In order to make subjects relevant and effective we organise our topics to maximize cross curricular working whilst maintaining breadth and curriculum coverage. The school has made a deliberate decision to retain an annual whole school topic which enables all the children to work together and share a whole school theme and visit, tailored to their age and experience. This combined with special days and focused weeks ensures we can tailor our curriculum to recognise significant local and national events, focus on particular aspects of the curriculum or of local interest and celebrate and share in significant moments.
Teachers are encouraged to make meaningful, cross-curricular links in order to provide opportunities for learning both inside and outside the classroom. Numeracy, Literacy and ICT skills are utilised, consolidated and embedded across the curriculum. We plan and develop an annual half term shared topic based on enhancing the curriculum and covering significant events and issues, whilst ensuring balance across subjects. Recent examples include ‘The 2012 Olympics’; ‘100th Anniversary of WW1’ and ‘Into the Forest’.
The school maintains its traditions Maypole dancing, choir, pancake races and church leavers service as well as Christmas performances and Cross Year group plays.
The children have regular opportunities to work with a wide range of their peers from different year groups and with visiting adults and experts. The themed days, mixed working and cross curricular activities encourage a broader set of inter-personal skills and communication as well as promoting and highlighting particular aspects of learning.