Our Curriculum Statement
At Shade School we aim to provide the children with a curriculum which is broad, well balanced and above all stimulates the children to learn. Through a positive and caring environment, we provide the opportunity for every child to reach their full potential.
We deliver programmes of study that meet the National Curriculum requirements issued by the DfE.
Our broad and balanced curriculum provides a wide range of opportunities for pupils to learn and this supports pupils’ good progress. The curriculum also contributes well to pupils’ behaviour and welfare, including their physical, mental and personal well-being, safety and spiritual, moral, social and cultural development. It inspires the pupils to learn.
Subjects are taught discretely but the links between other areas of the curriculum are maximised.
We track and assess children’s progress in the foundation subjects using spreadsheets in order to ensure that our provision extends and develops pupils’ skills, knowledge and understanding.
Some of the aspects of our curriculum provision are listed below:
- Specialist curriculum music provision
- String tuition for Y4
- Opportunities to learn the piano and guitar
- Outdoor activities such as orienteering, rock climbing, hill walking have planned curriculum time, supported by Sports Premium
- Wow trips near the start of a topic to stimulate interest and engagement e.g. Saxons day at Danelaw Living History Museum, York
- Wow weeks to celebrate and further develop a subject e.g. Science Space week 2016, Circus Skills 2015
- Cookery for all classes
- Specialist dance and gym tuition
- Opportunity to perform on stage at the local theatre
- New pupil library
- Learning log homework
At Shade, we seek to create opportunities for children to experience and excel in a range of activities that enhance and extend the National Curriculum. Children have opportunities both inside and outside the classroom eg Forest School Days, Residential trips, gifted and talented workshops, a variety of sporting events, visiting speakers and much more. We also have a range of after school clubs.
We also value the role of modern foreign languages in the curriculum and French is taught throughout KS2. We liaise with our secondary school colleagues and draw upon their expertise and experience to ensure the children get the best quality provision.
When children leave Shade at the end of Year 6, they should be equipped with the full range of skills that enables them to become lifelong learners. As a developing Unicef Right Respecting school, children are equipped with the social skills and understanding to become good citizens in the future.
We believe that the school/parent relationship is key to promoting learning beyond the school gates and crucial in ensuring children make the best possible progress. We pride ourselves on our open, friendly and approachable nature that encourages parents to be involved in their children’s learning.
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As part of Shade’s commitment to safeguarding and child protection we fully support the government’s Prevent Strategy, and take guidance from Teaching Approaches to help build resilience to extremism.
What is the Prevent Strategy?
The Prevent strategy is a government strategy designed to stop people becoming terrorists or supporting terrorism. It:
– responds to the ideological challenge we face from terrorism and aspects of extremism, and the threat we face from those who promote these views
– provides practical help to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism and ensure they are given appropriate advice and support
– works with a wide range of sectors (including education, criminal justice, faith, charities, online and health)
Please read prevent-strategy-review which is the official government document.