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The Village Academy

The Village Academy is a group of town, city and village schools that have joined together to provide the very best education for the children in our care and where we believe that education is very much a matter of the individual.

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Enrichment

SMALL SCHOOL, BIG OPPORTUNITIES

In addition to our exciting and stimulating Small School...Big Questions Curriculum, we also provide further opportunities to enhance children’s learning wherever possible. We offer a range of different enrichment activities and events in order to ensure we are equipping our children with the knowledge and cultural capital to succeed in life. In addition, enrichment activities and events are in place to further develop the provision of spiritual, moral, social and cultural education as well as the promotion of British Values and the understanding of protected characteristics. These include:

After School Clubs

Our curriculum extends beyond the National Curriculum and includes a wide range of enriching experiences and opportunities both within and beyond the school day. This includes a programme of after-school clubs, that support the core curriculum offer, as well as those which develop specific skills, such as gardening, coding, languages.

Whole School Theme Days/Weeks

Throughout the year, themed days/weeks are woven into the curriculum to extend the breadth and balance of opportunities we offer the children at Milstead. These include Cool to be Kind Week (Anti-bullying), Faith Art Week, Hello Yellow Day, Comic Relief, World Book Day/Week, Sports Day, Fair Trade Fortnight, Science Week, Mrs Friday's Fridays (themed days), class themed days linked to topics and many more.

Three times a year we have a whole school learning day in the woods where children have the opportunity to work with others from different classes in the school, promoting our sense of community and building relationships.  These days are usually themed around the seasons supporting learning about the every changing environment.

Teacher Swap and specialist teaching

 At Milstead each teacher has a specialist subject; Mrs Foord - Forest School, Mrs Gaskain - Art and DT, Mr Whitnell - Music and Languages, Mrs Mason - Computing.  Each week we swap our teacher for a session to enable specialist subjects to be taught at depth two terms a year per subject.  Teachers support each other to continue to deliver high quality teaching of their specialism.  This process also provides opportunity for children to develop and maintain positives relationships with all the staff in the school which supports self confidence, self esteem and transition year on year.  In addition to our own teachers specialist subjects, we also have specialist teachers visit school to teach additional music lessons and PE.

Enrichment afternoons

 Each week we have an enrichment focus afternoon.  Throughout the school year children have the opportunity to experience additional food technology lessons, sports afternoons, 'Around the World with Paddington Bear', well-being workshops, additional art projects, yoga and seasonal experiences such as Maypole Dancing.