In every year group, Teachers plan a series of topic-based approaches to learning which are firmly rooted upon a set of progressive key skills. Whenever possible, the topics will be used to link together the core subjects such as English and Maths. For example, in the Autumn term of Year 6 the topic is 'The Rainforest'. Through this topic, children will be immersed throughout the curriculum studying: adaptation & evolution; the artwork of Jon Tremaine; location & geographical features of rainforests and comparisons of traditional tribal life. This is alongside writing reports about rainforest animals, narrative stories and persuasive texts linked to deforestation. Children will also develop their speaking and listening skills by taking part in a deforestation debate. By linking the separate subjects under the umbrella of a topic, learning becomes more exciting for children as they are able to build upon their knowledge and understanding throughout the curriculum.
We are the only school in Gloucestershire to fund an Arts Development Officer, Mrs Parkes, who works within all year groups to create large pieces of artwork using more complex mediums such as batik, willow, clay and mosaic which are showcased around the school.
Our Physical Education Specialist Mr Holdaway supports planning across the school and provides advice and support for individual children, teachers and after-school clubs.
Our Music Specialist Mrs Powell works with all children from Reception to Year 6 during curriculum time, using the Charanga Music Scheme. Children are able to access this scheme from home to further their learning. In addition, we have a range of visiting music teachers who give weekly woodwind, strings and guitar lessons throughout the year. Further information on these lessons and the costs involved can be obtained from the school office.
Forest School is an innovative educational approach to outdoor play and learning that provides engaging, motivating and achievable tasks and activities for children in an outdoor environment. Our Forest School is an area of land at the front of our school that has been developed especially for outdoor learning. Forest School provides children the opportunity to learn about the natural environment, how to handle risks, how to use their own initiative to solve problems, co-operate with others, grow in confidence and become self-motivated. Our Forest School sessions are run by Mrs Osmond and Mr Holdaway.