Art and Design
Through our art and design curriculum, we aim to inspire children to appreciate the work of artists, architects and designers through a variety of practical and interesting activities. We believe that it is important for children to recognise the value and originality of their own art work and that achievement in this subject can take many forms.
Design and Technology
Design and Technology at Winterbourne Earls is about each child being involved in the planning, making and evaluation of products designed by themselves. Each child will be given the opportunity to learn how to safely handle appropriate tools and equipment within the context of each activity.
As part of Design and Technology, all children in our school will be taught how to cook, in addition to learning about how to achieve a healthy and varied diet.
In our school, we believe that learning a language should be fun and accessible for all children, regardless of their attainment in other curriculum areas. At Winterbourne Earls, our chosen foreign language is French.
By the time children leave our school, they will have experience of speaking, listening to and writing in French; as well as an appreciation of French culture. Hopefully, they will feel enthusiastic about continuing to learn languages at secondary school and beyond.
Personal, social and health education (PSHE) and citizenship helps to give pupils the knowledge, skills and understanding that they need to lead confident, healthy, independent lives and to become informed, active, responsible citizens. Pupils are encouraged to take part in a wide range of activities and experiences across and beyond the curriculum, contributing fully to the life of their school and communities. In doing so they learn to recognise their own worth, work well with others and become increasingly responsible for their own learning.
They reflect on their own experiences and understand how they are developing personally and socially, tackling many of the spiritual, moral, social and cultural issues that are part of growing up. They also find out about the main political and social institutions that affect their lives and about their responsibilities, rights and duties as individuals and members of communities. They learn to understand and respect our common humanity, diversity and differences so that they can go on to form the effective, fulfilling relationships that are an essential part of life and learning.
Sex Education follows the guidelines offered by The Diocese and every November classes study Anti-Bullying, ensuring that frank and open discussions lead to a better understanding of what constitutes bullying and how the children can act to prevent it happening. Cyber-Bullying is also a focus for Internet Safety Day in February.
We were pleased to be awarded Silver Healthy Schools Award in October 2017 following a thorough audit of what the school does well and is rightly proud of. Mrs Carter, who submitted the audit, was very keen to acknowledge particularly the pastoral work offered by Mrs McEwan and Mrs Bravery who are part of the team continually supporting the mental health and well being of all the children and especially our most vulnerable. The breadth of PE and sporting opportunities was also highlighted, with a report on the 'Golden Mile' running project which has had considerable impact on the children's overall fitness, indicating that the rate of improvement in fitness is one of the best in the County. There is a culture of running with lots participating in The Figsbury Challenge, The Mini Marathon and even Parkrun where children from our school compete every week with their parents.