Our curriculum extends beyond the National Curriculum and includes a wide range of enriching experiences and opportunities both within and beyond the school day.
whilst also extending the range of children’s experiences (Cultural Capital). A primary focus of our curriculum is to raise aspirations, engender a sense of personal pride in achievement, and provide a purpose and relevance for learning.
In addition to our exciting and stimulating cross-curricular themes, we also provide further enrichment opportunities to enhance children’s learning wherever possible. These include:
Throughout the year, themed days/weeks are woven into the curriculum to extend and enhance the breadth and balance of opportunities we offer our pupils. These include, Anti-Bullying Week, Enterprise Weel, World Book Day, STEM week, Fair Trade Fortnight, RE Days and much more.
As a school we are very fortunate in having our own woodland area and extensive grounds. Our children are able to take their learning out of the classroom and into the natural world, where they can undertake a range of practical activities to support and enhance learning across the curriculum. Having this opportunity has a positive impact on pupils’ learning and development as well as their physical health and mental wellbeing.
We are also an Eco school and teach our children about the importance of sustainability. Our pupils benefit from tending their own growing beds to produce fruit and vegetables to use in cooking activities.
School trips and visits are an integral part of the education of children at Martinshaw Primary. We value the opportunities such visits offer our pupils and the commitment of staff and adults undertaking them. Trips include class visits aimed at bringing learning alive and providing first-hand experience; extra-curricular outings such as sporting events; and attending or taking part in performances or competitions. Our older pupils take part in residential visits, which are planned to provide new and exciting experiences.
Visitors have a valuable role to play and can contribute to many aspects of the life and work of the school. They deliver talks, workshops and full day activities across a wide range of subjects, giving pupils access to outside experiences and expertise. Visitors provide a link with the wider community – children have the opportunity to work alongside artists, musicians, authors, health professions and others.
Our pupils are actively involved in fundraising for various local, national and international charities. We hold annual events such as Children in Need; Comic Relief and Sport Relief.
Take a closer look at our pupils’ enrichment journey: