At Allenton Community Primary School every child has the chance to access enriching experiences, through a variety of ways. We work hard to plan for our lessons to be broad and enriching. In addition to this, we organise special events, visitors, off-curriculum days, and family events to enrich our pupils’ lives and support them in becoming active citizens who contribute positively to society.
Some opportunities are whole-school initiatives, while others are focussed on year groups, classes or small groups.
We believe very strongly that educational visits enhance interest, enthusiasm and achievement for all children. We endeavour to ensure that all pupils from Foundation Stage up to Year 6 have the opportunity to make termly visits to the surrounding community and beyond. All visits link closely to the topic based approach to learning that we promote.
We value strong partnerships with parents and carers. There are many opportunities for families to learn about school life and learning throughout the year. Parents and carers are invited to join us for special events such as Harvest, Nativity and Easter, and to support their children in class with enterprise activities that we hold. Other opportunities for parents and carers to join in class activities are encouraged and workshops are held to inform parents about the curriculum and assessment in school.
As well as creating a TED overview specific to our school there has been a focus on 4 key areas that we wished to build upon.
Support the core curriculum
Seeking opportunities to continue to support the core curriculum based on the humanity subjects across school, during Covid limitations, to broaden children's understanding of the world around them. This has included virtual tours, speakers and productions, giving children the experiences we are not able to offer through outside trips or visitors at this time.
Build the profile of Allenton School
Contribute positively to their immediate and wider community
Providing opportunities for children to contribute positively to their immediate and wider community, and build the profile of Allenton School within Derby. We have formed links and worked alongside local traders, St. Edmunds church, Noel Baker Academy, Derby Radio and Derby Museums through various projects; Window Wonderland, Derby Daffodils, Derby Ram Trail. All projects have been shared with parents who have responded enthusiastically, creating and displaying artwork in their homes and commenting on children's work seen in the community. We also support both local and national charities by taking part in national days and had a fantastic response to our Harvest Food Collection for the local Padley Centre.
Raise aspirations of our children
Raise aspirations of children and provide knowledge and understanding of opportunities available to them. Projects with Primary Futures have enabled us to connect with a range of volunteers from different careers, helping breakdown gender and cultural stereotypes. We are able to show the link between what we learn in the classroom and the can lead to an interesting, exciting future.
Develop a life-long love of reading
Creation of reading areas. Reading areas are designed to be interesting, inviting and exciting. They promote reading for pleasure and encourage children to explore a variety of texts, including those linked specifically to their year group topics.