As a school we offer the children opportunities to develop skills outside the National Curriculum, through a weekly ‘Enriched Curriculum’. Adults share the skills they have acquired through their life experiences and offer these to the children. Enriched curriculum activities have included: Judo, yoga, choir, sewing, fitness, African drumming, photography, ICT and much more.
In line with our vision statement and our drive to ensure all our children are equipped with skills for adulthood. We work in partnership with The University of Kent to deliver Children’s University.
Children’s University encourages children to try out new experiences, develop new ideas and acquire new skills through participation in a range of learning activities outside of the school day. These learning activities are designed to
Raise aspirations, self-esteem and self confidence
Encourage curiosity and a love of learning
Enhance motivation and build resilience
Introduce new life experiences
The children are given passports where they record the additional learning experiences; one stamp for every hour of accredited activity. On completion of 35 stamps the children take part in an in-school graduation and on the completion of 65 stamps the children attend a graduation ceremony at the University of Kent.
Some of the clubs include:
In our drive to develop the pupils of Luton Junior School as citizens of the future and develop their roles in the community we take part in weekly Outdoor Curriculum sessions. Pupils learn how to protect their local environment, how plants and flora in their local area grow and develop as well as using outdoor spaces to bring the National Curriculum to life. Additionally new skills and knowledge that are learnt outside are also brought back into the classroom making relevant connections to their current topic.
This year pupils are taking part in a Forest School pilot scheme. This is an opportunity for pupils to learn about the natural world around them and have the opportunity to use tools safely to build their own shelters and toilets for surviving in the outdoors. Pupils will be able to discover and develop new talents and skills that they can utilise for their development and the development of others. It is also a fantastic opportunity for pupils to develop their imagination in different learning environments. Finally the children will be able to develop themselves physically in the natural world allowing them to improve their levels of fitness and maintain a healthy approach to living.
Pupils in Year 6 have the opportunity to experience life-enriching adventures and make memories to cherish for life. PGL has been a great success for the past four years since we have been doing it. Throughout the weekend in PGL, pupils work as a team and push their own limits through activities such as the giant swing, rifle shooting, abseiling, canoeing and zip-wire. They grow in confidence and resilience and more importantly they have a fantastic time.
Here are what some of the pupils had to say about their experiences:
I faced my fearsCallie
Spending extra time with friends was so much fun, we knew each other better at the endPrzemek
I achieved things I never knew I could!Jenny
The zip-wire was crazy. It felt like you could see the whole word!Alex