A Curriculum for everyone
Our aim is to provide a world class curriculum that inspires and challenges all learners and prepares them for the future. We are living in the midst of a technological revolution, where advancements in ICT change all the time. Our school continually looks for ways to improve its facilities. We can already boast of an outstanding ICT suite as well as interactive whiteboards in classrooms. Children enjoy developing their ICT skills and are confident when applying them to enhance other areas of the curriculum.
Our school holds both performing and visual arts in high regard. All children take part in drama activities as part of the English curriculum, enabling many to grow in confidence, and so developing their self-esteem. The school performs concerts and productions throughout the school year. The school employs a specialist music teacher to enable children to play a range of instruments and understand music theory. Our recorder ensemble enters local music festivals. The Tees Valley Music Service delivers a variety of workshops throughout the school. Private instrument lessons provide additional opportunities for children to discover their true musical potential.
The school has strong sporting roots. We invite sports coaches specifically to provide professional coaching in a variety of sports. The school takes part in local football, tag rugby, cricket and swimming events and also enhances the curriculum with a diverse range of extra-curricular clubs. The school also offers gymnastics, art, cookery and Film clubs to name but a few.
Focus weeks are always exciting times,
as children are encouraged to think big and take risks. Focus weeks involve all areas of the curriculum and often visiting experts who work with both children and staff. Our Shocflood week was an enormous success and incorporated a litter pick in partnership with the Tees Valley Wildlife Trust, creating a school newspaper and interviewing representatives from the environment Agency.
Because of our belief in learning through experience, we organise topic related visits and invite school visitors to enhance the learning opportunities, providing a further source of inspiration.
Our pupils benefit hugely from our outdoor curriculum. We have created outdoor classrooms for EYFS, KS1 and KS2. We are both a Forest School and a Beach School; we have specially trained staff to lead these activities. We link these approaches with our curriculum, for example Y6 pupils read ‘Kensuke’s Kingdom’ written by Michael Morpurgo. This text provides a fantastic basis for a themed adventure at the beach, this included: making shelters, writing SOS messages in the sand, building a tripod fire and developing knotting techniques to make a bed.
Through our exciting curriculum opportunities, we aim to develop every child, whatever their strength or area of interest. We aim to develop lively, enquiring minds and reflective learners. Our school is a place where everyone can flourish –‘Capturing the imagination of young minds’.
We have a dynamic Governing Body who work in partnership with the Head Teacher and Leadership Team to sculpture and develop the school – making it the very best it can be.