- Curriculum Themes
At The Bulmershe School we aim to embrace a thematic approach to learning.
Our broad, relevant and engaging curriculum builds social responsibility and a global perspective whilst students strive to achieve their academic potential.
It is strengthened by an extensive range of enrichment opportunities which encourage participation and activity beyond the classroom, which we hope will develop into lifelong passions.
Our key foci for the 2022-2023 academic year are:
Summary of Activities:
Sustainability - Autumn Term 1, 2022
Our drive to promoting ‘Sustainability’ was delivered through whole school activities, video presentations, Tutor Time projects, Lessons and Cross-curricular opportunities and after school sessions. The key topics discussed were around finance, global warming and climate change, recycling and conservation, deforestation, sustainable energy and ethics. Students were challenged to make sculptures or eco-bricks out of recycled products
The PE Department created a display around sustainable sports
In Geography, Miss Garrard led a sustainability workshop - All year 7 students participated in a Green up your act ‘Food Miles’ session on Wednesday, 28th September. Lots was learnt about the origins of our food and the choices people have when it comes to selecting and buying food.
KS3 students were taught about the value of wool to both the economy and the environment. It was lovely to be able to show students the partially decomposed material buried by last year’s year 9 students. There was shock when they saw that a wool suit had nearly decomposed completely whereas a surgical face mask looks brand new after a year in the school garden. Year 9 also set up a Geo-leaders club and have been collecting regular donations for a local foodbank.
KS3 Geography students have had sessions on the continent of Africa to develop a deeper understanding of the unique characteristics of the 54 countries. The sessions included learning about: levels of development, conflict flash points, culture, language and connectivity all aimed at students developing a deeper understanding of the individuality of the continent. Students focused on 5 different countries of their choices and created some lovely display work. The project was supported by a dedicated display in the library allowing fascinated students to do extra research.
Internationalism - Autumn Term 2, 2022
Our focus on 'Internationalism' was delivered through whole school activities, video presentations, Tutor Time projects, Lessons and Cross-curricular opportunities and after school sessions. The key topics discussed were around diversity, world music, art, literature, religion and culture. Each year group were assigned a continent to research and tutor groups were challenged to create a world collage to showcase their chosen country.
The Globes were created by students to showcase their diverse cultures and here’s just a few of them:
Conflict - Spring Term 1, 2023
Our drive to promoting ‘Conflict’ was delivered through whole school activities, video presentations, Tutor Time projects, Lessons and Cross-curricular opportunities and after school sessions. The key topics discussed were around global conflicts and personal conflict, as well as how it is resolved or prevented. There are many types of conflict, including internal conflict with yourself, conflict between friends, conflict within families and conflict within communities.
Students were challenged to interview their parents about when and how they had to deal with conflict at work, and create a poster to show what are the factors that can lead to conflict and what can done to ensure that conflict is resolved safely or prevented?
Communication - Spring Term 2, 2023
Last term's Conflict interviews highlighted the importance of identifying potential conflict. To prevent and resolve conflict we need good communication. This term we will be exploring how to make these interactions effective and understanding the impact the communication has on us.