We firmly believe that children learn best when they are excited about their learning and so we ensure that they have visits or visitors to support their learning at least once each term. Some of the visits may be further afield, to Fishbourne Roman Palace, Alice Holt Country Park or Hampton Court Palace for example, others may be closer to home such as QMC Science Centre, Central Studio or the War Memorial Park. However, wherever they go, the focus of the visit will be to inspire the children and extend their learning. In Year 6, children take part in a residential visit to Osmington Bay and this always proves to be the highlight of their final school year. The children are also fortunate to have a wide variety of visitors in school including a Roman soldier, ex World War II evacuees, chefs, authors, artists and members of a symphony orchestra to name just a few.
Each term, for eight weeks, the teachers and a few dedicated volunteers run a variety of clubs on a Tuesday after school. Most clubs are open to any child in Key Stage 2 although we sometimes open them up to Year 2 if numbers allow, and they vary from term to term depending on what the children have asked for and what staff are able to provide (hang-gliding just wasn’t possible!). Recent clubs have included smoothie-making, African drumming, drama, gymnastics, gardening, art, board games and ICT, but we are always willing to consider any realistic ideas. If you have a skill or interest that you would be willing to share with a group of children for an hour after school, please let us know – we would be happy to provide someone to support you.
We have a number of very enthusiastic football teams that, under the able management of Miss Warwick and Mr Wright, regularly take part in a number of tournaments against other schools; they have even played at St Mary’s Stadium in Southampton on more than one occasion.
Children also have opportunities throughout the year to take part in a range of other sporting competitions including kwik cricket, tag rugby, basketball and skipping.
All children from their summer term in Foundation Stage are able to join the school choir if they would like to. The choirs meet one lunch-time each week and sing a wide variety of songs. Mrs May-Miller and Mrs Creelie find many opportunities for the choir to perform including taking part in the Basingstoke Primary Schools Music Concert, entertaining the elderly at Christmas and performing in Space for Peace at Winchester Cathedral. Some children had to learn to sing in Latin when they supported Hook Choral Society’s performance of Carmina Burana. All members of the choir have the chance to take part in some of the performances, but others are restricted to the Key Stage 2 choir members. Those children who are learning to play an instrument either in school or at home are invited to join the school orchestra. As with the choir, there are many opportunities to perform throughout the year and children who are members of the choir and/or orchestra soon find that they are rewarded for their efforts with many merits.