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Curriculum Focus Day - Tuesday 12th July

posted 11 Jul 2016, 03:44 by Karen Bricknell

Sometimes in school we need longer 'chunks' of time to teach learners skills or to focus on particular areas of their learning.  During each year, on carefully selected days, we will ‘re-shape’ the regular timetable and re-direct all students and staff onto year-based activities. These are known as Curriculum Focus Days.

The principal aim of Curriculum Focus days is to allow the opportunity for experiences and activities which don't necessarily fit into a one hour lesson blocks - including study visits, problem solving, confidence and team building projects, workshops, careers advice, work experience, additional study support sessions, performances and guest speakers and presenters. Students may also have the chance to develop specific skills and undertaken additional qualifications e. g Sports Leadership. 

These days not only allow groups of learners to focus on different themes or skills for a longer period of time, they also provide an ideal opportunity to deliver the governments statutory curriculum requirements in RE, Citizenship, Personal, Social and Health Education and Careers information and Guidance in a more relevant and  integrated manner.  

On Tuesday 12th July the following activities will be taking place: 

Year 7: will be taking part in an inter-form rounders challenge all day with their tutors. Students are to come in their PE kit. 
Year 8 -will be focussing now on choices and progressions, as they approach a year of decision-making. Careers, money management and employability skills including team work and co operation, will be promoted, with a menu of enrichment activities in the afternoon. Students should come to school in smart casual clothes and bring their PE kit if they have chosen a sport related activity for the afternoon. 
Year 9 - will be taking part in inter-house competition and activity all day, following a very successful programme devised by the House leaders. Students are to bring clothing as outlined for specific activities. Students taking part in the Army day are to bring PE/sports kit for the activity and a change of clothing. 
Year 10 are following a curriculum-driven day focussing on key areas of coursework and skills to support success at GCSE.
Some of the year 12 students will have a great day out at Thorpe park, with others busy being guided and supported to complete UCAS statements and access career advice.