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 programs 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!
Our Enrichment Passport
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:
Educational visits and visitors
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).
Experience the Arts
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!!
‘Healthy life Healthy mind’
We are extremely proud of our Eco achievements. Throughout the year we regularly have special ‘Walk to school days’, ‘Change for life days,’ and actively encourage children to take part in bike-ability cycling events. We partake in many ECO initiatives including ‘Beep-Beep Day and Happy Shoes Day. We also take part in National bird watch week, Switch -off week and National waste week.
On Friday afternoons we have Golden time .For the last hour of the school week Key stage 2 children work in mixed aged groups undertaking a wide range of activities which enrich our curriculum, including creative crafts, sketching construction, board games, multi- sport, football, friendship bracelet club, cycling, cross country, dance, sewing, art and gardening club.
Children are now involved in selecting the clubs each half term. This has proved to be a great success and positive way to end the school week and in addition gives children further incentives to follow our school rules.
What does Enrichment teach?
Celebrate good times!
We are continually proud of our Sporting, Musical and Environmental successes and have the certificates, trophies and banners to show for it! Annually we take part; collaborate and compete with other schools both nationally and regionally in events and competitions such as:
We are proud to be recognised for our continuous dedication in promoting enrichment and have just recently received the following awards:
Enrichment CPD for staff
Carefully planned out staff meetings allow subject leads to continually deliver high quality CPD in their specific subject areas. This enables all staff the opportunity to deepen and develop their own subject knowledge in an area of the curriculum which is perhaps not their specialism. We have found that this provides endless opportunities for staff to try out new approaches within a subject and develop more confidence to teach in new and innovative ways.
The Enrichment Team:
We have a team of dedicated staff to fulfill our aims and provide opportunities for pupils:
Dare to be remarkable!