The children get excited about our Learning College programmes!

Learning College is a chance for the children to make choices in their learning and try new challenges. In both schools, at least twice a year, a series of afternoons is set aside to provide the children with an exciting variety of learning opportunities.

The process always starts with the children being asked to come up with ideas for what they want to learn – they can put down whatever they want. Staff then look at the children’s ideas and create a menu of courses on offer. Courses are run not only by teachers but by support staff, sports coaches and local sports clubs, outside specialists and providers, including parents and members of our community. The children then select their top four choices – our promise to them is that they will get one of these choices. The children are encouraged to try something new, not something they have had lots of experience with already. As we offer so many courses for each Learning College programme, we can keep numbers in each course small – smaller than a normal class size – usually around 16, sometimes fewer. Attempts are made to have a good balance of ages in each course so children have opportunities to work alongside children from different classes and year groups.

Here is the variety of opportunities the children have been offered over the last 2 years:

JUNIORS
Archery

Art and Artists

Athletics

Autumn Crafts

Ballet

Bath bombs, scrubs and balms

Batik

‘Bear Grylls’ Survival

Board Games

Bushcraft

Calligraphy

3D Canvas Art

Catapults

Chess

Chocolate Workshop

Christmas Craft: Cards and       Decorations

Christmas Crafts and Sweets

Coding

Computer Gaming

Construction Kits

Cooking

Cricket

Cross-Stitch/Sewing

Digital Song Composing

Draw and Paint like the Great      Artists

Easter Crafts

Felt making

Football

Forest School

Friendship Bracelets

Frisbee!

Gardening

Glass Painting

Goju Karate

Gymnastics

Hair Care and Styling

Handball

Hockey

 ‘In a galaxy far, far away…’  (Space-themed Animation)

Jewellery making

‘Jungle Book’ Fun

It’s ‘Knot’ a Problem!

Lego Challenges and designs

Mask Making

Make an Electronic Bug!

Make a Pop Music Video

Make your own Pop-up Books

Messing about with Science!

Mosaic Making

Mrs Tiggywinkle Doll Making

 

Musicals: Beauty and the Beast

Musicals: The ‘Matilda’ Experience!

Nail Art

Nature Explorers / Detectives

Netball

Orienteering

Origami

Photography

Pom Poms

Pottery / Clay

Recorders

Rounders

Rugby

St John Ambulance First Aid course

Sketching

‘Skillosaurus’ making

Soft Toy making

Street Dance

Tennis

Ukulele

Wildlife Gardening

Woodwork

Yoga

Zumba

 

INFANTS
Animal Art

Africa!

Archery

Arty Artists

Arty and Crafty

Bike Club

Bird watching

Comic Book Art

Computer Explorers

Crafty Collage

Crafty Creations

Cooking

Clay

Cricket

 

Dinosaurs

Photography

Gymnastics

How to draw a…

Inventions and Gadgets

Jewellery making

Loom Bands

Lego

‘Mini Beast Madness’ Film-Making

Music Makers

‘Multi skills’ sport

Nature Detectives

Netball

Origami

Pirates

Princesses

Recorders

Rounders

Rugby

Science Experiments

Sewing

Space

Tennis

Ukulele

Under the Sea

Yoga

Ukulele

 

 

 

Feedback from children is overwhelmingly positive – there is always a buzz when Learning College is coming!

“It lets us have a choice of what we do at school.”

“You come home with a smile on your face!”

“You get to do things you haven’t done before.”

“You learn lots of new skills.”

“It gives us a chance to learn something we wouldn’t learn in other lessons.”

 “I have learned how singing can be FUN!”

“I learned about owls and now I really like owls!”

“Looking at owl pellets was really interesting.”

 “Learning College gives you experiences that you might want to do when you’re older.”

“We have fun with our learning.”

“It helps make you fit.”

“In Y3 Learning College, I tried Street Dance for the first time. It got me interested and now I do it a lot.”

“I want to do more Forest Schools!”