Wider Curriculum Opportunities & Cultural Capital
Leaders have well-thought-out enrichment opportunities to broaden pupils’ experiences. Pupils are proud to take on different roles, which they take seriously. For example, prefects help others and make sure that those who feel lonely have someone to talk to. Ofsted 2022
Our curriculum extends beyond the National Curriculum and includes a wide range of enriching experiences and opportunities both within and beyond the school day. This includes an extensive programme of after-school clubs, that support the core curriculum offer, as well as those which develop specialist skills, such as sports and music, whilst also extending the range of children’s experiences (Cultural Capital). A primary focus of our curriculum is to raise aspirations, engender a sense of personal pride in achievement, and provide a purpose and relevance for learning.
The school takes pride in providing a highly inclusive environment, where learners demonstrate high levels of enjoyment in their education and make very good progress across the curriculum. Children at all levels are helped to achieve their potential. Those who are most able are challenged and supported through being offered tasks which provide opportunities for greater depth and those who can struggle are encouraged and given targeted support to embed skills.
In addition to our exciting and stimulating cross-curricular themes, we also provide further opportunities to enhance children’s learning wherever possible. These include:
Whole School Theme Days/Weeks
Throughout the year, themed days/weeks are woven into the curriculum to extend the breadth and balance of opportunities we offer our pupils. These include, Anti-bullying Week and Safer Internet Days, Creative Arts Week, World Book Day, Black History Day, Sport & Health Week, Mini-enterprise Week, Science Fairs, International Day, RE Days and amongst others.
Educational Visits and Residentials
School trips and visits are an integral part of the education of children at St Luke's. We value the opportunities such visits offer our pupils and the commitment of staff and adults undertaking them. Trips include class visits aimed at bringing learning alive and providing first-hand experience and bringing learning alive; extra-curricular outings such as activities with the school choir or sporting events; and attending or taking part in performances or competitions. Blenheim Palace is on our doorstep and provides a rich and inspirational learning resource.
Children in Years 5 take part in residential visits. These are planned to provide new and exciting experiences. Children in Year 6 make an annual overnight stay at school for 'a night under the stars', camping on our field.
Visitors into School
Visitors have a valuable role to play and can contribute to many aspects of the life and work of the school. They deliver talks, workshops and full day activities across a wide range of subjects, giving pupils access to outside experiences and expertise. Visitors provide a link with the wider community – children have the opportunity to work alongside artists, musicians, authors, health professions and others.
As a school we offer pupils opportunities to participate in extra-curricular activities after school. At any time, a wide range of clubs is on offer – our programmes of clubs and activities available is revised termly depending on the time of year and other commitments children may have.
PE & Sport
At St Luke's, we are using our PE & Sport Premium to part-fund a qualified sports coach. Craig McKay who is already known to many pupils across the school, provides high quality instruction during PE lessons; he also runs sporting activities at lunchtimes; and promotes increased pupil participation in PE & Sport beyond the school day.
In the summer term we reviewed the school’s approach to the delivery of swimming lessons. This year, children in Years 3 will have swimming lessons and Year 4 will benefit from a whole term swimming.
Opportunities to Volunteer
Volunteering is an activity that everyone can get involved in and benefit from. At St Luke's, we promote and encourage pupils’ active citizenship and positive contribution to the school and wider community. We offer lots of opportunities for pupils to take on new responsibilities and be involved in successfully supporting the life and work of the school. These include elected representatives on our School Council, Safeguarding Ambassadors, Well-being Ambassadors, Eco Ambassadors, Digital Leaders, Sport Leaders and Rights Respecting Ambassadors. Older pupils can also apply and be interviewed for positions such as Prefects Leaders and Librarians, and within classes children can volunteer to take on various responsibilities ranging from lunch duties, to collecting and distributing registers, to helping with the organisation of equipment in assemblies.
Pupils tell us that they enjoy the opportunity to volunteer to help make their school an even better place to be and rising to the challenge that additional responsibility brings.