A good education is the springboard for lifelong learning and an understanding and appreciation of others. It also facilitates the development of skills and knowledge that allows young adults to cope with whatever life throws at them. We recognise that learning is not just confined to the classroom; learning can occur anywhere! What is important for learning to occur is the resources, experiences and people that make it happen. Remember not everything we learn can be recorded in copy books or expressed as a grade.

In all of our primary schools we interleave the development of a child’s cultural capital at the heart of our bespoke thematic curriculum. Cultural capital can be defined as the accumulation of essential knowledge needed to be educated citizens to engender an appreciation of human creativity and achievement. It is through this understanding that we have developed a non-negotiable list of experiences to empower pupils’ learning and deepen their knowledge of both curriculum and non-curriculum content. In short, the development of additional experiences for our pupils will strengthen the fabric of their learning and allow them to navigate through school with a deepened sense of security and happiness.

Each primary school in our Trust has carefully selected the experiences that will be contextually important to the children in their care. These chosen experiences and activities have been incorporated into our curriculum to enrich learning and enhance the children’s understanding of the world that we live in. Below is a small selection of activities that pupils across all of our schools will encounter to reinforce our curriculum themes.

Our curriculum themes:

  • The World Around Us
  • The World Beyond Us
  • Culture
  • Healthy Bodies Healthy Minds
  • Technology in Action
  • Modern Britain

Examples of the 50 activities that our pupils will experience are:

EYFS

  • Make a trail for others to follow
  • Make a daisy chain
  • Make a mud pie
  • Visit a farm or zoo
  • Build something as part of a team
  • Hunt for bugs
  • Bring up a butterfly
  • See a frog develop from a tadpole
  • Look after a live animal
  • Be visited by Birds of Prey/Owls

KS1

  • Listen to classical music
  • Make a time capsule
  • Fly a kite
  • Have a picnic in the park
  • Find their way with a map and compass
  • Go bird watching
  • Visit an old peoples home
  • Perform on a stage
  • Hold a scary beast
  • Go to the theatre
  • Be a pirate for the day
  • Plant a garden/tub

LOWER KS2

  • Break a world record
  • Visit a local sporting event
  • Become a chocolatier
  • Learn to play a musical instrument
  • Go pond dipping/rock pooling
  • Plant it, grow it, eat it
  • Hunt for fossils and bones
  • Jump over the waves
  • Learn to swim
  • Write to a pen pal
  • Visit the theatre
  • Make and sell a product
  • Work with an artist
  • Meet an author
  • Visit a local restaurant
  • Visit the cinema

UPPER KS2

  • See a live performance
  • Join and visit the library
  • Go star gazing
  • See a person in their place of work
  • Travel on a range of different transport
  • Grow food to eat
  • Make a three course meal
  • Learn Yoga
  • Create art in a large, open area with all white walls (or big sheets of paper tacked up) with paint in all colours imaginable
  • Go bowling
  • Watch an artist at work
  • Visit the Houses of Parliament

Young people need to be able to experience learning in multiple contexts, locations and formats – this is how resilience and creativity are nurtured.