About this curriculum

We extend learning beyond the classroom with Ocean Conservation Curriculum by incorporating hands-on experiences. Field trips to the National Aquarium, interactions with marine biologists from the Ocean Conservation Trust, and even virtual tours of far-off reefs and ocean floors help transform abstract concepts into concrete understandings. These immersive experiences serve to not only educate but to inspire awe and wonder, fostering a genuine appreciation for the ocean's majesty and complexity.

Intent

We are fortunate to live in Plymouth, Britain’s Ocean City, few cities can rival Plymouth's rich seafaring heritage, its stunning waterfront and natural harbour, and many of our pupils are fortunate enough to have formed strong early memories from spending time by or in the sea which we aim to build on and foster into a desire to enjoy and respect the ocean.

Implementation

Widey Court has actively been involved in the development of The Ocean Curriculum from its early developmental stages in 2019 to it being an integral part of our whole school curriculum today. The Ocean Conservation Curriculum is an exciting innovation, whereby the Trust has worked with its partners to create a scheme of work to study comprehensive and progressive objectives related to the seven global Ocean Literacy Principles. Children enjoy exciting and informative activities, both in school and beyond, which enhance their curriculum knowledge and skills.

Throughout their time at Widey Court, children will work through the 7 Ocean Principles and leave Widey Court with a deeper understanding of the importance of the ocean to us as humans, being able to talk about the ocean in a meaningful and positive way and with the ability to make informed and responsible choices about the ocean.

Each Year team follows one Cross-curricular unit during one half term of their annual curriculum coverage. Each year team chooses the most appropriate time for this to be covered within their curriculum. In addition to this, all year teams will select an appropriate time in the year, usually in the week over World Ocean Day, to access another shorter block of work from a shorter deep dive unit. If aspects of this unit have already been taught, year teams can shorten this and select relevant activities from the Deep Dive unit.

Impact

At Widey Court we have incorporated the Ocean Curriculum into our school’s Curriculum which meets the needs of the children and our families in the school community. Subject leaders work together across the Trust to ensure that each subject has a strong progressive curriculum which matches the National Curriculum, whilst being enhanced by the Ocean Conservation Curriculum. As a school we work to ensure that children develop a passion and understanding and respect for our ocean.

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Thank you Plymouth Garden Centre Ltd! Our Eco volunteers started gardening tonight with all of your wonderful goodies! Thank you Mrs O’Connor for organising this! ⭐️⭐️
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The EYFS children celebrated National Sunflower Day today where they learnt about the importance of caring for plants. They all came to school wearing something yellow and enjoyed lots of sunflower themed activities! They each planted a sunflower seed and will continue to care for them throughout the rest of the summer term 🌻. We will be creating posters this week to remember what plants need to grow. ☀️ 🌧️ We can't wait to see how tall they get! 🌻
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All of our Schools’ Challenge runners have made it to the finish line! So proud of their commitment and dedication since January to complete 12 miles! We are looking forward to completing our 13th mile on Sunday! We will see you at 10.30am at our meeting point! Please remember to wear your t-shirt and race number and bring a drink! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️🏃🏃‍♀️🏃‍♂️
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PTFA Family Silent Disco Pt1 is in full swing! 🎧💃🕺🪩⭐️ We are loving the tunes!
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A greeting for Widey Court pupils from some familiar faces if you are an avid Plymouth Argyle fan! ⭐️⚽️
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UPDATE‼️We thought yesterday was great…Today the attendance is 98.3%! Another personal best! ‼️Fantastic! 🎉 We have reached a personal best with our attendance today………97.1% ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Well done Team Widey!
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On Friday 26th April, EYFS, Y1, Y2 and Y3 are going to be meeting an author! We are lucky enough to have Sarah Tagholm joining us and doing some activities about her book 'We Are The Wibbly'. If you would like to order a copy of the book at a discounted price, please order through Arbor. The book will then be signed by Sarah on the day. ⭐️
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Please remember to download the Class Dojo App to join your child’s class if you are in Year 1-6! Teachers will be posting messages, photos, videos and you will also see how your child is being rewarded with positive behaviour Dojo points. Any questions, please see your child’s teacher! ⭐️✅ Some examples of messages and photos are shown below! For instructions on how to join, please see the letter that was sent out on Friday 19th April! Let’s get connected! 🤝 For those parents who are already up and running with Class Dojo, we’d love to hear your feedback! Either comment below or email jllewellyn@wideycourt.plymouth.sch.uk Thank you! ⭐️
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22/04/2024 Our phone lines are still causing us issues! If you are unable to contact us using the normal school number, please use the details provided below. 😊
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