At Smannell and Enham we really believe in the importance of a broad and balanced curriculum. We take every opportunity to ensure that our children have the opportunity to be engaged in their learning, that after all is what excites and motivates them.
All of children have access to a themed approach to learning, typically a theme will last for about half a term. Not all subjects are appropriate to themed learning. High quality maths and English teaching will accompany themed learning for our children as they progress through the school. We know that learning is successful where there is a genuine purpose which is what we aim to foster especially in our writing.
To make sure that we have a broad and balanced curriculum we regularly plan weeks during our school year that build upon this cross curricular approach. These have become known as 'Legacy Weeks'. There are two reasons for this. We wanted to reinforce the identity of our school, after all our motto asks us 'to leave a legacy.' We'd also like our weeks to provide our school and our learners with a legacy, it could be a legacy of learning or a physical legacy.
One of the aims of our Legacy Weeks is to make sure that children have access to high quality stimulating learning activities in a range of subjects that may not be easy to otherwise include. We plan to have three of these across the school year. In 2016-17 we celebrated the life of Roald Dahl in September, our 100th day in school in February and towards the end of the year explored the world of Treasure Island.
Within our Legacy Weeks one area of the curriculum will usually take the lead. In our June 2017 week we used the heritage text 'Treasure Island' by Robert Louis Stevenson as our lead. This enabled us to open up a different world for our learners of all ages and provided a range of English activities. Design Technology also featured with the construction of model rafts and some very 'wormy' ship's biscuits.
Autumn 2017 saw us adopt a title for the first time, 'What a Load of Old Rubbish'. This week had a focus on reducing , reusing and recycling. We worked extensively with Test Valley Borough Council to explore this theme, one legacy was that we became a certified Recycling Star.
Our planned programme for 2018 is very exciting. Our Spring term Legacy Week had an 'Eco' theme and was known as, " What a Wonderful World." Our Junior Governors successfully planned the week well enough for the legacy to be the awarding of the Bronze Eco-Schools award. Summer term coincided with the festival season, our legacy was to hold our own arts festival in which we could celebrate diversity as well as including our CIRCUS skills of creativity and spirituality. Our Autumn term week is simply titled '1918'. Within this we plan to explore two aspects as we learn about the legacy of the centenary of the end of World War 1 as well as the 100th birthday of suffrage. Our plan is to challenge some stereotypes.
We are always reviewing our curriculum with the aim of including the strengths and successes of Legacy week within it. Autumn 2018 has seen us introduce Project Pride which has the following three elements within it - Pride in our learning, proud of our achievements, proud of our school. One of the aims in Project Proud is to encourage our children to learn that having a sense of pride in your learning really has an impact on your achievements.
One feature we always seek to include is cross age range working. This may take the form of our houses, (oak, beech, sycamore and lime) working collaboratively, this is an integral part of our CIRCUS skills.