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 class from year 1 to 6 goes swimming for one half term over the course of the year.
Currently 53 children in the school are able to swim at least 25 metres.
(Updated – January 2015)
Heathfield is very proud of the emphasis placed on music tuition in school.
On Mondays, all Year 4 children access the Whole Class Ensemble Tuition for stringed instruments and are learning either the cello, violin or viola.
We also offer small group tuition in the viola, cello, violin 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, 11 children are making progress in the viola and 19 children are enjoying the challenge of playing the cello.
We have had a number of children take music exams at the end of the year with some achieving passes and distinctions at Grade 1. A couple of children also succeeded in achieving Grade 2.
In addition to the instrument tuition, Miss Dickson is released from class for half a day a week to work in each phase for a term, providing specific music teaching. This enables her skills to be shared with the other teachers providing them with some peer led CPD.
Our choir and events in school are used to showcase the talent we are nurturing.