“The curriculum … is becoming a real strength of this school”
(OfSTED, January 2014)
The curriculum at Stakesby Community Primary is lively, exciting and centred around developing and learning new skills.
Why not take a look at our Curriculum in action.... This link will take you to our Class Blogs....
Our curriculum is based on the National Curriculum requirements for 2014 but is supplemented to meet the needs of the children at Stakesby.
Our aim is that the curriculum will be:
- Broad - providing a wide range of knowledge, skills and experiences.
- Balanced - so that learners have sufficient time in all areas to understand, practise and gain new knowledge, content and skills with sufficient depth.
- Engaging - so that learning can be ‘hands on’, interesting and linked to real experiences.
- Progressive - so that learning is focused and specific, building year on year, ensuring consistency, continuity, and challenge.
- Inclusive - so that there are opportunities for all children to experience all areas of the curriculum.
- Aspirational – so that children aim high, set no artificial ceilings and recognise the power of a resilient, ‘growth mindset’
- Flexible – so that the curriculum is shaped to fit the needs of the individual and not the other way round
Where possible when teaching, we combine subjects into cross-curricular topics in order to make the learning more relevant and more exciting for the children. Topics are wide and varied.
The Whole Child
We see education and learning in its widest sense and aim to educate the whole child: academically, socially, morally, emotionally and spiritually.
Much of this learning takes place through the ‘ethos’ of our school, the daily positive interactions, routines and events which model and encourage positive relationships and personal growth. We also address these areas of learning through our extensive PHSCE curriculum via weekly ‘circletimes’, assemblies, school events, visitors and discussions. Our vision, aims and values are set out visually under their own tab – See ‘Our School’ on the home page.
PHSCE Curriculum Documents
Teaching Children to Keep Themselves Safe
Alongside our PHSCE curriculum, we also have half-termly themes to discuss how children can keep themselves safe:
- Road Safety - this includes being seen in the dark as nights draw in.
- Cyber Safety - in addition to our ongoing e-safety curriculum, one half term is focused on this aspect of safeguarding - this includes visits and presentations from our local PCSO.
- Water/Beach Safety - usually given in the half-term before the summer holidays. We are assisted by our local RNLI with this.
- Fire Safety - usually given near Bonfire Night. We are assisted by our local Fire Service with this.
- Home Safety - this includes discussions about how to avoid accidents and keep safe at home, and we have increasingly included more references to e-safety.
- Personal Safety - This specifically aims to teach children to keep themselves safe when they are unsupervised and how to react if they feel unsafe or uncomfortable in any situation. The NSPCC have been working with us, delivering assemblies and workshops to support this. (An element of abuse-proofing work also takes place as part of our SRE curriculum - see our policy under the 'Our School' Tab)
We view learning to swim as an essential life-skill, particularly for children living near water. Our children have swimming lessons from Year 1. These come as a block of 5 or 6 weeks each year. (Additional lessons are also given to some Year 6 children in their final term to ensure that as many pupils as possible leave our school able to swim 25metres) Younger children travel by coach to Whitby Leisure Centre, older children walk.
Classes usually have two PE sessions during the week, one of which is delivered by our sports coach. In addition, there are a number of extra-curricular sports clubs running throughout the year. There are also many opportunities to take part in local competitions, tournaments or events that encourage participation and keeping active. For further details, refer to our PE Premium report on the ‘ Our School’ tab.
Sex and Relationships Education
Working with parents, carers, health and other staff, we have developed a comprehensive SRE programme which is delivered to all Year 5 and Year 6 children (separately). The programme covers the physical and emotional changes associated with puberty, together with sensitive discussion around gender roles, body-image, preventing abuse and assertiveness in relationships.
One of our key priorities as a school is to ‘broaden horizons’ so that children see themselves as capable of achieving well and having ‘high aspirations’. For this reason, we consciously build in many opportunities to seek out ‘new people, new places, new experiences’.
From the earliest age, children are given outdoor experiences, firstly in the extensive natural school environment. We are lucky to have several natural areas including ponds, orchards, gardens and woodland on site, and these form the basis for our regular Forest School activities.
We are also lucky to have a wealth of historical and geographical resources on our doorstep in Whitby town and harbour, as well as the nearby North York Moors.
By Year 4, we believe children are ready for the opportunity of their first residential experience – 3 nights away at East Barnby Outdoor Education Centre.
This prepares them well for the hugely popular residential week at Bewerley Park Outdoor Education Centre in the Yorkshire Dales.
These 'jigsaw' documents give an 'at a glance' summary of the requirements of the National Curriculum for each year group.
As part of our curruculum structure, we use materials provided by a company called Rising Stars. They have produced a set of guidance documents for parents/carers which set out in more detail what is expected for each year group in the new curriculum.