Our Wider Curriculum
At Diamond Wood Community Academy, we are fully committed to ensuring that our children become responsible citizens, confident individuals and successful learners. Acquiring powerful knowledge, skills and attitudes is at the heart of our curriculum intent. We pledge to ensure that our school is for all pupils, 'A place to grow and a place to shine'. The curriculum is underpinned by our core values and key themes, supporting the global development of each child. Pupil wellbeing underpins everything here are Diamond Wood!
During their time here at Diamond Wood, pupils have the opportunity to take part in a wide range of enrichment opportunities, events and extra-curricular activities. These opportunities are carefully designed and planned for to ensure that we offer a holistic experience so that all children can develop their personal 'Strength of Character'.
Don't forget to visit each of the sub pages within this 'Wider Curriculum' section to find out even more!
Enrichment Calendar 2021-2022
Let's take a look at some of the enrichment and enhancement experiences we have had recently...
King and Queen day in Y1
Our first whole school overarching topic has been 'Important People'.
As part of this, Year 1 focus on The United Kingdom and in particular, the Royal Family.
Pupils learn about the different members of the family and their unique roles and responsibilities.
In order to launch the topic Year 1 took part in an exciting 'King and Queen day'. They came to school in their most regal outfits and participated in lots of fact finding actitivies.
Alongside this, the children did fun crafting activities such as making their own crowns and using beads to create the crown jewels.
The children even prepared and shared their very own afternoon tea!
"I know about the Queen. She is called Elizabeth"
"Prince William married Kate. She is a princess"
"I loved her wedding dress. She is beautiful and a princess"
They all live in London. It's the capital city.
"Prince George might be the kind one day. Not yet though he is still young like us"
Susan, Sacca and Savana
At Diamond Wood Community Academy we are very lucky to have some pet African Snails. Their names are Susan, Sacca and Savana.
We are very caring towards them and have been learning all about their usual habitat and the kind we need to create for them.
We recently shared our knowledge with other pupils from another school. They did not know about African Snails, so we offered to teach them. We were kind enough to share our snails with Overthorpe Academy and allow them to use this knowledge to try and care for Susan, Sacca and Savana.
We must have done a really great job of this because they were very well cared for and enjoyed their outing.
"What a great experience for our pupils! They are learning to share as well as clearly displaying our core values of friendship and responsibility"
"Thank you so much to Diamond Wood. Our pupils really valued this experience"
"We look after snails"
"I like Savana the most. I like her shell"
Year 1 pupil
"The children are fantastic at caring for the snails. We are really proud of them all"
Owl Visit in Nursery
During Week 1 of the Autumn 2 term Nursery had some very special visitors. An owl owner called Steve kindly brought 5 owls for the children to meet. Nursery have been learning all about different animals and their key text this half term is 'Owl Babies'.
The children joined in discussions about where each owl came from and what they like to eat. Everyone had a chance to stoke the owls and some children even held them.
We were all very proud of the Nursery children. Especially, that they remembered to use their quiet voices and kind hands when stroking the owls.
We watched one owl fly over our heads and felt the breeze from its wings.
What an amazing and worthwhile experience for our youngest children in school!
"My child loved this. She did not stop talking about the owls when she came home"
"I remember when I was in Nursery and the owls came. It was so fun"
"This was a great way to engage the children and give them a real life experience linked to their key text, Owl Babies"
"In the holidays my child's father tried to get her to hold a parrot. She would not and was so scared. I am so proud of her for holding the owl. She is making great progress"