We believe that children learn best when learning is meaningful, interactive, exciting and memorable. Providing first hand experiences for our children is vital to their understanding, recall and natural curiosity.
We give our children experiences that they might not otherwise have the opportunity to learn from. Whether it is watching chicks hatch or learning to appreciate art in a gallery, children engage more readily and learn more fully when learning from real life experiences.
We are fortunate to have a team of professionals who are totally dedicated and committed to childrens learning and well-being. Developing teaching, learning and creativity has been a main focus of the school and children are actively engaged in their learning rather than being passive learners. In addition, our range of activities and events enrich the curriculum and enable our children to achieve the outcomes from Every Child Matters.
Our children are very fortunate to have the opportunity to work with a range of professions in school and to experience visits to places of educational interest.
Our children have worked with Steve Ashton from Cleveland Wildlife Trust, Artists Bub Bacon and Jane Cuthbert, artist Peter Swidrak and his Mobile Art Gallery, the poet Paul Cookson, actors Chris Connaughton and Tanya Bentham, author Steve Weatherill, musicians Chris Nixon and Stuart Johnson, dancer Merville Jones who is a founder member of Pheonix Dance Company, Rev Alison from All Saints Church, PCSO Claire Vodden, the Fire Service. librarian Jane Booth, a Taiko Drummer, Tees Valley Music Service, The Quantum and Team Players Theatre Companies, Siemans and Coast and Country on Enterprise projects, Sempcorp, ICT expert Alan Brennan, Paralympic wheelchair basketball athlete Terry Bywater, the Archbishop of York John Sentamu, Dormanstown Heritage Centre, Westfield Farm, Carers Together, MFL assistant Benoit Vendret, Animal Story , Olympic Torch carrier Doug Welsh, Tata Steel ‘Right to Read’ supporters, parent and Mid-day supervisors Better Reading Programme supporters.
Educational visits have included Forbidden Corner, Saltholme Nature Reserve, Margrove Park, Pinchinthorpe Woods, Foxrush Farm, The Works Café, Dormanstown Library, Newham Grange Farm, Saltburn and Hartlepools Maritime Experience.
In addition, our children have also participated in Magical Worlds and Peter Pan Treasure Chest parent days, a Stepping Stones choices programme, RCCs Primary University, a Junior Sports Leaders Awards programme, G&T Mathematicians programme at RCC, working in a TV Studio, The Big Sing, Heart Start First Aid programme, the Bikeability programme, Crucial Crew, Dormanstowns Got Talent, Northern Grid ICT Awards and we have a large number of children who have gained the Childrens University Awards.
We have an extensive after school and Family learning programme which includes Rise & Shine, Family Knitting Club, Basketball, Film Club, Boys Premier Stars Reading club, Football, Multi-skills, Expo Chef, Recorders, Zumba, Table Tennis, Young Leaders, Youth Club, Badminton, Bug Hunting, Christmas Craft Club, Gymnastics, Tai Chi, Street Dance, Disney Dance, Family Ceramic Workshop, Tri Golf, Cricket, Glee Club, Cheerleading, Film Club, Tag Rugby, and Choir who perform for the local community and at Kirkleatham Museum and Redcar High Street.