We have recently reviewed the learning at St Helen’s and now have in place a cycle of exciting, relevant and engaging topics for each year group. Our curriculum is based on high quality, creative learning experiences that will prepare our children for the challenges that lie ahead.
We are working hard to ensure that our curriculum balances the knowledge that children need with the transferable skills which will equip them for lifelong learning.
Currently English, Maths, Science, Spanish, PE, Visual Arts, R.E and PSHCE are being taught as discrete subjects alongside as much cross-curricular learning as we can to make the learning as meaningful as possible; we believe it is important not to ‘box up’ learning. Our curriculum is enriched by visiting speakers and visits to relevant places inked to the topic. We also use our PE coach, specialist Language teachers, Music and Theatre groups where appropriate to bring learning to life!
We are proud of our recent engagement with Barnsley College, which is giving all children the opportunity to take part in a range of sports. We are developing a range of clubs for 2018-2019 in collaboration with the college to provide pupils with a wide range of activities and competitions.
The DfE have reinforced the need “to create and enforce a clear and rigorous expectation on all schools to promote the fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs.” We make sure that these are regularly reinforced through PHSCE sessions and assemblies throughout the year.