We aim to provide as wide a range of opportunities for our children as possible. We believe that it is important for them to see the relevance of what they are learning to the real-world and their future lives, as well as to be able to meet and learn alongside people from the local and wider communities.
Within our curriculum provision, children benefit from visitors to the school who help to enhance their experience. These range from members of different religious communities to business people, representatives from environmental groups, local police officers and PCSOs. Many of these visitors share their experiences, expertise and beliefs with the children and also support them in developing their learning and roles within school.
Our partnerships and participation with the national Apps for Good programme provides children with a real life context for learning that develops their problem solving and collaborative skills as they work together to generate ideas for an app, and research and design how this would work and look, and who the target audience would be. This is all supported by visits from business people, both in person and via Skype across the world with companies such as Thompson Reuters, The Logic Group and Agile ICT.
There are also a range of opportunities across the school for children to develop their social and academic skills by taking part in activities and competitions with children from other local schools, such as in sports, building challenges, spelling and maths. In Year 5 and 6, there are also additional opportunities to visit local secondary schools.
Our children understand that it is important to make contributions and as part of our PSHE curriculum, each year group carries out a project to ‘Pay it Forward’. In recent years, we have produced artwork for local buildings and businesses, we have picked up litter to improve our local environment and we have written letters to members of our local care home.