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.
To make sure that we have a broad and balanced curriculum we regularly plan special weeks during our school year that enable a cross curricular approach to be followed. One of the aims of our special 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 special 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.
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.