As our school is located in an area of high social, cultural and economic deprivation, we strive to provide our children with access to the arts, culture and sport.
A wide range of cultural opportunities are carefully planned and embedded in our curriculum, for all children to enjoy.
Cultural Opportunities within our curriculum:
- 'Artist of the Week' and 'Composer of the Week' activities allow children to engage with famous art & artists, renowned musicians and classical composers. These artists and musicians themselves are also drawn from a wide range of cultures and backgrounds.
- Texts by authors from different backgrounds and cultures. For example, when studying Maya Angelou 'Still I Rise', experience days are built into the curriculum at the beginning of this unit to allow children to understand the social / cultural context of her writing.
- Study of different faiths in RE (eg. Judaism) allows children to begin to understand different religions, beliefs and cultures.
- European Languages Day - focus on aspects of culture for different European Countries (eg. food, art, music, dance, language).
- School Council represents pupil voice and works alongside other school Councils and the Town Council.
- Opportunity to communicate with children in a school in Spain, and share experiences of how traditional events are celebrated in a different country.
Cultural Opportunities - working with ‘experts’ and professionals:
- Working alongside professional musicians, performers and directors as part of 'Snappy Opera'.
- Professional tuition from qualified dance teacher.
- Professional tuition from qualified music teacher and opportunity to learn to play a range of musical instruments.
- Professional tuition from qualified Spanish teacher and opportunity to communicate with children in a different country (Spain).
- Professional tuition from qualified sports coach and opportunities to play in sporting tournaments.
- Visits from authors and artists.
- Visits from business, eg. 'Primary Business Partnership' (Nuclear workshop); Lake District National Park (Water Workshop).
- Visits from 'experts' eg. Scientist, Geologist, Rocket visit, Anglo-Saxon visitor, Tullie House Museum outreach visitors, Pet Encounter.
Accessing Cultural Opportunities Locally:
- Join and visit the local library.
- Visit local attractions such as the Aquarium, Roman Museum, Maritime Museum, Wave Centre, Clip 'n' Climb.
- Visit other parts of Maryport (the shore, Fleming Square, Our Church, the harbour).
- Visits to other neighbouring towns and places (Silloth, Whitehaven harbour & museums, St Bees Beach).
- Travel by train along the coast.
- Enjoy a meal in a restaurant in a local town (Cockermouth)
- Visit the local zoo / wildlife park.
- Visit the cinema / theatre.
- Links with our sister school in the neighbouring town of Workington.
- Visit Dove Cottage, Grasmere (William Wordsworth).
- Travel to our local city, Carlisle, and visit the cathedral / museum / castle.
Accessing Cultural Opportunities further afield:
- Close links with a primary school in Spain, through 'international schools award'.
- Residential visits for children in Year 3 to Year 6, including visits to a lake District town, a northern city, a historical city, and take part in an outdoor adventure break.
British Values & 'Picture News':
Each week, the 'Big Question' is displayed prominently in school and is discussed in our whole-school assembly. Children have time to reflect on the big questions and offer their responses.
Each Big Picture focuses on a different aspect of British Values, with the weekly focus drawn from news, events and current affairs all around the world (eg COP26, Endangered Animals, Fuel Shortage; Protests, Sporting Events) .
For more information on Picture News, please see our 'British Values' page