We believe strongly in the importance of educating the whole child. This means helping them to develop our learning behaviours, explore their own hobbies and interests and, ultimately, to grow into respectful, resilient and independent members of the community. This is why our curriculum is enriched with a range of other activities and opportunities, including those outlined below.
Children in key stages 1 and 2 attend four assemblies each week, while on the fifth day they take part in ‘Class Discussion Time’ to discuss topical events and issues they raise themselves. Assemblies cover a wide range of topics, including elements of PSHE, our school values and learning behaviours, British values, children’s rights, cultural and religious festivals, and celebrating and sharing achievements. This brings our school together as a community and helps children to reflect on major themes and events.
Special Days & Special Weeks
Special Days and Special Weeks involve children enjoying an adapted curriculum that is designed to focus on particular aspects of their personal development. These include: ‘Empathy Day’, ‘Collaboration Day’, ‘Happy Day’, ‘Health Day’ and ‘Sports Day’.
We also plan activities for and take part in other annual events such as Children in Need, World Book Day and Anti-Bullying Week.
We are very lucky to have our very own forest in our school grounds. Children visit the Woodlands to learn about and experience the natural world. We are currently developing the use of our Woodlands, and will be exploring a wider range of activities for the children to take part in to make the most of this fantastic resource.
We aim for our Woodlands provision to take children out of their comfort zone, excite them and help them develop resilience.
We are proud to say that we have received the Silver Award for being a Green Tree School.
Trips & Visitors
Cultural capital is enhanced by children’s knowledge and understanding of their local area and how it relates to other places, including the rest of London and other cities in the world. Our children visit the world-class museums and galleries available in the capital and receive visitors and workshops as part of the curriculum to help develop their cultural capital.
Residential trips, which include overnight stays, are planned to help children become more independent and to take them out of their comfort zone. Children who attend residential trips have opportunities to develop resilience and build stronger relationships with each other.
Developing Talents & Interests
As children move through their time at Stepney Park, we aim to support them in trying as wide a range of activities as possible and to offer them opportunities to develop the talents and interests they find as a result. The opportunities we offer include:
- A wide range of after school clubs. These include music production, sewing, arts & crafts, board games, Henna art, yoga, ICT, chess and a wide range of sports too.
- Music. While all children across the school enjoy a rich music curriculum with weekly opportunities to listen to and discuss music as well as learning to play music instruments, some children also choose to pursue music through small group tuition. At present, we offer small group tuition in flute, violin and cello, and there is also a school choir.
- Competitions. Children from Stepney Park compete against other schools in a range sporting competitions, but also in chess, a Spelling Bee and a maths league.
- Performances. Over time, children take part in a range of performances, including Christmas shows, End of Year 6 productions, musical concerts (inside and outside of school), Poetry Performances, Talent Shows and sharing assemblies. We also offer children the chance to watch professional performances, for example by visiting the theatre.