Curriculum Enrichment at Heathfield Primary and Nursery School
At Heathfield Primary and Nursery we pride ourselves on the wide range of enrichment opportunities that are available to the children. Throughout every Key Phase pupils’ learning is enhanced by a variety of trips, visitors, guest speakers, after school clubs and residential visits. We believe these activities play a key role in a child’s development and we try to embrace new opportunities whenever possible.
All classes at Heathfield take part in several trips each year. Recently, EYFS went to Sherwood Forest to find the Gruffalo and Year 1 & 2 children have taken part in a Victorian Christmas at Newstead Abbey. Children in Year 3 & 4 had a Kings and Queens day at Wollaton Hall and made music with an African Drumming workshop whilst Year 5 & 6 pupils camped overnight in school with Adventures Into, picking up survival techniques Bear Grylls style.
In addition to day trips, the school also organises a range of yearly residential trips for children from years 2 to 6. These trips are hugely popular with staff and pupils and give children the opportunity to experience a range of activities away from the classroom. Children in years 2 & 3 have the opportunity to spend two nights at a youth hostel in Hathersage, Derbyshire. Year 4 & 5 visit a PGL outdoor adventure centre and Year 6 children visit a city for 4 nights in their annual residential. In July 2016 pupils are going to York.
As well as opportunities for the children outside of the school we facilitate a diverse range of visitors, guest speakers and organisations. Recently we have welcomed the Panthers ice-hockey team, Jonny Zucker (author) and soon we will be meeting Paul Cookson (poet)
At Heathfield, pupils have access to a wide variety of after school clubs and groups. These range from sports, which include football, netball, gymnastics and street dance. To creative pastimes such as Art, Games, gardening, Book Club and LEGO.
In addition to activities for pupils, the school offers an assortment of groups and courses that are guided by and support the local community. These include social coffee mornings, parent welcome meeting and educational courses, both academic and vocational, that assist parents/carers with their move back into the workplace.
Every child in Year 3, Year 5 and Year 6 take part in swimming lessons in our school.
Year 6 children are expected to be able to:
- swim competently, confidently and proficiently over a distance of at least 25 metres
- perform a safe self-rescue in different water based situations
- use a range of strokes effectively
Our children use Southglade and Ken Martin leisure centres for their swimming and are taught by trained instructors at these pools. Over the course of a half term the children receive an hour long lesson each week, building up skills and stamina to be able to achieve the end of KS2 objectives.
Currently 69% are able to swim 25 metres, 83% can use a range of strokes and 38% can perform a self-rescue in different water base situations.
We predict with recent changes to the year groups accessing swimming that the percentage increase.
Heathfield is very proud of the emphasis placed on music tuition in school.
All Year 4 children access the Whole Class Ensemble Tuition (WCET) for stringed instruments and are learning either the cello, violin or viola.
We also offer small group tuition in the violin, viola, cello and guitar for those children in Years 5 and 6 who show a particular strength during the WCET sessions or an interest in learning an instrument at a greater depth.
Currently 17 children have small group tuition for violin, 10 children are making progress in the viola and 13 children are enjoying the challenge of playing the cello.
Parents are invited into WCET lessons each term; they can take part in a strings workshop, or if they prefer, they can learn more about their child’s progress on the instruments. Children are entered for the Associated Board of the Royal School of Music (ABRSM) Grade 1 or Grade 2 at the end of each year and there have been many successes over the years, with passes, merits and distinctions. Some children also take part in Area Band, which encourages children to be part of an orchestra and perform in concerts.
Our choir participates in the popular Young Voices concert every year and the children become immersed in learning all the songs along with the dance moves. They particularly look forward to learning the Pop Medley. The choir also performs locally at Basford Library in December as well as the local old people’s home, Fox Court. Additionally, choir becomes involved in many initiatives that the Nottingham Music Hub lead on. There are many opportunities both in school and within the community for our children to showcase their talents.