Wider Curriculum Opportunities & Cultural Capital
Our curriculum extends beyond the National Curriculum and includes a wide range of enriching experiences and opportunities both within and beyond the school day. This includes an extensive programme of after-school clubs, that support the core curriculum offer, as well as those which develop specialist skills, such as Spanish and, whilst also extending the range of children’s experiences (Cultural Capital). Residential visits in year 2, year 4 and year 6 build children’s independence and provide enrichment opportunities for learning within different contexts and settings. In year 6, the 5 day residential visit to Stackpole, in Wales, includes opportunities for children to take part in an environmental study and to take part in outdoor activities, such as mountain biking, rock climbing, coasteering, rock pooling and orienteering. Educational visits take place throughout the school year, in all year groups and link explicitly to the term’s learning. Visitors deliver talks, workshops and full day activities across a wide range of subjects, giving pupils access to outside experiences and expertise.
Throughout the year, themed days are woven into the curriculum to extend the breadth and balance of opportunities we offer our pupils. These include, Anti-bullying Week, Internet Safety Day, World Book Day, Fair Trade Fortnight.
Forest School & Outdoor Learning
Forest Schools is designed to provide opportunities for outdoor learning in a woodland environment. As a school we are very fortunate in having our own forest school area and a teacher trained to deliver the Forest Schools programme, who is based at The Warriner School Farm.
Children in our Foundation Stage and Year 1 have weekly forest school sessions. Sessions are designed around the needs of the group to ensure that they are learner-led. Teamwork skills are developed through games and activities. Individual skills and self-esteem are fostered through activities such as hide and seek, shelter building, tool skills, lighting fires or environmental art.
PE & Sport
At Bishop Loveday we are using our PE & Sport Premium to part-fund a qualified sports coach, who leads our PE curriculum across the school and provides high quality instruction during PE lessons for year 5 and year 6. She also promotes increased pupil participation in PE & Sport beyond the school day, liaising with local sports clubs and coaches, and supports our sports’ clubs after school. Year 4 and 5 also benefit from our team of swimming coaches and have a series of 8 lessons each year.
Music and the Arts
Bishop Loveday Primary School provides opportunities for children to take part in a wide range of musical activities and performances where they are encouraged to sing, compose and perform. A range of opportunities are provided within and beyond the curriculum for children to showcase their musical skills and talents, for example our children take part in Children Singing for Children, a local concert for children. Visits to the theatre further enriches pupils’ cultural development. Our Around the World in 80 assemblies programme, provide links between geographical places studied, people studied from history and music from around the world.
Opportunities to Lead
We offer lots of opportunities for pupils to take on new responsibilities and be involved in successfully supporting the life and work of the school. These include elected representatives on our Children’s Council, Eco Committee and leadership roles such as peer mediators, play leaders, librarians and Early Years’ leaders.
Pupils tell us that they enjoy the opportunity to volunteer to help make their school an even better place to be and that they enjoy the additional responsibility.
Opportunities to Develop Spirituality
Opportunities for spiritual development are either presented or naturally arise and are promoted in all aspects of the curriculum and school life, as the children become actively engaged in an enquiry based curriculum and collective worship. This provides a wide range of experiential learning opportunities that enables the children to question, consider, reflect and respond, whilst also considering their own values, beliefs and feelings and those of others, with whom they are working alongside or with. See attached document.
A programme of daily assemblies helps to promote pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development, and provide clear guidance on what is right and what is wrong. Our Worship Coordinator plans assemblies that provide opportunities to worship as a whole school, within phases and within classes. At the end of the school day on a Friday an Assembly of Celebration is held by the headteacher.
Homework can make an important contribution to a child’s progress at school. As well as reinforcing learning in the classroom, homework helps children to develop the skills and attitudes they will need for successful independent lifelong learning.
Homework is set in-line with the school’s policy, with tasks planned to appropriately challenge all pupils. Children have a range of topic linked home-challenges to encourage home-school links and provide parents with an opportunity to be involved with their child’s learning journey. A Knowledge Organiser, detailing the term’s key learning and topic related vocabulary supports parents with this.