To enhance our curriculum and to provide additional memorable, practical learning experiences for our pupils, we offer a wide variety of cross curricular and subject specific enrichment activities across the year. These activities are chosen specifically to enhance the curriculum and are monitored to ensure that their impact is positive and effective in terms of raising pupils enjoyment and achievement.
Most recently these activities have included:
The list goes on and on...
Throughout the year, we also hold 'Enrichment Days or Weeks'. These enable us to devote extra time to specific events or subjects, enabling us to give greater focus and celebration to topics of choice. These are planned sequentially to ensure coverage of important national and international events, as well as providing balanced curriculum enrichment.
Extra curricular clubs every night, term
TIME Music Art and Drama workshops - C4 C5 - throughout the year
C3 to Astley Hall - History
European day of Languages - class workshops Spain; France and Italy
C5 Science Competition - Holy Cross High School
Young Voices singing event - MEN Arena Manchester
Class assemblies - seasonal
C4 C6 - Bright Sparks electricity workshops
Running events on the running track - charity
History drama workshop - All the king's Men - C6
KS2 drama workshops - In Flanders Fields
Horrible Histories - The 11th hour theatre visit C5 C6
Plays - seasonal for all children -Christmas; Easter
Cinema visit - whole school
Safer Internet Day
Sports Competitions and events throughout the year - see Sports Grant statement
Bikeability - C5 Reception
Stone Age workshop - C3
Bringing Books to Life - theatre company - whole school - World book Day
Horseheard - therapy for children with emotional difficulties
Coding competition - C6
Spelling Bee comp - Holy Cross High School
Easter hat parade
Drum Roots - drumming workshop - C2 C1
Poppy Appeal - British Legion Award
Adlington library visits - KS1 KS2
C6 Residential - outdoor education
Animate Youth Ministry Team - KS1 KS2
British Values Day - Muslim speaker - whole school
Bake off - PTFA
The Big Sing - C4
C5 - Clare Balding talk
Blackpool Zoo - Reception
C5 Science Day -Holy Cross High School
Science enrichment days
Professor Brainstorm Science workshop - KS1 KS2
Gadget Shop - Science toys
Chester Zoo - C1 C2
C4 - Retreat Day Holy Cross High School
C5 - Greek workshop
C6 - Ann Frank exhibition St Joseph's Horwich High School
C3 Ukelele Concert
Sponsored fun run PTFA
Instrumental tuition music concert for parents
PSHE enrichment week
Parental Feedback Summer 2019
'The enrichment activities offered by the school are a strength.'
'Interesting visitors - workshops from outside and good provision of extra curricular activity.'
'There is so much to do - fantastic opportunities.'
St Joseph's is taking part in the TIME project (testing impact, measuring effect) working with HMDT Music. The project aims to explore ways of empowering schools to develop and support their arts provision and to find ways of embedding the arts across the curriculum, helping to inspire learning thereby attaining higher levels of academic achievement for pupils. Special thanks to HMDT Music and the Paul Hamlyn Foundation for providing the funding for projects such as this which serve to enrich the curriculum for our pupils and staff.
We are involved in the project for three years and have completed one year so far. Each year, two staff members receive additional training and support from experts in Art, Drama and Music. The support takes the form of training, joint lesson planning and team teaching with the children. By the end of the three years, six teachers will have benefited from the project.
High quality music education enables lifelong participation in, and enjoyment of, music. We believe that all children should have the opportunity to learn a musical instrument and to make music with others.
Our key provider for tuition is Lancashire Music Service who are able to provide pupils with the opportunity to engage with music using a variety of instruments.
We provide free tuition for one KS2 class each year so that all pupils will have the opportunity to learn and experience a musical instrument. Currently, our Year 3 pupils are learning to play the ukulele.
We also give KS2 pupils the opportunity to purchase extra curricular music for clarinet, keyboard, guitar and flute. Many of our pupils partake in these classes and the majority go on to take exams in their chosen instrument.