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The Broader Curriculum and Culture Capital

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.

 

We recognise that there are six key areas of development that are interrelated and contribute to building pupils cultural capital:

  1. Personal Development.

  2. Social Development, including political and current affairs awareness.

  3. Physical Development.

  4. Spiritual Development.

  5. Moral Development.

  6. Cultural development.

This section of the website gives a brief outline of some of the curriculum enhancements that we provide.

Sports and Fitness

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. We compete in the following events.

  • Indoor Athletics Championships (Y5 & Y6)
  • Indoor Athletics Championships (Y3 & Y4)
  • Indoor Athletics Championships (Y2)
  • Basketball Tournament
  • Cross Country Championships
  • Highland Games championships
  • Swimming Gala
  • Boccia Championships
  • New Age Curling Tournament
  • Netball Tournament
  • New Age Curling Tournament
  • Football - Griffith Cup
  • Football – Fay Cup
  • Football – Bootle and District League
  • Football Tournament (Y1 & Y2)
  • Girls Football - Bootle and District League
  • Girls' Sports Festival
  • Girls' Dodgeball Tournament (Y5 & Y6)
  • Girls' Dodgeball Tournament (Y3 & Y4)
  • Reception Multi Spots Festival

 

Cycling

Bike it

Children in Year Two and Year Three have a cycling training day on the school playground. By the end of these sessions most of the children who could not previously rides a bicycle, learn how to ride a bicycle without stabilisers. 

 

Bikeability

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.

https://bikeability.org.uk/

(further details on the school’s sporting achievements can be found in the Sports Premium section of the school website)

Music and Drama

All children in Key Stage Two mainstream classes have the opportunity to learn a ukulele. In addition to this children have the opportunity to take part in the following curriculum enhancements.

  • School choir sing at The Peace Proms

  • School choir sing in various care homes at Christmas

  • School choir sing at the Pride of Sefton Awards

  • All children in take part in annual school productions

  • School Choir and Key Stage Two children sing at St Oswald's Church at Christmas time

  • School Choir sing at the local Christmas light switch on

  • World Music Day celebration

Science Week

We hold an annual science fairs in school, there are organised by the pupils. We invite visitors to school for example ‘Mad Science’ - a company that visit schools to inspire and excite children with science . All Science Weeks are based on a theme usually a book that can be shared with children.

 

http://www.madscience.org/

Catch 22

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.

Move It

 

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.

 

http://www.activelifestyles-sefton.co.uk/move-it/

Scrambler Bike Project

 

Children in Year Six work with Merseyside Police on a project to raise awareness of the dangers and community impact of the illegal use of scrambler motorbikes. Children who have won competitions as part of this project have visited Lapland and have been on skiing holidays.

The Windmills Foundation

 

Children at The Grange work in partnership with Windmills Foundation and have linked up with a local care home and its residents. 

 

The Windmills Foundation focuses on developing the quality and the quantity of 'giving' in people's lives while blending this with the other elements of working, learning and playing. The Foundation creates a process for individuals to fulfil their potential to give more effectively as local and global citizens.

 

Visiting Authors and Poets

 

Our most recent visitors have been from Author Sean Perkins and Poet Levi Tafari.

https://www.seanperkinsauthor.com/books-1

https://www.levitafari.net/ 

Special Events

Remembrance Day

Online Safety Week

World Mental Health Week

Chinese New Year

Black History Month

 

 

 

Residential trips

 

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.

YMCA National Centre, Lakeside -

"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)

https://www.lakesideymca.co.uk/

 


 

"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)

https://www.chetcentre.org.uk/

Charitable Giving and Work in the Local Community

  • Children in need
  • Remembrance Poppies
  • Comic Relief
  • Smile Challenge
  • Red Nose Day
  • Children in Need
  • Community Litter Pick
  • The Windmills Foundation

     

    Children at The Grange work in partnership with Windmills Foundation and have linked up with a local care home and its residents. 

     

    The Windmills Foundation focuses on developing the quality and the quantity of 'giving' in people's lives while blending this with the other elements of working, learning and playing. The Foundation creates a process for individuals to fulfil their potential to give more effectively as local and global citizens.

  • https://register-of-charities.charitycommission.gov.uk/charity-details/?subid=0&regid=1141900

After School Clubs affiliated to Children's University

  • Busy Club
  • Choir
  • Circuit Training
  • Cookery
  • Community Garden
  • Creative Crafts
  • Cross country Running
  • Digital Leaders
  • Discovery Club
  • Drama and Props
  • Film Workshop
  • Football
  • Football Tots
  • Gardening
  • Netball
  • Outdoor Activity Club
  • Playtime Pals Games
  • Story Club
  • Study Support
  • Winter Crafts
  • Yoga
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