Enrichment is at the heart of our curriculum and an integral part of our daily life at Packmoor Ormiston Academy. The range of opportunities to develop individual’s natural talents and broaden children’s horizons are immense. We firmly believe that true learning happens when children’s curiosity, creativity and experiences are ‘hands on,’ ‘fun,’ and unique. We this in mind our curriculum and timetables are tailored to provide our children with the best possible learning journey throughout their time at our academy.
As part of the Ormiston Academy Trust, we believe that Enrichment helps to raise academic standards, enhance performance and teach life skills that will equip our pupils for an ever-changing world. These give the children important first-hand experiences and they also bring subjects to life, providing real interest, memorable experiences, enthusiasm and motivation for learning and school life.
Our amazing and varied out-of-school clubs programmes provide a vast range of opportunities for pupils to learn skills that are not usually acquired in school, such as athletic and artistic performance skills.
Throughout the year at different times there are many clubs available. This includes: Computers, Choir, Spanish Eco club, Guitars, Cross Country, Maths, Art, Sports including Swimming; Cooking, Dance, Drama, Recorders and Choir to name a few!
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Children at our school are given an ‘enrichment passport,’ as an ongoing record of their enrichment achievements. The OAT Enrichment Charter aims are for all children to:
From time to time we are able to have visiting sports coaches from local teams for football and rugby. The children are given opportunities to experience live theatre and music through groups visiting school and trips to the theatre. Children are also taken on class trips as part of their topic and there is an opportunity for residential experiences both locally and abroad in Years 5 and 6.
Our most recent opportunities include:
Primary enrichment gives students the chance to participate in activities that supplement learning and enable them to broaden their skills and experiences, identify talent and enhance it.
Extracurricular activities appear to provide leadership and social skills development. These skills have been shown to lead to greater self-esteem and higher aspirations in both current academic situations and in the pursuit of long-term careers (Carns et al., 1995).
Throughout the school year teachers deliver the curriculum following an ‘experiential’ approach that will include specific enrichment activities alongside our main themes we have whole school planned ‘enrichment days or weeks’. These can take the form of a visiting artists such as participation in theatre workshops with the ‘Take a hint theatre group,’ and the opportunity to step inside a life-sized inflatable whale!!