We also teach our pupils about the importance of managing money well and enable them to be financially aware.
The curriculum at WCLA is delivered using a thematic approach, however pupils know that they are being taught knowledge, skills and vocabulary from a specific subject. It may not be appropriate for some subjects to be taught within a topic, so these are taught alongside. English and mathematics are taught daily.
We teach the Church Lane Curriculum, content for this is decided by subject leaders and school leaders. Class teachers can decide how they teach the curriculum and aim to meet the needs of all learners in their class. The spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of our pupils and their understanding of British values are woven through the curriculum. To encourage pupils to explore the wide range of careers and vocations offered in Britain, we provide a range of opportunities for pupils to learn about and experience them through additional projects such as Wistonia University and Careers Week. Through the teaching of PSHE, we also provide children with the skills understand themselves and their feelings, to handle social situations and identify risk and dangers.
When children leave our school at the end of Year Six they are ready to progress on to high school. They will be equipped with the full range of knowledge, skills and vocabulary that enables them to become lifelong learners that enjoy their learning and who can work through challenges.
What was the intent?
This January we held a careers week for the children across the whole school. The intent of the careers week was to open our pupils minds to the vast range of jobs and careers there are in the world. We also wanted to teach them about the skills and knowledge needed for each job to prepare them for their futures.
How was it implemented?
Miss Kinsey did a fantastic job of organising the structure of the week and getting guest speakers to come in. Laura Smith, the MP for Crewe and Nantwich, came into KS2 and did an assembly on her role and took some tricky questions from our pupils! We had Crewe Alex FC also come in to talk about football and the roles of the staff that support the club. We want to say a special thank you to all the parents and organisations that gave up their time to come into school to talk about their jobs and lead workshops too!
For one day during the week, we ran a carousel of activities taught by our teachers that built a range of skills that are important such as team-building and creativity. These activities were taught in mixed classes so pupils that wouldn't usually work together had the chance to.
What was the impact?
Having spoken to pupils about the week they said that they had learnt about jobs they didn't even know existed and it made them think about what they want to be when they grow up. They also said that it was good to hear Mrs Smith MP talk about her role and that it made them think about British Values, especially democracy.
It was also great to see the children in both key stages thinking more deeply about actual skills they would need for particular jobs, instead of just liking the look of a job and wanting to do it!
Again, we want to say a huge thank you to everyone involved that helped make the week such a success!