Wider Curriculum and Enrichment
At St Paul’s Walden we believe that it is important to equip our pupils with the skills for life, with practical learning experiences that enrich the pupils and provide memorable activities. To achieve this, the pupils have opportunities to experience a wide range of cross curricular and subject specific activities throughout the whole year, as well as during our Enrichment sessions every Friday.
The various activities are chosen specifically to enhance the curriculum, adding to the personal development of the children, so that they are always growing and learning. We monitor the activities to ensure that their impact is positive in developing the pupils’ self-esteem, resilience, global awareness and an awareness of lifestyle choices, as well as offering the opportunity to learn new and practical skills.
We strongly believe that our staff, community and pupils are Growing and Learning Together, and our aim is that our enrichment activities have benefits beyond the activity itself.
Some of the most recent activities include:
- Our buddying system – Reception pupils work with the Year 6 pupils, getting to know our school.
- Bikeability scheme for our Year 5 and 6 pupils.
- Outdoor Learning both in the school grounds and at a local stately home.
- Learning about growing fruit and vegetables in our kitchen garden. The pupils are working towards the RHS Level 2 award.
- Fun-trition, where pupils learn about healthy lifestyle choices and the effect that food and exercise has on our bodies.
- Science and STEM activities that enable the pupils to work in mixed age groups, sharing ideas and developing resilience. (STEM is Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics)
- Country Dancing – our Year 5 and 6 pupils have been learning to Strip the Willow, under the guidance of members of the community.
- Art activities, both in the classroom environment and in the school grounds.
- Clay activities - a local expert supported the school and the pupils to produce individual and collaborative works.
- Sewing - the pupils learn how to create objects that are practical and fun.
- Crochet and other yarn crafts - a member of our school community is teaching the pupils to produce some seasonal objects.
- Cooking - all pupils experience cooking for themselves in a safe and supportive environment.
- Jewellery making as a business - the pupils make a selection of jewellery items and then run stalls at school events to gain an understanding of buying and selling items.
- Seasonal crafts to sell in the community.
- We regularly attend local sporting events organised by NHSSP as well as interschool events organised by other schools. This includes the Herts Legacy event where pupils can experience sports that are in the Paralympics. We also compete in rounders, football, netball and cricket matches.
- Educational visits to Whipsnade Zoo, to Aerospace to see the Mars Rover, to Duxford Museum, Kew Gardens, the seaside, local shops and farms, an outdoor activity centre and theatres.
- The children and staff have had talks and demonstrations from members of our local community, including a local historian, the Hitchin Bee Society and Chiltern cold pressed rapeseed producers.
- We hold an annual Food Revolution Week when all pupils and staff experience new foods and learn how to sustain a healthy lifestyle, while caring for our environment. These weeks have an overarching theme which have included: sugar, the effects and alternatives; food from around the world; What is a good breakfast?
- The pupils have had interactive discussions members of our community, including the fire service, a doctor, dentist and police officers.
- Our school choir regularly sings at local events and at our local Sue Ryder Nursing Home.
- We also have a School Council - each class has representatives who together discuss issues that affect our school community.
If you think that you, or anyone you know, would make a good Enrichment visitor to our school, please contact Mrs Adshead.
Friday Enrichment Sessions
Every Friday afternoon, our children take part in Enrichment sessions. These sessions are a chance for the children to learn about things which may not be covered by core school curriculum. The children move around different types of Enrichment each half term, which gives them the chance to find out which activities they enjoy, whether or not they are good at them. They are also a chance for the staff and volunteers to learn from the children.
We usually offer something sporty and something creative, as well as regular favourites such as Outdoor Learning, Cooking and Gardening. Look out on the website and around school for examples of the children's Enrichment experiences.
This term, the children will have the opportunity to choose from the following Enrichment activities (dependent on age and availability):
- Science experiments
- Fun with Yarn (crochet, weaving, knots)
- Cooking in the children's kitchen
- Growing Fruit and Veg in the Growing Together Garden
- Fun-trition - a series of fun and inspiring lessons for all year groups (years 1–6) based around the fundamental principles of staying healthy; eating well, drinking well, moving well and sleeping well.
- Sport - a variety of sports over the weeks, delivered by Premier Sports coaches