Enrichment Activities

Sports

The school follows the National Curriculum for PE and we are fortunate in having 2 halls which can be accessed for PE activities, and a large playground and field for outdoor games. All the pupils in year 3 are taken swimming each week and are taught according to their ability. We feel that it is vital that each child learns to swim and currently we do not charge for this activity.

We have many different sporting activities which are offered as lunch time or out of school clubs. These include athletics, netball, running, tag rugby and football. Football coaching takes place throughout the year.

We play in local leagues with other primary school; take part in mini marathons, fun runs and local and area swimming competitions.

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Music

We offer music tuition in keyboards, fife, flute, recorders and guitar provided by peripatetic music teachers, additional recorder lessons are provided by class teachers for some year groups, and all of our year 5 pupils have brass tuition. Our pupils share their musical successes and skills with us at end of term assemblies which are often their first public performances!

Education Outdoors

The amazing grounds are one of the most outstanding features of our school. We have developed these over a number of years in order to enable all pupils to access the outdoors throughout the year. There is an all weather path that meanders around the grounds, following the contours of the Dingly Dell, Pond and Woodland area, a leafy lane, our amphitheatre and through our Maths and Senses garden. We have a productive kitchen garden and an apple producing orchard and a quiet and restful Secret Garden; seating and play equipment; an Outdoor classroom and stage, and designated areas for sports and games. All of these features provide opportunities for curriculum enrichment across many curricular areas such as art, Eco school activities, gardening, science, storytelling and drama.

Residentials

Our pupils are offered the opportunity to take part in residential visits in years 4 and 6. In year 4 pupils go to Kilve Court for a 3 day visit based around creative art and often giving them their first taste of being away from home. It’s a great opportunity for pupils to learn outside of the school environment in a well established residential centre in West Somerset.

Year 6 pupils look forward to an outdoor activity residential in the Autumn term. They stay at the Outdoor Adventure centre in Widemouth Bay and experience a whole range of outdoor activities including surfing, body boarding, abseiling and coastal traversing. The carefully planned programme is designed to develop skills in personal safety, respect for self and others, teamwork and leadership.

Additionally, we sometimes make use of our superb outdoor environment and offer overnight camps for other pupils in the school as part of a planned programme within our curriculum, and often involve our year 5 pupils in a shorter residential outdoor education activity.

Full risk assessment procedures are carried out and there are strict Local Authority guidelines that are followed with any trip or visit.

Visits

We make good use of a wonderful range of local amenities for trips and visits which are made to enhance pupils learning, for example the Tiverton Museum and the Royal British Legion. Sometimes, we go further afield usually within the county, to places such as The Sculpture Park in North Devon, Braunton Burrows Nature Reserve and to Haven Banks Outdoor Education Centre, Exeter