We provide a wide variety of extra curricular activities for the children which change regularly due to the time of year and the childrens' interests. The following clubs are being run this half term.
Each week, the children in Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1 have the opportunity to meet for Keep Fit. During each session, they discuss the importance of being healthy and the effects of exercise upon our bodies. They keep fit to music; developing balance, spatial awareness and coordination. They have lots of fun with routines such as The Macarena and The Cha Cha Slide.
The children have the opportunity to express themselves through drama. They start each session with a warm-up, usually a game, before they begin rehearsal on their chosen performance.
In this club, the children have the opportunity to learn the game of hockey while also improving their hand-eye coordination and motor-skills. The children love playing 'Trucks and Trailers' as well as 'Driving'! The children practise these skills by themselves as well as within a competitive, team environment.
With access to the LearnPads, the children have jumped at the opportunity to use these. The club focuses on making computing as fun as possible while also allowing the children to strengthen their key skills. The children are also taught the importance of respecting the devices as well as using them safely and sensibly.
There are two sign language clubs at the school: Beginners and Advanced. The club utilises the children's love of the latest music so not only are they learning an important life skill but they build their confidence with public performances.
Children in Key Stage 2 will have the opportunity to further develop their creative writing skills. Every week, the children will be given different activities to encourage their imagination. The club will be based on the VCOP principles that are used throughout the school, as well as the idea of verbally practising their ideas before writing. The children will also be given the opportunity to enter local and national competitions.
Girls and boys from Key Stage 2 enjoy weekly after school Netball sessions. Children are taught to play “High Five” netball as well as basic skills and developing their general fitness. They enjoy playing a sport and having fun together. When it gets darker in the evenings, the children take a break from Netball and instead come indoors to play table tennis. As well as having the opportunity to participate in fun forms of exercise, the children learn the importance of teamwork and sportsmanship.
This year we are working with ASM Sports to deliver some parts of our P.E curriculum. This is being funded by money from government's primary school PE and sports funding initiative. As part of this, the school are funding an after school club once a week for KS2. This will be a football club and it aims to improve their basic skills, while also encouraging good sportsmanship in a fun, challenging and enjoyable environment.
The school has recently been awarded a variety of certificates for the work that has been done to develop the school grounds. Amongst those were the Level 3 RHS campaign award and a Newcastle in Bloom award. Members of the Gardening Club went to an award ceremony at The New Victoria Theatre to meet the judges and the mayor and receive the award. Also, the school was recently visited by the Britain in Bloom judges to present the school with a Silver Gilt award. This club gives children the opportunity to learn about different gardening techniques, look after the school grounds and help the school community. The Gardening Club are also responsible for planting and maintaining the flower beds around the monument at the junction of Crewe Road and Newcastle Road.
This year the school will run a club where the children will explore their personal well-being and the world around them. The club will be loosely based on Christian principles.
In Key Stage 1, the children will have the chance to take part in Spanish lessons. They will learn the basics, such as a numbers, greetings and colours. As well as learning the language, the children will have the opportunity to learn about Spanish culture around the world. Mrs Parry has travelled through many Spanish speaking countries and will have many photographs and artefacts to show the children.