Edwalton Primary School children have been having fun while learning with their newly designed curriculum, transforming the way they learn, teachers say.
Head teacher, Anthony Thomas, said that it was a holistic approach to learning, making lessons relevant to the wider world.
“Our children first ethos runs as a golden thread through the Edwalton curriculum; to prepare our wonderful children to be achieving, kind and respectful global citizens, who want to make a difference,” he said.
“We are inspired by and seek to make full use of our unique, sustainable environment to make learning fun and meaningful for children.
“We make it exciting, memorable and relevant to their lives and experiences, but still enabling in terms of developing their key academic skills to open doors for their futures.”
A recent outdoor learning day saw children designing animal habitats, including hedgehog shelters, and writing letters for a real purpose, to local businesses, aiming to strengthen the school’s ties to the local business community, whilst developing children’s writing skills.
Pupil Ella Hawkes, aged nine, said: “We are writing letters to different companies today to see if they can sponsor our farm animals.
“We are telling them about how we look after the animals and what it takes to maintain the farm. We have to write the letters well because if they sponsor us it will help us with the farm.”
Mia Powell, aged 10, said: “I think it would be great if someone responds to one of our letters.
“It will really help us. I am sending my letter to a local garden centre and telling them how the farm helps us with lessons. My favourite animals are the goats. I really hope that we get a reply to our letters.”
Seven-year-old Isabel Jackson said: “I held a hedgehog and it wasn’t prickly because its spines were down. It was really cute and I want to make my box really nice to make the hedgehogs happy.”
Ruby Alexander, aged seven, said: “I also saw the hedgehog and we got to stroke it. I learnt a lot about hedgehogs and that’s why I am waterproofing my hedgehog house, so they can be dry in winter.”
This approach, which connects children’s learning into practical situations is the key to deeper learning, says Mr Thomas.
“We want our children to feel that they are having an Edwalton education,” he said.
“They should have experienced engaging opportunities to encourage their learning such as writing for a real purpose.”