At Wrenthorpe Academy our intention is to enable every pupil to become a successful learner, a confident individual and a responsible citizen. We aim to achieve this by providing a stimulating education which nurtures and develops children, celebrates their achievements and challenges them to aim high and be the best they can be in all that they do.
We aim to have a curriculum which is:
OUR KEY VALUES:
- Wrenthorpe: where everyone is valued
- Wrenthorpe: where everyone is learning
- Wrenthorpe: where everyone is tolerant
- Wrenthorpe: where everyone aims high
- We have designed our curriculum to meet the needs and the interests of the children who attend. We offer a broad and balanced curriculum which inspires children to question and investigate the world around them.
- It is vital that our curriculum ensures that all children are happy in their learning and strive to achieve the challenging targets we set for them. We are determined to ensure that children receive a full and varied curriculum which allows them to deepen their knowledge and interest in the full range of subjects that we study.
- We plan our curriculum to provide opportunities for children to develop as independent, confident, successful learners with high aspirations. Our aim is that children know how to make a positive contribution to their community and the wider society.
- We provide an inclusive environment where learners will enjoy their education and make good progress. Pupils at all levels are helped to achieve their potential.
- We develop our curriculum to ensure thorough coverage, progression and depth of understanding. We aim to provide pupils with memorable experiences, in addition to diverse and rich opportunities from which children can learn and develop a range of transferable skills. A primary focus of our curriculum is to develop in children a lifelong love of learning, raise their aspirations and encourage a sense of pride in achievement.
Teachers plan in PHASE TEAMS and work to a two year cycle. Varied and engaging topics are planned across the year and have a main curriculum driver to enable children to develop a real interest in and a depth of understanding of the subject studied. Alongside the curriculum driver, teachers plan to include many opportunities for applying the taught skills and knowledge of other foundation subjects and to include reading, writing and maths in a meaningful way.
Fundamental British Values and SMSC Values are taught within the topics and may also be taught as part of a theme day or week across school. For example Anti-Bullying Week and the theme of Safeguarding Day are planned for the whole school.
PSHE, RSE and SMSC is taught weekly as part of a comprehensive ‘Jigsaw’ curriculum.
Science is taught for one afternoon each week.
2 hours of PE is taught over two lessons each week.
English and Maths are taught each morning. (GPS, Reading and Writing) is planned using a class novel as a stimulus.
Teachers plan an activity on the first day of a new topic as a ‘hook’ to launch a new topic and to encourage questions and interest. For example:
- Drama session
- Examination of artefacts
- Outdoor learning in the school environment
- A visitor
- Role play experience
- A class problem/challenge
Teachers plan to make use of the outdoors as often as possible to make teaching engaging, varied and memorable. Our outdoor learning environment includes opportunities to study in our:
- wildlife areas
- allotment area
- pond area
- hen area
- and our newly established challenge area which includes fire and den building.
- Teachers also plan to include curriculum enhancements to bring the topics to life.
- Class visits – eg: Church, Science Museum, Wildlife Park, Farm Visit
- Residential visit – Y6 children take part in a number of outdoor challenges eg: den building, raft building and orienteering.
- Visitors to school – eg: parents who share their skills and work experiences, Religious leaders, Drama groups, Dance specialists.
- Workshops delivered by specialists – eg: sculpture, music teacher, history experience
- Competitions – eg: Science, Drawing, DT, Spelling, Talent Show
- Themed Weeks/Days – eg: British Values, Sports Week, French Café, Arts Weeks
- Class Assemblies – children present their work to parents and grandparents
- Inspire Mornings – parents and grandparents work alongside their children in school, writing poetry, designing and making products or sewing for example.
- Performance opportunities – eg: Pantomime, Christmas Performances, Performance Poetry, Musical Extravaganza.
AFTER SCHOOL CLUBS
As part of the whole school curriculum offer we also encourage pupil attendance at the huge variety of After School Clubs which we offer:
- Drama Club
- Chess Club
- Ukulele Club
- Poetry Club
- Gardening Club
- Computing Club
- Cooking Club, to name a few, and
- a large range of Sports Clubs are also available.
INTER-SCHOOL and INTRA-SCHOOL TOURNAMENTS and COMPETITIONS
To give the PE experience real purpose and challenge we take part in many competitions and tournaments:
- Cross Country
- Tag Rugby
- Multisport (SEND)
- Cricket, plus many more.
PUPIL LEADERSHIP TEAM and other school responsibilities.
Children are encouraged to take on additional roles of responsibility in school:
- Head Boy/Girl (Y6)
- Senior Leadership Team (Y6)
- Team Captains (Y6)
- Prefects (Y5)
- School Council (Y1-Y6)
- Classroom Monitors (Y1-Y6)
- Playground Leaders (Y2 and Y6)
- Members of Parliament for the Trust (Y5)