The Wider Curriculum, the CPS way
Beyond the National Curriculum
The National Curriculum stipulates the largest proportion of what we need to teach in school, but here at CPS we like to go that extra mile to give your children the best opportunities that we can.
To this end we have engaged in a half termly change to the timetable - engaging the children through Commando Joes missions or through a series of lessons around a subject / topic that the children have chosen - putting them in the driving seat!
Each half term children will be engaged in either Child Led sessions, or a set of Commando Joes missions.
At CPS one of our core beliefs is that we are here to help develop the children as a 'whole' - not just academically. Commando Joes encourages child development through the RESPECT ethos (Resilience, Empathy, Self-awareness, Passion, Excellence, Communication & Teamwork) and these traits are developed through a series of missions across a series of sessions. Teachers have been trained to deliver the high quality missions, supported by the Commando Joe mission kit! Children are set challenges linked to characters (including Steve backshall, Nancy Wake, Amelia Earhart, Sir Ranulph Fiennes and many others!) - missions all begin with a mission briefing from Commando Joes HQ and with some initial guidance from teachers, the children engage on a series of challenges aimed to develop the 7 key areas that comprise RESPECT.
Children are challenged to 'think outside of the box', develop communication strategies and also learn how to cope when things don't go to plan. This gives children who might not always be the first to put their hand up, or willingly lead a group in a lesson come to the fore in such activities.
The character traits are referred to across all learning and we track the development of the 7 traits through the data section on the Commando Joe website.
For more information please take a look at their website: https://commandojoes.co.uk/about/
For the years 2020 - 2022 we were grateful to receive funding from The Armed Forces Education Trust (https://armedforceseducation.org). We submitted our outline and aims for the Commando Joes program and provide annual feedback about the impact that their grant has had.
Child led sessions:
At the start of the relevant term, children are asked to think about a subject area that they have an interest in and then, as a class, decide which of their ideas to focus on. Teaching staff then work with the children to create ideas for activities and projects before tallying the ideas up to National Curriculum objectives. Sessions are then planned and delivered in a manner that suits the class - this might be a couple of whole days, a series of afternoons etc to allow the children to delve into whatever their chosen topic was. Even in the initial decision making stages is a great opportunity for children to develop teamwork skills, understanding democratic process (voting for the topic they want to cover), resilience and coping strategies if their choice doesn't get chosen which also ties in to the RESPECT framework of Commando Joes.
So far, topic areas have included textiles (making juggling bags!), sea creatures and Minecraft! A diverse range of topics!
Across the course of the year we offer quality first teaching across the curriculum. In addition to this there are opportunities to develop other aspects to learning - this could be a class trip to see historical artefacts first hand, a sports event, residential trip or a club where children can take part in something they have an additional interest in.
Many of our activities involve the whole school whereas some are more suited to either individual classes or Key Stage.
Ordinarily, we would have our offer here for you to read but it is under review whilst we are not necessarily able to implement the offer.
As soon as we have updated the offer it will be here.... please keep checking back!
If you have specific skills and would interested in offering a club - please contact the office and we will be in touch to see if we can put something together.