A key aspect to our curriculum is the enrichment opportunities offered to our pupils. Our curriculum is underpinned by our aims and these are enriched through our ‘H&A 21’ the twenty-one experiences which we pledge our children will complete by the time they leave Year 7.
Some of the exciting H&A 21 experiences we have experienced so far in 2022-2023 include Stargazing, Having a Penpal, Visiting a Place of Worship and Visiting a Big City.
More information about these is available at the bottom of the page.
Our outdoor education and residential programme is sequential and progressive. Children in Lower KS2 have a one night residential every other year where they visit an outdoor pursuits centre. Children in KS2 have an annual residential which alternates between a two-day outdoor pursuits residential and a city-break. In 2023, the children were lucky enough to visit London – sightseeing, a visit on the London Eye and a visit to the Lion King in the west-end. The highlight of the visit was a trip to 10 Downing Street and a meeting with the Prime Minister.
Visits & Visitors
Alongside the H&A 21 are carefully planned regular opportunities for our children to engage with visits and visitors to enrich the curriculum. Visits this academic year have included, or will include:-Bolton Castle (Whole school history launch)
-Bedale (Y2 geography fieldwork)
-Hunton (R/Y1 and Y3/4 geography fieldwork)
-River Swale (Y5/6 geography fieldwork)
-Saltburn-by-the-Sea (Y1 geography fieldwork)
-Richmond Castle (Y1 History)
-Druids Temple – (Y3/4 History)
-Piercebridge Roman Fort (Y3/4 History)
-Darlington Hippodrome Pantomime Visit
-Baltic Centre & Angel of the North (Whole school art / STEM)
-Madni Jamia Mosque- Bradford (KS2 RE)
We understand that visitors can enrich the life of our children and add depth to the subjects we teach. With that in mind, we enjoy welcoming visitors to school either virtually or in person. This academic year we have held two virtual meetings with Bradford Interfaith Centre to develop children’s understanding of Hinduism and Islam; welcomed various science professionals as part of Science Week; held virtual chats with artists, and invited various members of the local and wider community into school to enrich the subjects we teach.
Artist in Residence
Chris Layfield is our ‘Artist in Residence’. He visits school 2-3 times each year to run workshops or work on art installations in school. During his last visit he worked with each child to create a piece of art to display at Richmond Station. Previously he was commissioned to create a bespoke history timeline in our KS2 cloakroom.
Dance, Drama & Music
Pupils have a range of experiences to perform and engage in dance, drama and music. Alongside the music curriculum, pupils in Year 3/4 have weekly saxophone lessons with a specialist teacher.
Opportunities to perform on stage are planned within the year. These include the Harvest Festival, nativity performance, Christingle, Easter Labyrinth, Spring Concert and the highlight of the year for many – our end of year production which last year, was Joseph & His Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat.