At The Grange we offer our pupils a broad and balanced curriculum. Our curriculum reaches far beyond the classroom, we provide opportunities for children to participate in a number of events and activities designed to both enhance the delivery of the statutory National Curriculum and provide learning opportunities beyond the statutory requirements.
This section of the website gives a brief outline of some of the curriculum enhancements that we provided during the 2016 - 2017 academic year.
In addition to the statutory Physical Education Curriculum, we provide children with the opportunity to take part in a number of competitive events both in school and against other schools. In 2016 - 2017 we competed in the following events.
(further details on the school’s sporting achievements can be found in the sports premium section of the school website)
Junior Chef Academy
All children from Year One to Year Six had the opportunity to participate in a Junior Chef workshop. This is a well established annual event where children make a meal or snack to take home under the guidance of a trained chef and his staff. This year the theme was 'Mission Nutrition'. The children used a simple recipe to make and energy boosting rice salad.
"Junior Chef's Academy is all about helping young people make smarter choices about healthy eating by making food education Fun."
Music and Drama
All children in Key Stage Two mainstream classes have the opportunity to learn a musical instrument; either a djembe drum or a ukulele. In addition to this children had the opportunity to take part in the following curriculum enhancements.
School choir sang in the ‘Young Voices’ concert in Manchester Arena
School choir sang in old people’s homes at Christmas
School choir sang at the Pride of Sefton Awards
All children in Key Stage Two played a part in the Christmas Pantomime ‘Cinderella Rockerfella’
Children in Key Stage One took part in a Christmas carol concert
This year’s Science Week was launched by an assembly hosted by ‘Mad Science’ - a company that visit schools to inspire and excite children with science . Following the assembly, classes completed a number of science investigations linked to books by Roald Dahl. The week culminated in a Science Fair that was hosted by children from each class. This was followed by a helium balloon race where every child released a balloon from the playground. The first balloon was found on the Yorkshire Moors within an hour of the launch.
Children in Year Two and Year Three had a cycling training day on the school playground. By the end of the sessions all of the children who could not previously rides a bicycle had learned how to ride a bicycle without stabilisers
Bikeability is today’s cycle training programme. It’s like cycling proficiency, but better. It’s about gaining practical skills and understanding how to cycle on today’s roads. Bikeability gives everyone the skills and confidence for all kinds of cycling.
There are three Bikeability levels, each designed to improve cycling skills, no matter what is known already. Levels 1, 2 and 3 take trainees from the basics of balance and control, all the way to planning and making an independent journey on busier roads.
Catch 22 is a registered charity that works with the children in Year Five and Year 6. They run workshops aimed at raising awareness of issues such as child sexual exploitation, drugs and gangs.
Every year we provide the opportunity for all children in Year Four, Year Five and Year Six to go on a residential visit. Children from Year Four and Year Five have the opportunity to visit Crosby Hall - a local center set in spectacular woodland owned by Crosby Hall Educational Trust. Children in Year Six visit Lakeside Adventure Centre, Windemere.
"Research shows that school trips and outdoor learning can improve academic achievement and make students more willing to learn. And at Lakeside we offer so much more. Our outdoor education programmes are designed around your students and young people, no matter what their needs, background or learning objectives.
On the shores of Lake Windermere, they’ll be taken out of their comfort zone. They’ll learn to work as a team, trust themselves and one another, and take on challenges they never thought possible – all while having the time of their lives." (Lakeside Website)
"The value of residential courses for children is widely recognised; a period of community living is seen as an essential part of a child’s social and educational development. Immersion in this beautiful and friendly environment, away from the distractions and pressures of everyday life, can benefit students of all ages, often allowing previously undiscovered talents to emerge. We offer a number of options (see below), providing full board, freshly prepared nutritional meals and a comprehensive timetable of activities for residential stays. Having recently extended our facilities we are now able to accommodate up to 60 children, with all groups benefitting from sole occupancy." (CHET website)
Move It is a six week exercise and nutrition program aimed at pupils wanting to improve their health and fitness. During the sessions children receive healthy eating tips and take part in multi sports activities, fitness circuits and nutrition based games.
Scrambler Bike Project
Children in Year Six worked with Merseyside Police on a project to raise awareness of the dangers and community impact of the illegal use of scrambler motorbikes. This saw three pupils visit Lapland shortly before Christmas.
Class trips and visits
The following off-site educational visits took place during the autumn term:
Choir Club Performed a selection of songs for the residents at James Dixon Court
Class One Marion Square
School Council Crosby Lakeside Activity Centre (Local History Project)
Key Stage Two Classes Performed a selection of seasonal songs at St. Oswald’s Church
Class Four Performed a selection of seasonal songs at James Dixon Court
Class Six Crosby Lakeside Activity Centre
Class Eleven / Twelve Haskayne – ‘Pride of Sefton’ narrow boat trip
Year Three / Four Residential visit to Crosby Hall Educational Trust (CHET)
Class Six Chester Zoo
Class Ten Liverpool World Museum
Class Eleven Croxteth Hall and Farm
The following off-site educational visits took place during the spring term:
Choir Club Young Voices Event at Manchester Arena
Class One Knowsley Safari Park
School Council The Atkinson Museum (Local History Project)
Years Four – Six Sports Hall Athletics Event held The Hawthorne’s F.S.
Year Six Lakeside Residential
Class 8 / Class 4 Highland Games Event held at The Hawthornes’s F.S.
Class Five Crucial Crew Safety Event held at the P.D.C. in Formby
The following visits and activities took place during the summer term:
Reception Multi-Sports Event at Liverpool Academy
Class One ‘Sure Step Pedestrian Training’ – local area
Class Two Spaceport
Reception Martin Mere
Class Eight/Nine Group Presfield School – Farm Activities
Years Two and Six Children’s University Graduation – Edge Hill University
Year Five Group ‘Bikeability’ training – local area
Nursery /Reception Visits from Shy Lowen Horse Sanctuary and Acorn Farm
Class Seven / Eleven
School Council Local History Project – Atkinson Museum /
Representatives Celebration Event at Bootle Town Hall
After School Clubs affiliated to Children's University