Children at Willesborough Infant School have access to a broad and balanced curriculum throughout the school day. We strive to deliver a unique, creative, broad and enriching learning experience to all of our children. Here are some of the opportunities year two experience in their enrichment afternoon which happens every Wednesday. We offer a whole host of wider opportunities ranging from learning to become a ‘tiny teacher’; learning to lead in leadership games; the importance of first aid; knowledge and understanding of the world; writing newsletters in ‘press gang’; and computing. Read below to find out in more detail what these enrichment sessions entail.
In tiny teachers, year two pupils have the opportunity to discuss the skills of a teacher and carry out these skills with pupils from Reception. This includes:
- Discussing the expectations of behaviour
- Finding and using resources that will support the children
- Practise telling stories out loud for an audience
- Researching what Reception children like to do by asking them questions
- Making a board game to play with younger children
- Interacting with other children and giving them tips to support
- Designing a questionnaire to find out what makes children in Reception happy
Leadership games is another opportunity for pupils to take part in sporting activities. These sessions help our pupils to improve their communication skills, gross and fine motor skills and work as part of a team. We create circuit courses for pupils to complete, play fun engaging games and take part in relay races as well as learning the skills appropriate to play hockey and football.
During First Aid, the children are given the opportunity to recognise possible risks and hazards out and about, as well as in their home, in order to keep themselves safe. Pupils are then shown how to deal with situations if they do arise, such as burns or broken bones and who to call in an emergency. This enrichment is led by a fully trained nurse.
Computing allows pupils to further develop their skills and knowledge of computing. During the enrichment time, the children enjoy using a range of resources including Laptops, i-Pads and Bee-bots. We cover E-safety and children learn what to do if they feel unsafe online. We also look at programming using a variety of software. The children learn what an algorithm is and how to debug programs to ensure they run correctly. They learn how to write their own program using Scratch software to create and play each other's games to peer assess each other's work.
Knowledge and Understanding of The World:
These sessions give pupils more opportunities to learn about the wider world and how other people live. The children research different countries and their famous landmarks and present this information in a variety of ways. They also discuss environmental issues like recycling, water usage and being more eco-friendly. Pupils also have the opportunity to be the Prime Minister for a day and learn to work as a team to design and construct a bridge.
Each term at Willesborough Infant school a group of our year two children, known as the Press Gang, get together and, with the help of Mrs Dhamrait, write a newsletter. They decide on the content and write each of the pieces themselves. They even get to interview a member of staff! See these newsletters below.