New curriculum creating a big buzz at Portsmouth school

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A CURRICULUM centred around fun topics is catching on at a Copnor school that has taken its recent Ofsted verdict to heart.

Youngsters at Langstone Infants, which recently came out of a notice to improve to be rated satisfactory and ‘rapidly improving’ under new head Victoria Page, are using the theme of the circus to learn across all subject areas.

This new approach follows a recommendation by Ofsted inspectors to make the curriculum more ‘memorable’.

Boys and girls have been making juggling balls to analyse materials in science, staff have dressed as acrobats to inspire writing, and pupils have been exploring performance through the ages to relive the history of the circus.

Miss Page said: ‘We’ve taken on board all the feedback from Ofsted, which was positive, and this is what we feel will drive the curriculum forward.

‘The whole school is buzzing – the children absolutely love it. The theme is something completely new and appeals to everyone.

‘It has certainly helped to engage boys with their writing.

‘Pupils are even doing additional homework at home for our displays.

‘The staff are excited as well – the new curriculum is allowing them to think outside the box and come up with creative ways to communicate information.’

Miss Page said next half-term’s theme will be the Olympics.