Alternative Curriculum

Breakout Days

Throughout the academic year, Churnet View hold a number of ‘breakout days’ where the students study an alternative curriculum. Our teachers plan a whole day of exciting activities that are educational, fun and also gives the learners, in vertical teaching groups, an opportunity to experience a more broader understanding of the world we live in.

Each all-day event has focused on a particular theme and has previously included: bringing the world to Churnet View (Countries, Culture and Religion); horticulture, herbs, the healing properties of plants (introducing innovative ways of attracting wildlife into the school gardens); and a WW1 school day (Costumes, Street Games, Propaganda in the Media, Rations/Calculations and PE Boot-camp.  A careers and jobs event took place during this academic year.  Two short videos of the educational days, including what our learners thought of their experiences, can be viewed above.

Year 8 Options Afternoon

On a Friday afternoon year 8 students participate in a variety of alternative curriculum activities.

These include:

Bee keeping


St Johns Ambulance first aid training

Sport and fitness




Students rotate in small groups around the 7 areas over the course of the year.

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