Enriching the Curriculum
Throughout the year, children enjoy a wide range of activities to support and enrich their learning across the curriculum.
The school environment offers many opportunities for learning outside the classroom. The pond and woodland fringe support many curriculum areas, including science and art.
The grounds provide a range of activity areas which the children can use during playtimes, including ball games, sand pits, den building, music making, an outdoor ‘stage’ for drama and areas for imaginative play and quieter activities.
We are pleased to have recently forged an alliance with Oldfield Forge Academy at Garway Hill where children are able to learn the traditional skills of blacksmithing within their local community.
We have regular community events held in the village hall, and now Garway Community Centre, including The Village Christmas. Children also occasionally visit Orcop Evergreens and meet the older members of the community for music and song.
All classes have educational visits during the year which are linked to a class topic and are an important part of the children’s learning. A voluntary contribution is requested for those involving transport or admission fees. Visits may have to be cancelled if there is not enough parental support. Recent visits have included Caerleon Roman Museum and Amphitheatre, ‘Lambing Live’ at Barton Hill Farm, Schools Science Fair and Garway Church.
We welcome visitors into our school, including writers, poets, theatre groups, artists, scientists and musicians.
We have a close relationship with Austin Keenan, Garway’s resident storyteller, who visits regularly to share the magic of storytelling with the children.
We plan special ‘theme’ weeks in our school calendar, including ‘Grounds Week’, ‘Science Week’ and ‘Health Week’. During these weeks we suspend our normal timetable to give plenty of time to explore the theme in depth.