The Creative Offer
The school has developed a good, creative curriculum, which provides useful links between subjects. This enables pupils to use and extend their skills in different ways. The school makes very good and imaginative use of the extensive outdoor facilities. There is a good range of additional activities and after- school clubs.
The children experience a wide and varied offer for making music, performing and watching others perform.
The children have the opportunity to join the school choir from Year 3 upwards.
The choir performs at many school events and also joining with others eg Young Voices and Sing up.
The children have the opportunity to learn to play the Flute afterschool with our Music coordinator, the children perform at school events and take examinations with
The Associated Board of Music. The Telford and Wrekin Music Service also provide tuition for pupils in other instruments eg violin.
Our Rock Band has grown in popularity since its beginning through Performing for Success. Our Rock Band teacher offers sessions in school and afterschool for Years 4,5 and 6. The groups have many opportunities to perform to their peers and as part of other larger events. The New College Rock Band (from our local Sixth form College) also perform for our children each year and spend some time with our band members.
Year 4 pupils have a year full of musical opportunities lead by LA Music Service through their Music 2 the 4 programme. Over the year they will play a range of brass and stringed instruments as well as drums, the ukulele and develop their skills is music technology. Year 2 and early Years Music is also supported by the LA Music Service with Simply Music and Shake Rattle and Roll. Parents have also been involved in the Early Years programme.
All children have weekly singing sessions and have opportunities to perform at Class assemblies and other performances throughout the year.
Arts and Drama
In Early Years the children have the benefit of working alongside our part time Artillerista.
Our Year 3 and 4 pupils undertake the Junior Arts Award as part of their topic ‘Every Picture Tells a Story’
Pupils have taken part in Local and National Art Competitions, The Arts Pop up Story Telling Festival with Ironbridge Gorge Museums and have displayed Art Work in Telford Town Centre and Wellington Library.
We are currently part of the English Heritage Schools project, which is a national initiative to use local history and hertitage to impact on the school curriculum. Our Key Stage 2 topic ‘ In the shadow of the Wrekin’ will use the wealth of fascinating local history in and around Wellington.
Our 2 Big Lottery Grants have enabled us to provide a wide range of arts opportunities with theatre, storytelling and adventure activities
Preparing for Life in Modern Britain.
The promotion of pupils’ spiritual, moral and cultural development is a key feature of Short Wood School life; underpinning curriculum planning. We work hard to build an appreciation of the views and beliefs of others. Our sense of community is developed by being part of the Short Wood team. Being a ‘Short Woody’ is understood by all; the values of respect, caring for others and being kind, helpful and hardworking are crucial to everything we do. We work closely with parents to consolidate the messages learnt in school and to disseminate the Short Wood ethos. We use a democratic process to run our School Council and for other relevant committees and at the end of debates as part of a decision making process.
Through ensuring pupils are exposed to a range of experiences and providing them with opportunities to engage with the latest technology we are promoting aspirations and building the belief they can achieve and be positive members of the local, national and global community.
Learning outside the classroom
This provides opportunities for adventures, team work, co-operation and building self-confidence and self-esteem.
Early Years use our Squirrel School area; this is used to enhance the topics including storytelling, practical and physical activities, with a lot of opportunities to develop communication (speaking and listening) and using new and interesting vocabulary. These visits provide the focus for our weekly guided writing sessions.
The Infant and Junior pupils use the Forest School on our site.
Over the last three years we have developed our site and expertise in delivering Forest School activities to all our children. The cross curricular outdoor curriculum develops and encourages a natural curiosity, empowering children in the natural environment. Developing essential life skills such as team building, goal setting, planning and achieving, increasing co-operation to achieve goals as well as reviewing and recognising their own achievements are at the heart of the outdoor curriculum. Squirrel school for our youngest pupils provides a wealth of experiences and challenges, this is then recorded weekly in their writing books and influences much of their art work.
The Sporting Offer.
Short Wood Primary is a member of the Telford and Wrekin Sports Partnership; this provides support and expertise from a wide range of specialists.
The school employs a full time Sports Coach to coordinate the provision across the school.
From Year 2 – Year 6 pupils use the Short Wood swimming pool daily. Pupils are taught to swim by qualified swimming instructors and teachers from school. Our aim is to get all children to swim 25 metres by the time they leave primary school, but we also provide challenges to all our fantastic swimmers as they enter swimming galas and competitions and achieve high level swimming certificates.
The school has sports clubs and teams for Football, Tag Rugby, Hockey, Netball, Basketball, Athletics, Gymnastics, Cross Country, Cricket and Skipping. Where there are opportunities to try new sports we always have a go, Square Ball is the latest sport to catch our attention.
We also have had opportunities to try new and different sports eg wheelchair basketball and skipping.
Our policy is to allow children to shine and succeed.