Enriching the Curriculum
"My child was at another school but since going to Eden Park she has come on in leaps and bounds. A Fantastic school." (Parent Survey, 2020)
"Our son is so happy at school, he loves Eden Park. He’s been there since he used to be in tadpoles and still loves it. His teacher this year is so lovely and supportive." (Parent survey comment, 2022)
At Eden Park, we believe that the curriculum is ALL a school offers both in and beyond the classroom. We are passionate that this is part of curriculum entitlement and that all children should be able to access these opportunities and that, wherever possible, they take place in the school day. These opportunities are free or subsidised and so children are not limited to attend due to their own circumstances; it is a true entitlement for all.
To highlight this as a real commitment, the children at Eden Park have benefited from a wide range of enriched activities in this academic year 2021-2022, including:
- A Year 6 residential trip to Plymouth, including “Sleeping with the Sharks”.
- Whole school sports festivals in handball, athletics and football, supported by experts.
- A Year One trip to Totnes Castle, as well as a marching drill on the field.
- A Citizenship Council, democratically elected, that have power and influence in the school, including running their own subcommittees.
- A Year 2 trip to the Pilgrim and the Golden Hind at the harbour for local history studies.
- A Year 4 residential trip to Dartmoor.
- A whole school Carol Service held at St Mary’s Church.
- A Year 5 visit to the beach for an ecological study, and to take inspiration for environmental art.
- Wild for Learning - Bushcraft, Natural Science and Eco-literacy on the school site.
- Recycling workshops run in school but organised by the Citizenship Council.
- The Rudolph Run - a charity run event created by the Citizenship Council to raise money for The Rowcroft Hospice, which featured on BBC regional news!
- Platinum Jubilee celebrations included a tea party and the singing of a song, which was written and composed specially for the school by one of our teachers.
- A visit from a professional storyteller, who came to support and inspire the children with their own storytelling.
- Working alongside a professional poet to develop themed sets of poems.
- Trainers from the Bikeability scheme visited with a series of workshops on safe riding of bikes on the streets.
- A Year 6 trip to Brixham Battery to look at war defences.
- Year 5 have completed science workshops at a local secondary school.
- Reception have visited both the beach and the post office to support their learning.
- All year groups have completed parent outcomes to share their learning with their families, with parents being regularly invited in to the celebrate their child’s achievements.
- Year 4 visited Exeter to find out about the Romans and visit ruins.
- Year 3 toured an ancient set of caves to find out more about the Stone Age and Iron Age.
- A Year 6 Young Entrepreneur experience, supporting the children's understanding of business.
We start with the principle that all children attend enrichment. We value the personal development that an enriched curriculum brings so widely, we give it weekly “curriculum time,” offering the children in Key Stage One and Two consistent and regular access, delivered by staff experts and enthusiasts. There are no restrictions on cost (they are all free) or ability. We use Enrichment to enhance, encourage, support and promote hobbies, skills and interests and so improve the personal development of all children.
The activities will offer a wide and varied range of opportunities and these can take many forms; they may at one time include enrichment activities such as additional sport, (e.g. volleyball) creative arts, (e.g. dance, singing or clay) curriculum enhancements, (e.g. maths challenges, creative writing sessions or coding) as well as activities not normally associated with a standard curriculum (e.g. yoga, wellbeing or sea-school!).