In order to achieve the aims of the school, the curriculum is carefully structured and the schemes of work encompass the targets of the National Curriculum (details of these are outside the scope of this booklet but can be obtained from the Headteacher). These aims are further enhanced by a number of extra curricular activities, which take place to foster children's specific interests. The activities may include music (recorders, brass and wind instruments, ocarinas, percussion), choir, gardening, art, netball, football, athletics, cricket, rounders, card craft, French, tennis, photography, animation, painting, chess, rockitball, rugby, hockey, first-aid, ICT, cookery, Latin, ECO Club, knitting and technology clubs. Gradually, as children move through the school, more of these clubs become available to them, but to start with only a few lunchtime and after school sessions involve the younger children. In Years 5 and 6 the majority of children attend after school clubs. The school has two choirs, ocarina, percussion and two recorder groups and a school band, which perform at concerts both in and out of school for other organisations. The school runs teams for all the sports and is involved in local competitions. Each team has its own uniform.
After school and lunchtime clubs are voluntary, but we do feel that children should attend regularly and be loyal to their club. Letters are requested from parents if a child has to be excused from a club in advance of the club day. The children are fortunate that so many of the staff here are willing to give up their time to undertake these activities. Parents are notified of the times and days of clubs when the timetable is agreed at the beginning of the autumn (Term One). Summer sports clubs are notified after the Easter Holidays. Application forms for school clubs are available from the office and your child will be expected to collect one themselves if they are interested. OFSTED commented that the school had an impressive range of extra curricular activities, often up to twenty eight different activities are offered.
The choir perform publicly on many occasions in the year. Sometimes at Bluewater or at Civic Ceremonies in Gravesend. The choir have collected over £6,000 for charity.
The Passports to Learning scheme, enables our children to benefit from their school club involvement. In addition to the obvious reward of stimulating and challenging extra-curricular activities such as learning a new sport, language or skill, under this new and exciting scheme children will be recognised and rewarded for their loyalty to their club. Children will earn ‘credits’ for each hour that they attend lunchtime or after school clubs. Each hourly credit will be validated in their own Passport, something special which they must take responsibility for and must bring into school when asked so that more credits can be added. Credits may also be earned by visiting educational tourist attractions for example Dover Museum or Leeds Castle. However, these passports will not simply be a way of recording their learning – once the children have reached learning milestones they will be recognised and once they have earned 100 credits they will be invited with their families to an annual awards evening at a real university, wear a real gown and be presented with their award by the university chancellor – which will inspire our youngsters to look 0to further education. Additionally, participants may also be able to visit tourist attractions at a reduced price by showing their passport. Such venues include Historic Dockyard Chatham and Leeds Castle. A full list of venues is available to read on the website www.kent.gov.uk/kcu.