Supporting our young people to develop themselves on a personal level is of prime importance and we offer a wealth of outstanding opportunities to do this from formal programmes such the Learning 4 Life programme which impacts on our young people every day through to the plethora of opportunities both school based and non-school based, home and abroad. This is a snippet of what we offer:-
Curriculum Challenge days with industry leaders such as STEM Challenges in Science, Technology and Mathematic; World trade challenge and Enterprise challenge
Musical and Drama opportunities with the School Orchestra and Choir along with the Community Choir. The widely acclaimed “School show” offering Dance and Drama opportunities; the Recital evening or the Easter review and a whole host of other events involving our children and children from our feeder schools.
Leadership opportunities such as the Reading buddies, Maths leaders, Subject ambassadors, School Council and Form representatives. The Sports Leaders and Dance Leaders work closely with our feeder schools and at a wholes school level we have the Prefect body.
Cultural development through our Philosophy and Ethics days and trips abroad to the Black Forest, Berlin, Normandy, Paris, New York, Krakow, Iceland and Nepal.
Educational visits to Styl Mill, Warwick Castle, Castleton along with numerous Field Trips in Science, Geography and theatre trips in English and Media.
Activities week that provides opportunities of indulging in Sport; Community Service; Engineering; Art and Craft, Adventure or just having some fun.
Throughout all years we aim to cover a wide variety of topics from the PSHE (Personal, Social, Health education) and Citizenship curriculum. We have rebranded these curriculums and formed ‘Learning for life’. We cover many topics including; identity, healthy lifestyles, relationships, diversity, functions of money, first aid, careers, capability, risk, and the law. Each year group is pitched accordingly.
The main teaching sessions are completed once a week in form time but links in with assemblies, flexible learning days, wellbeing days, year 7 personal development lessons and cross curricular links with other departments. The purpose is to encourage pupils to learn key life skills and help educate them to provide the tools needed throughout life.
The main ‘levelled’ assessment will occur on progress day itself where the pupils will be asked to complete a ‘Learning for Life’ assessment. Each year group has a task specifically designed for them and will be marked accordingly. Assessment levels are reported to pupils and parents via the pupils’ annual report. There are also other forms of self-assessment and in class assessments throughout the year.
given this year
Pupils have had 23 options already given to them for the Flexible learning day in November 2013. This is where we use a “drop down” school day to help educate pupils outside the usual classroom setting. This years’ theme was ‘Respect’. This also linked into the ‘Respect’ themed week which included self-esteem workshops and musical recital nights. All pupils have had first aid training this academic year run by St Johns ambulance or British Heart Foundation (Heart start course). Pupils in Year 8-11 have had wellbeing mornings where they have had talks run by external agencies about different aspects of personal health and also some training in avoiding confrontation and self-defence. We have had E safety week which has looked at aspects of being safe on electronic devices. In March there is also another Flexible learning day which is being completed in Year groups.
To talk to your children about many life skills and choices. We have useful resources on Frog and websites below that may promote discussion.
www.kidsmart.org.uk- internet safety.
http://www.o2.co.uk/parents - guidance on phone safety.
If you would like further details about this course please see Mr Wood or email: firstname.lastname@example.org