During the afternoons the school uses a ‘Creative’ skills based curriculum. Two lessons of PE and ICT, and one of music and RE are timetabled predominantly in the afternoons. The remaining time is known as ‘Blocked time’. All the remaining subjects are taught not as ‘fact or knowledge led’ sessions, but as the teaching of skills that are easily transferred from one subject to another in readiness for high school and life beyond that.
In response to a Government initiative which gave every school the opportunity to develop its own curriculum, we have amended our afternoon curriculum to one which is creative, fun and focused on skills.
The Creative Curriculum links subjects through topic-work, using inspirational activities such as art, ICT and drama to enrich children’s experiences. Role-play, themed days and multimedia are used to engage children in topics which interest them. Each termly topic is firmly based upon a set of progressive skills and where possible the topic will be used to link together the core subjects. Children are involved in choices about their topics, which mean that they are interested in what they are learning, so become active and independent learners. It offers children the opportunity to study in depth, giving them the time they need to reflect, consolidate and transfer their learning. They are able to develop a wide range of skills that they will be able to carry with them throughout life.
The school buys in many experienced professionals in a wide variety of subject areas to supplement the children’s learning. We also take our children on a variety of educational visits that again enhance their learning.