The Broader Curriculum that promotes Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural development.

At Sparkenhoe School we recognise that the personal development of pupils spiritually, morally, socially and culturally plays a significant part in their ability to learn and achieve. We therefore provide an education that gives pupils opportunities to explore and develop their own values and beliefs, spiritual awareness, high standards of personal behaviour, a positive caring attitude towards other people, an understanding of their own social and cultural traditions and an appreciation of the diversity and richness of other cultures. As a result of our concerted efforts to broaden pupils’ experiences and understanding, we believe that they are ready to move to the next phase of their education and lives.  This results in our pupils learning values that are fundamental to a growing and vibrant country and economy and into excellent citizens of our community.

All curriculum areas have a contribution to make to a pupil’s spiritual, moral, social and cultural development and opportunities for this are planned in each area of the curriculum.  In addition to this, we hold festival days to celebrate significant religious events, local, national and international days and PHSE days.  This is further enhanced by visits and residential trips linked to different areas of our curriculum.

Our festival days cover the values, principles and spirituality of most faith backgrounds and occur at the times of the year when these special days are being celebrated across our city, country and the world.  The diversity of spiritual traditions is recognised and pupils are given access to different points of view.

RE- Festival Day Special Assemblies

Festival day

Year Group


Year 4


Year 6


Foundation 2

Creation stories

Year 2


Year 3


Year 1

Eid Ul Fitr / Eid Ul Adha

Year 5


Our school prides itself in celebrating the cultures, values and traditions of the world around us whether locally, nationally or globally.  The global event held every summer term consists of an enterprise project where each year group is given the opportunity to run a small business.  From a small starting budget, the children research, plan, make, market and sell their own products and produce to our parent body.  We believe that this provides them with some real life skills that are linked to the core subjects of the National Curriculum – providing the children with a chance to apply their knowledge and understanding practically.

Focused PHSE days allow our pupils to develop their own knowledge about the world around them and their sense of self.  Topics include e-safety, healthy living workshops, anti-bullying activities and how to keep safe in the modern world.  As a result our pupils are aware of their place in the world, how to keep safe and healthy and how to make and maintain friendships – all key life skills that set them up for the next stages in life’s journey.

We provide a range of extra-curricular opportunities that are available for our pupils to enjoy. We have a long history of running numerous visits and residential trips and we remain committed to providing these opportunities.  Destinations include residential trips to Kingswood in Staffordshire and camping in the local countryside. This year, we will be undertaking our first trip overseas to France.  We also have numerous trips and visits, locally and nationally including a whole school community trip to the seaside and visits to local parks, museums and places of historical significance.  We also augment our curriculum with visits from a range of significant people including religious leaders, emergency service providers, healthcare professionals and personalities from the world of sport, art and politics.

Latest News
  • New School Term

    date posted: 22/08/21

    School opens for all children in Years 1 to 6 on WEDNESDAY 25th August. F2 start on Thursday 26th August for either morning or afternoon sessions. Please contact school if you are not sure when your child starts. F1 start in groups on Tuesday 31st August, Tuesday 7th August or Monday 13th August.

  • Half Term

    date posted: 28/05/21

    We have had a busy half term in school. I hope everyone has a good rest over half term. School opens on Monday 7th June.

  • Space Day

    date posted: 26/04/21

    We had a fantastic day on Friday. The space costumes were amazing and the children had a lovely day making rockets and taking part in other space themed activities. We have raised a lot of money for LOROS. Look out for further information. Thank you for your incredible generosity.

  • School Opening

    date posted: 28/02/21

    School is open for ALL children on Monday 8th March.

  • School open

    date posted: 25/01/21

    School will reopen on Tuesday 26th for the children who were attending.

  • Snow Closure

    date posted: 24/01/21

    Due to heavy snow and icy conditions, school is closed to ALL children on Monday 25th January.

  • School Closure

    date posted: 12/01/21

    School is now closed apart from for vulnerable children and the children of key workers.

  • Christmas Holiday

    date posted: 18/12/20

    Thank you for your support over the last term. Have a lovely holiday. All the children start back at school on TUESDAY 5th JANUARY 2021.

  • Fund Raising

    date posted: 20/11/20

    Thank you to everyone for your generous contributions to our Children in Need fund raising day. We have raised £1166 which is absolutely amazing. Thank you for your support. The children had a lovely day.

  • Attenborough Learning Trust

    date posted: 01/11/20

    The Attenborough Learning Trust are holding a Virtual Open Meeting on Wednesday 4th November 2020 from 5.00 – 5.45 pm and the public are welcome to attend.  If you would like to attend the meeting please contact and a Microsoft Teams invitation will be sent to you.


  • First Week Back

    date posted: 05/09/20

    Thank you to all the staff, children and parents for helping us have a fantastic first week back at school. It has been lovely to see everyone again.

  • School Opening

    date posted: 19/08/20

    We are looking forward to opening for children on Tuesday 1st September. The updated Covid-19 Risk Assessment is available to view in Information/Policies.

  • School Closed

    date posted: 16/07/20

    School is now closed for the summer holiday. We open on Tuesday 1st September 2020.

  • School Closure

    date posted: 03/07/20

    School is now closed for all children apart from vulnerable children and the children of key workers.

  • Risk Assessment

    date posted: 04/06/20

    The Coronavirus risk assessment is available to view in Information/Policies. Or click here.

  • Information

    date posted: 19/04/20

    For support, advice and information about free school meals see COVID-19 support section in the PARENT tab.

    For home learning activities see the HOME LEARNING section in the PARENT tab.

  • Information: Key Workers

    date posted: 19/04/20

    We are open only for children whose parents are key workers.

    Stay at home, protect the NHS, save lives.

  • School Closure March

    date posted: 20/03/20

    It is with great sadness that we are closing today for most children. Thank you for all your support and kindness. Keep safe and we look forward to the time when we can open again.

  • Key Workers

    date posted: 20/03/20

    Please follow this link for guidance about who key workers are. If you think this is you please email the school office. Thank you.

  • Coronavirus

    date posted: 15/03/20

    All parents should have received letters from us about the latest guidance. Click on the link to read this and for further guidance from Public Heath England.

    Letter from school

    Coronavirus advice for educational settings

    Other information is available from both Public Health England and NHS websites.

  • PGL Residential

    date posted: 27/02/20

    The children had an amazing time at Caythorpes before the half term holiday, even though it was cold, wet and windy at times. The children had a go at so many new experiences such as quad bikes, climbing, zip wire, trapeze, trapeze and aero ball to name a few.

  • Letter Of Congratulations

    date posted: 27/02/20

    We received a lovely letter from our local MP, John Ashworth, to congratulate us on our Key Stage 2 results. Click here to read the letter.

  • School Starts

    date posted: 08/01/20
    School starts on Tuesday 7th January. We are all looking forward to another exciting term.
  • End of Term

    date posted: 20/12/19
    We've had a lovely end to the Autumn term with wonderful parties, pantomime visits and concerts. We hope everyone has a lovely holiday and we'll see you on Tuesday 7th January.
  • Half term

    date posted: 11/10/19
    School closes for half term on Friday 11th October. We look forward to seeing you all on Monday 21st October.