Our Immersive Learning curriculum is built upon inspirational teaching and learning opportunities that allow children to learn in a way that motivates and interests them. We believe in a hands on, immersive approach to learning; one that ignites curiosity and stimulates a sense of engagement. When children leave our school they will have experienced a quality education which has broadened their horizons, developed their all-round potential and given them the view that education is an enriching and enjoyable lifetime process.
The children will learn many subjects under one umbrella; we call this ‘Immersive Learning’. In Y1 - Y6, our immersive curriculum is delivered through carefully chosen termly topics that combine the Foundation Subjects (History, Geography, Art, Design & Technology, Computing, RE, MFL, PE and Music) with Core Subjects such as English, and Maths and Science where possible. In Foundation Stage, the children learn through shorter topics that maintain children's interests and combine all 7 areas of learning. We believe that our topics are a 'vehicle for learning'. Our topics are taught in Key Stages (FS, KS1, LKS2, UKS2) to ensure full coverage of the National Curriculum.
Throughout their time at Ireland Wood, the children access many exciting experiences and opportunities including educational trips and visitors in school. We also make use of our local area and like to visit local businesses and communities. Some of our visits this year have included; Skipton Castle and York Chocolate Factory! We have also had visits from James Nash and have taken part in a Mayan Workshop.
There are so many benefits to organising our curriculum in this way:
All Foundation Subjects are taught on a two-year rolling cycle; Cycle A and Cycle B. This year, we are teaching Cycle A. Each termly topic is launched with an 'Immersive Learning Day' - this 'hooks' the children, launches the topic and immerses the children in their learning environment. Through acquiring key knowledge, skills and understanding, the children become ‘experts’ in their topics. Under each subject page you will find the subject Long Term Plan, detailing the coverage and progression across the school.