Dereham Neatherd High School

Dereham Neatherd High School

A Specialist Language College

Curriculum Enhancement Week

Curriculum Enhancement Week takes place in the summer term after the main exam period has been completed. This week allows for an alternative curriculum to take place outside of the normal teaching days; the timetable is collapsed for the whole week to allow flexibility of teaching and learning. A wide variety of events and activities take place during the week including a Year 7 trip to Normandy in France. Year 7 pupils who do not go abroad get a chance to visit Africa Alive, part of the Zoological Society of East Anglia. Year 8 pupils get a two night stay at an Outdoor and Adventurous Centre just north of Norwich city. Pupils take a full part in abseiling, rafting, archery, canoeing, high and low wires and many other fun and challenging activities. In Year 9 pupils may well explore the Battlefields of northern France and Belgium in what is a thought provoking trip. Year 10 pupils complete their Work Experience during Curriculum Enhancement Week. As well as all these trips and activities out of school there is a great deal happing in school to engage and challenge the pupils, including the Jaguar Maths Challenge, Designing a Music Festival, a Brainiac Science Day and much more.

During this week, all staff and pupils are involved allowing exploration and application of skills across the wider curriculum, including the development and application Personal, Learning and Thinking tools, to encourage our learners to become creative thinkers, reflective learners, effective participators, good self-managers, effective team workers and independent enquirers. Curriculum Enhancement Week is learner centered and independent learning is promoted and encouraged. The Social and Emotional aspects of Learning allow our learners to explore making difficult decisions in an informed manner while learning to deal with their emotions in a mature fashion. All of our activities during this week supports learning in a positive environment which is outside of the restraints of normal classes and timetabled lessons.

If you would like to be involved with Curriculum Enhancement Week, either through offering expertise in assisting in running sessions, or simply in being available to be in sessions with pupils and teachers then please don’t hesitate to get in touch. Our co-ordinator is Mr Nigel Sinclair, who can be contacted through office@neatherd.org.