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A very enriching program

Posted: 6th June 2018 | Category: Years 3 & 4, Years 5 to 8

A very enriching program

The enrichment program that we have in place allows the children time to develop their dramatic skills, something which in many ways mirrors a lot of the English Curriculum.

Through learning playscripts, the children are developing their oracy skills; through the collaborative effort involved in a play, the children’s communication skills are pushed forward. So far this year, we have had an interesting recount of the World Cup and an elaborate and far fetched version of Jack and the Beanstalk.

At present, we are gearing up for a magical trip down the rabbit hole to join Alice in Wonderland. It is great to see children on the stage be free of any constraints that they may feel in the classroom.

This year has been a great success in developing the number of opportunities available for children outside of the curriculum. Through the enrichment program, which takes place on a Monday afternoon, the children have been able to access many different creative activities.

As you are all aware, we are very fortunate to have a very willing and talented member of staff named Chris Walker. Chris is someone who has taken on the mantle of inspiring the next generation of carpenters and has been organising woodwork sessions for the children throughout this year.

They have made bird boxes, key holders, racing cars and trebuchets. For many of the children, this has been their first experience of working with materials in this way and we have seen a different, more focused side to a number of the children. Chris has done such a marvellous job, he will be inventing more woodwork projects for the next academic year. This kind of activity is something which the children at Skippers really respond exceptionally well to and flourish!

Excellent reviews of the year and articles have been written on different topics in the Journalism session. Year 3 completed some great work reviewing Matilda and Year 5 have been reviewing the 2017/2018 academic year. The children have enjoyed the reflection of the year and finding the most effective way to present their work.

If you have walked around the school, you may have seen some of the great ceramic work that the children have created in the pottery sessions. They have really thought about the different colours and shapes they have used. Some of the most fascinating sculptures were based on an under the sea scene, colourful corals and shimmering fish.

The children always enjoy the opportunity to be outside in the woodland and working with nature. It gives them a chance to solve problems and become resilient, whilst also gaining from the positives of spending more time outside. They have explored shelter building, by using the most appropriate logs, leaves and trees and positioning the shelters in the best location with the best support. I have not met a child at Skippers who does not enjoy the opportunity to explore the woodland, ask questions and overcome challenges. Challenges through woodland exploration and bushcraft are no longer challenges: they are just innovative play, something which we endeavour to replicate in the classroom.

As we move towards the end of the academic year, it is time to start looking at how we can best provide creative, artistic, dramatic and engaging activities for the enrichment program for the next year. I hope that all of the children from Year 3 to Year 8, will have a positive learning experience, and that we can showcase more of their incredible talents outside of the classroom.

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