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 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, to develop at their own pace or simply to learn in a style that best suits their individual needs.
In addition to our exciting and stimulating cross-curricular themes, we also provide further opportunities to enhance children’s learning wherever possible. These include:
Due to the Covid 19 pandemic, we have had fewer opportunities than in previous years to take part in Educational Visits but we have taken every opportunity to engage with these and hope to undertake even more of these in the future:
Throughout the year we have been able to engage with a number of exciting additional opportunities such as Cookery lessons provided by Herts Catering and Bikeability lessons to improve children's safety on the roads in our community. Throughout the year we also have theme weeks such as STEAM week, Science Week and World Book Day which are woven into the curriculum and extend the breadth and balance of opportunities we offer our children.
All children take part in active Sports lessons. We also use our PE and Sport's premium to fund games and activities during break times and after school. Here are some of the sporting events our children have been able to take part in this year:
On Thursday 30th June we held our whole school annual Sports Day. All our pupils from Nursery to Year 6 took part in a number of different races throughout the day. Each and everyone of our pupils represented themselves extremely well and also demonstrated our school values. It was amazing to see so many of our Leys friends and family coming out to support our event. Over lunchtime we hosted a whole school family picnic which was incredibly well attended. It has been a long time coming, seeing the return of our entire school community together smiling and having fun. Many thanks to everyone who made the day extremely successful. Our 2022 Sports Day was very competitive throughout, however House Asia prevailed marginally as our Champions!
What a fantastic Autumn term our pupils have had! As a school, we truly value enrichment activities and broadening our pupils' education through activities, visitors, out-of-school experiences and days out. At The Leys, we find this improves and supplements our curriculum and improves the experiences of our pupils. This term, we have taken part in many activities: bikeability; manor adventure; space centre trips; history fairs; Shuttleworth museum trip; harvest festival; Christmas carolling and more! Take a look at our photos to share our experiences.
At The Leys, our teachers know that the key to successful learning is engaging pupils and maintaining their interest. We are constantly finding new and innovative ways to teach traditional subjects that can be challenging. Since Covid 19, we have been campaigning to keep our pupils even more healthy by increasing their physical activity both indoors and outdoors through the school day.
We call this Time to Move!
Click here to view a range of activities we offer our pupils
At the Leys Primary School, we believe in cultural capital as the accumulation of knowledge, behaviours, and skills, gained over time through different experiences and opportunities. Children draw upon these to demonstrate their cultural awareness, knowledge and competence. It is one of the key ingredients a child will draw upon to be successful in society, their career and the world of work.
Cultural Capital gives a child power. It helps them achieve goals, become successful, and rise up the social ladder without necessarily having wealth or financial capital. At The Leys, we recognise that for a child to aspire and be successful academically and in the wider areas of their lives, they need to be given rich and sustained opportunities to develop.
There are six key areas of development that are interrelated and cumulatively contribute to a child’s Cultural Capital:
1. Personal Development
2. Social Development
3. Physical development
4. Spiritual development
5. Moral Development
6. Cultural development