At All Saints as well as fulfilling the core curriculum requirements of the National Curriculum, we place great emphasis on cross curricular links to stimulate our children's love of learning. We also consider it of great importance to apply their knowledge to 'real life' and problem solving activities. The long term plan and termly plan for each year groups can be found on individual class pages.
Learning beyond the classroom
We believe that learning goes beyond the classroom and are very fortunate to be situated in a part of the world where there is a wealth of enrichment activities on offer. Our curriculum is enriched by regular visits to local museums, art galleries, theatres, science education centres and the local facility of Bishop's Park. As well as visiting the Palace every week for Forest School, some of our older pupils have been involved in creating a maths trail for the education centre to use with other local schools. Recent visitors to the school include theatre companies, a post lady from Antarctica, representatives from the NSPCC and other more local charities and circus workshops.
We are also committed to providing high quality opportunities in the performing arts. We run a three yearly cycle of performing arts festivals with every child in the school becoming involved. In 2017 we held a wonderful Art Exhibition based around the topic of 'emotion', as part of this each child created a monster sculpture to reflect our' mood meter' . In 2018 we will be having a Music Festival; with the entire school, staff and parents participating.
In KS2 we offer a range of overnight residential visits which support team building and independence, as well as enabling the children about aspects of geography and history in an exciting and 'hands on' way.
Special curriculum events
When we ask children what they enjoy most about school, they frequently mention special curriculum events. This year, events include International Day, Harvest Festival, the Early Years nativity play, the Year 6 school play, the Talent Show run by the school council and a number of music recitals, as well as our regular class assemblies throughout the year, where parents and carers are invited to see what children have been learning.
In addition to our curriculum based teaching on Religious Education, All Saints provides further opportunities for pupils to develop their experience, knowledge and understanding of the Christian Faith through the delivery of Godly Play sessions.
Godly Play is a creative, imaginative and spiritually rich approach to the nurturing of faith. It is based on the telling of stories from the Bible and uses beautifully made objects, symbols and religious language to enhance the meaning and messages of both Old and New Testament stories. Through "I wonder" questions and open-ended response time, Godly Play can help children see and think about things differently - an approach which enhances the already well-rounded and inclusive RE curriculum. Stories are taught to year groups, either in school or at All Saint's Church. These sessions are led by teachers, as well as the Vicar or an experienced Godly Play teacher.
Reception Class recently visited their local library to receive their library cards and also had a visit from the author Andrew Weale. Please click on the link below to read more:-
RULER article in the Telegraph - Using the RULER approach in schools - the benefits of children connecting to their emotions. Please click on the link below to see the article.