Music is an important part of life at our school and we all enjoy singing together very regularly. Music invariably forms an important part of our special events and celebrations and everyone is encouraged to take part. Children at various stages of their schooling are given the opportunity to learn to play a musical instrument. For several years all children in Year 5 have learned to play the trumpet trhrough the 'Wider Opportunities' grant and we also have a set of 30 ukuleles in school. Other tuition, for example for the clarinet, keyboard or guitar, is undertaken by visiting peripatetic teachers during the school day and parents pay for this.
All children have the opportunity to be a member of the school choir, which meets during the lunch hour under the direction of Mrs. Felton. The choir performs at special events in school, entertains the elderly at Christmas and occasionally takes part in local concerts. We also offer a lunch time club for children to learn to play the recorder.
PE & Sport
Helping children to develop healthy, active lives is a priority at our school. We have achieved the Activemark over recent years in recognition of the time we devote to physical exercise. The quality and quantity of daily physical activity also contributed to the school achieving the Healthy School Community Award in 2007 and the Healthy Schools Plus Award in 2011.
The school day begins with “Wake up, Shake up”, an exercise routine devised and led by Year 5 and 6 children. Teachers use “brain gym” and “Take 10” exercises and try to make lessons as active and practical as possible. Infant aged children take part every day in “Leap into Life”, a 30 minute programme of physical exercise, and older children benefit from a well-planned, varied P.E. curriculum that includes gymnastics, dance, games, cardio work and swimming in year 3. Children are provided with equipment to use during the lunch hour and are encouraged to be active. Some of this has been donated to us by our local Sainsbury’s store who have “adopted” us! There is a range of lunchtime and after school clubs devoted to sport, varying with the interests and expertise of staff. Older children have the opportunity to play in teams and compete against pupils from other local schools as well as to take part in the local festivals. We are always proud of our teams who are good sports when winning or losing!
Art and Design Technology
Children have regular opportunities to enjoy art and DT linked to their topic work. Sometimes they work collaboratively or complete work with family members as part of a holiday homework project. They study famous artists and learn to work in different styles. If you visit our school you will see examples of their high quality work displayed for all to enjoy.
Modern Foreign Languages - French
The school is language rich and we enjoy learning from one another. Our children from other countries are able to contribute to language awareness, teaching their classmates words from their own language and putting us all to shame with the speed and determination that they show in learning English! In 2011 there were 18 languages spoken across the school.
Within the curriculum, all children in KS2 are learning to speak French and gain an understanding of French culture. This work culminates in a five-day residential stay in Northern France for children in Years 5 and 6.
All children have the opportunity to cook as we believe this is an important life skill – and certainly something children love to do! Cooking is part of the Design and Technology curriculum and children cook in small groups, thanks to the support of a group of parents and volunteers who supervise the activity. Cooking often also forms part of the class topic and is done together with the class teacher – for example during history topics or when the focus is on health and food.
We are grateful to our local Sainsbury’s store who donate most of the ingredients for our cookery activities.