Achieving our full potential
Every child deserves a rich variety of experiences and opportunities while at school. From time to time they will astonish themselves, their family, their friends and their teachers with their achievements. Our aim is to develop their love for learning through an engaging curriculum which is both broad and balanced. The teachers help each child develop this approach through stimulating lessons and challenging tasks.
Throughout the year the curriculum is enriched by visits to sporting events, places of historical interest, wildlife centres, and outward bound activities or by having special visitors in the classroom. Academic achievement is very important to us, so pupil progress is regularly monitored and discussed. Reading is a key focus in the early years and additional support is given to those children who require it through an intensive reading support programme in year 1.
We have a strong sporting tradition taking part in in many different events including local football tournaments, netball matches, tag rugby, dance festivals and Kwik Cricket. This helps the children to learn about working together as a team and being resilient when things don’t always go to plan. The school also enjoys a good reputation for music, children enjoy lessons in violin, flute, piano, guitar and drums through peripatetic teachers, a hand bell club and regular opportunities to sing in acts of worship and school productions.
Outdoor education is an area the school is rapidly developing within our extensive grounds. Each class has its own garden space where food is grown for the school meals and the children learn about ‘Food for Life’. We have also developed a Spiritual Garden, which provides a peaceful place for reflection and opportunities for studying nature at first hand. Our current project is to build a Roundhouse Shelter on the school field, this work is being completed with support from the Tanglewood Project and is funded by the National Lottery ‘Awards for All’ programme. Once completed it will provide an outdoor classroom for Forest School work, shelter during playtimes and a venue to promote rural crafts and traditions.
Being part of our family
We pride ourselves that Morchard Bishop is a small school, which enables us to be part of a large school family. Morchard Bishop encourages parents and carers to take part in helping in the classrooms, accompanying children on visits and supporting our very strong Parents Teacher Association.
Parents and carers play an important part in celebrating events in the school year such as Harvest, Christingle, Christmas, Easter, plays, performances and sports days. Throughout the year the PTA run a number of events which support the school both financially and more importantly as a hub within our community. Recent events have included Mouse Racing, School Fayre, a quiz, car boot sale, fun run and refreshments at school productions.
The school is also committed to supporting charities both locally, nationally and internationally. We have supported such charities as Children’s Hospice South West, Comic Relief, Leprosy Mission and Christian Aid.
Capturing our future
Preparing our children to become happy and responsible citizens is a key role for all teachers, parents and carers. We want our children to understand the importance of doing something good, rather than just talking about it. It is through our core Christian Values that we believe we can help children grasp this idea.
The first steps of the learning journey are learning to take care of ourselves through a good understanding of health, nutrition and keeping fit. The school holds the Healthy School Award and is working towards our Bronze Food for Life Award. We encourage children to eat a varied and balanced diet as well as taking part in an active lifestyle. Our school meals are prepared on site and we only use locally sourced food which enables us to ensure that the children have access to a high quality meal every day.
Our school site enables us to develop a programme of outdoor activities based on Forest School principles, which teach the children about being safe and taking responsibility for both themselves and their peers. We believe each child has the right to feel safe all of the time and through a programme of ‘Protective Behaviours’, the children learn about their rights and responsibilities.
The school has a strong School’s Council which supports the running of the school by suggesting improvements, fund raising activities and organising events. This gives the children the opportunity to become involved in a democratic process.
We aim to give our children business opportunities such as taking part in a ‘Dragon Den’ based on a Fair Trade Product or running stalls at the Summer Fayre.
Looking beyond Morchard Bishop, we work very closely with our Learning Community based at Chulmleigh, particularly 4 local primary schools who we share training, support and best practice. As your child leaves Morchard Bishop in year 6 we work closely with Chulmleigh Community College and Queen Elizabeth Community College, Crediton to aid transition.