Widening interests through exposure to a wide variety of first-hand experiential learning

We place a high level of importance on our pupils being active within their learning. This involves a wide variety of activities within the classroom, but also a wide variety of other opportunities to learn and develop. Each half term, pupils participate in immersive experiences in order to engage, stimulate curiosity and add context to their learning. This can be trips to museums, wildlife centres and other areas of interest, visitors to school or themed days linked to their topics.

Additionally, we run a wide variety of after school clubs that are free of charge (for example, cookery, hockey, football, film club, dance, art and drama). Pupils of different ages have the opportunity to play sport competitively against other academies in the Trust. Additionally, pupils in Year 5 and 6 can join a squad in rugby or netball. These squads train weekly and are entered into a variety of competitive events. In rugby, we work alongside Poole rugby club and develop the R.F.U.’s five key principles: teamwork, respect, enjoyment, discipline and sportsmanship.

Residential experiences are held in Year 4 and Year 6. These experiences empower our pupils through developing independence, problem solving, cooperation and self-regulation, as well as developing knowledge through being directly linked to the topics being studied within the year groups.

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