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 been curtailed somewhat but last year they 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!
- Bake Offs!
- Educational visits to Quarry Bank Mill; 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
- Workshops in school - Stone Age; Anglo Saxons
- 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
- 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, termly
TIME Music Art and Drama workshops - C3 C5 - throughout the year
Jam Coding after school club all year
Masses throughout the year
School Council elections
Palace Theatre - Peter Pan
Lowry Theatre - The Gruffalo's Child
Quarry Bank Mill
Eco Council Elections
Reception Class - stay and read event
PTFA Christmas Markets
Stone Age and Anglo Saxon Workshops - History
C5 Science Competition - Holy Cross High School
Young Voices singing event - MEN Arena Manchester
Class assemblies - seasonal
Running events on the track
Outdoor Learning days
Plays - seasonal for all children -Christmas; Easter
Theatre visits - whole school
Safer Internet Day
Sports Competitions and events throughout the year - see Sports Grant statement
Bikeability - C5 Reception
Coding competition - C6
Poppy Appeal - British Legion Award
C6 Residential - Low Bank Ground, Cumbria - outdoor education
Bake off - PTFA
C5 Science Day -Holy Cross High School
Science enrichment days
C3 Ukelele Concert
Instrumental tuition music concert for parents
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.