What do we offer?
At St. Wulstan’s, we ensure that all pupils are exposed to a broad and balanced curriculum. We follow the statutory National Curriculum (see curriculum pages for further details) through the delivery of enquiry based topics. The topics are designed to engage and inspire the pupils and encourage cross curricular learning (see topic list for more details).
What is Enrichment?
The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) states that:
- Article 31: Every child has the right to take part in a wide range of activities
- Article 29: Every child has the right to develop their personality, talents and abilities to the full
At St. Wulstan’s we believe that learning is so much more than attainment and grades on a page but a myriad of attitudes, emotions, beliefs and skills. Learning new skills benefits children in the long term. It not only helps them develop confidence and social skills from a young age, but enrichment programs are actually considered critical because the brain is developing so rapidly at this age. Research shows that learning art, music and other enrichment skills can help children excel in many ways.
The best learning incorporates physical learning – this involves handling, observing, thinking and actually doing, learning how to learn and having the opportunity to explore new ways to learn.
Our Enrichment Programme will seek to focus on work-related learning, community participation and personal, social, emotional development. Enrichment activities and experiences will have clear outcomes linked to Foundation subject objectives within the 2014 National Curriculum. To achieve this, we believe it is essential to develop school links with different organisations to give our pupils a head start.
How will the Enrichment Programme work?
We aim to achieve a broad and balanced curriculum linked to real life experiences through a St. Wulstan’s Enrichment Programme. The purpose of the programme is to promote the life-skills needed for everyday life, develop “soft skills” that, in the long term, employers and universities look for, whilst also giving pupils the opportunity to find out more about their interests and passions.
The Enrichment Programme will create opportunities for our pupils to develop a wide range of essential skills by widening and opening up the curriculum.
In order for the programme to be accessible to all pupils, we have decided to make an adjustment to the school timetable creating a space that will be ring-fenced for enrichment. Therefore, we are proposing that every Friday afternoon will be known as Enrichment Friday from Friday 8th January 2021.
Children will be grouped within their class/year group and allocated to an activity within the school or at an external venue (park, community home, secondary school/university, business, activity centre, etc.)
How does it work?
Pupils sign up for a 'course' that will run for a half term. The courses are delivered by teachers, support staff and outside providers. The aim is that by the end of the year all pupils will have participated in one course from each main area - head, heart, hands and health. The school is always looking to expand the range of courses offered so please contact the school office if you would to get involved.
Click here for examples of Enrichment courses.