama and media teacher. Children have opportunity to apply and develop their skills through rehearsal and performance.
OPPORTUNITIES TO VOLUNTEER
Volunteering is an activity that everyone can get involved in and benefit from. At Claypole Church of England Primary School, we promote and encourage pupils’ active citizenship and positive contribution to the school and wider community. We offer lots of opportunities for pupils to take on new responsibilities and be involved in successfully supporting the life and work of the school. These include elected representatives on our Children’s School Council. Older pupils can also apply and be interviewed for positions such as Phone Duty, Fruit Monitor, Librarians, and within classes children can volunteer to take on various responsibilities ranging from lunch duties, to collecting and distributing registers, to helping with the organisation of equipment in assemblies.
Pupils tell us that they enjoy the opportunity to volunteer to help make their school an even better place to be, and rising to the challenge that additional responsibility brings.
Homework can make an important contribution to a child’s progress at school. As well as reinforcing learning in the classroom, homework helps children to develop the skills and attitudes they will need for successful independent lifelong learning.
Homework is set in-line with the school’s policy, with tasks planned to appropriately challenge all pupils. Weekly activities focus on literacy and numeracy to reinforce and consolidate skills taught. Projects inspired by our topics are also set - this provides an opportunity for children to think creatively and produce their own form of response for example a model or piece of art work, a project, an IT presentation, a recount following a family visit.
We value the benefits of outdoor learning. Children are stimulated by the outdoors where they can undertake a range of practical activities to support and enhance learning across the curriculum. Our Foundation Stage and Key Stage One pupils benefit from outside classrooms, activities and tending growing beds.
Further up the school, opportunities are built into the curriculum for children to continue learning beyond the classroom including undertaking fieldwork and enquiry based work in our local areas.
At Claypole Church of England School, we take our performance in sport seriously and attend competitions and tournaments with the intention to perform at the highest level and aim to be successful. We also recognise the importance for children to participate and to learn to love sport and will also seek opportunities to enter festivals to help promote the love and enjoyment of sport.
The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) has it's own curriculum specifically designed for young children and supports their learning and healthy development. Your child will be learning skills, acquiring new knowledge and demonstrating their understanding through 7 areas of learning and development:
Communication and language
Personal, social and emotional development
Understanding the world
Expressive arts and design
These 7 areas are used to plan your child’s learning and activities. This is similar to the curriculum in primary and secondary schools, but it's suitable for very young children. It is designed to be flexible so that staff can follow the individual needs and interests of our children and allows children to learn through immersion, exploration, being active and through creative and critical thinking which takes place both indoors and in our outdoor learning environment.