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 to add to the personal development of the children. They are monitored to ensure that their impact is positive and effective in terms of developing pupils' self esteem; resilience; character; global awareness; culture capital as well as the enhancement of themes with memorable, first hand experiences.
Most recently these activities have included:
- Trip to Liverpool Empire Theatre to see Peter Pan
- Trip to The Lowry Theatre Salford, to see The Gruffalo's Child
- Performing on stage to a real audience at Christmas
- Toasting marshmallows on a fire during Outdoor Learning Days
- Sharing work with audiences during assemblies
- Following a map to find our way on our Year 6 residential
- Planting vegetables, harvesting them, cooking with them and eating it!
- Having a picnic on the school field - British Values Day
- Bake Offs!
- Educational visits to the chocolate factory, zoos, local nature reserves, outdoor activity centres, cinema, pantomime and theatre
- Athletics and sporting activities and competitions with Chorley Schools Sports Partnership and Chorley Athletics
- Bikeability - from Reception to Year Six
- Buddy systems - EYFS with Year Six children; Year 1 with year 5 children
- Young Voices - singing event at the MEN Arena , Manchester
- Visits from the Fire Service, Ambulance and the Police
- Visits to the local mosque and visits from specialists in other faiths and religions
- Run a mile a day project
- Outdoor Learning in the school garden and on the field
- Lunchtime organised physical activity and team games
- Community Awards for outstanding behaviour out and about in the community
- After school and breakfast clubs across the year, both sporting and non sporting
- Curriculum competitions and enrichment days at local schools including high schools
The list goes on and on...
Parental feedback December 2019
Many thanks again to all the staff and the PTFA for the time, effort and hard work which you have all put in over the last 12 months. My grand daughter and I am sure, many other pupils, have benefited greatly from all the academic, social and extra curricular activities which have been made available to them.
It has been another happy year for her and the sense of community along with the general ethos promoted by the school has ensured that her enthusiasm and enjoyment of school life has not diminished.
After School Clubs
Throughout the year, we have after school clubs on every night. These clubs change each half term and are on offer throughout KS1 and KS2. We rotate the clubs so that each year group have the chance to try something new. We report to parents on the uptake of these clubs on the interim trackers sent home termly in the hope that parents will come to realise that these aspects of school life are very important. Children's personal and social development is enhanced by such a variety of differing experiences as well as giving them additional physical activity and skills.
The physical activity/sports clubs are mainly run by coaches from Chorley schools Sports Partnership CSSP, and are free for all children. They include dance, basketball, gymnastics, athletics, multi skills, hockey and football to name but a few. Often teams for local competitions are chosen from the children who have attended clubs and gained some skills in a particular sport but this is not always the case. Staff keep a record of children's attendance at clubs and participation in competitions and it is out aim, that every child will find a club which they enjoy and a competition which they can represent the school in by the time they leave us at the end of KS2.
In addition to the sports clubs, we also have Jam Coding Computing Club; CraftEd - an art and craft club and Spanish Club.
Our year 6 children have 'Buddies' in EYFS. They eat lunch with their Buddy every day and make sure that they have everything they need as well as a helping hand.
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.