We try to offer our children as wide a selection of opportunities as possible. These provide a vital part of every child’s education, helping to widen their interests, giving them a chance to pursue their passions, and helping them to build confidence and team working skills. From entrepreneurship to ski trips, and from digital photography club to visits to the Mary Rose, our children can get involved in a whole world of stimulating experiences.
Clubs and activities
Our clubs give children the chance to try out all sorts of fascinating activities. They might be things we don’t have time to cover in the normal curriculum. It also offers our staff the chance to share their own keenly followed hobbies and interests. So the children might learn to draw wildlife from Miss Creighton, who has illustrated several natural history books.
Trips, adventures and expeditions
Every term, each class will take part in at least one school trip. These are designed to support and extend work that is going on in the classroom, and add colour and real-world relevance to classroom learning. For the younger children, this might mean a voyage of underwater discovery at the Bristol Aquarium, while Year 5 children may augment their work on pulleys with a trip to Legoland to explore the engineering behind the rides there.
Bigger adventures await Heywood pupils, from residential activity weeks, to the Young Voices massed-schools choir at the O2 in London to the Wishford Weekend, which brings Year 6 pupils from all the schools in the Wishford Group together for a weekend of madcap fun and activities.
Find out more details on Adventures and expeditions.
Every year, Year-6 teams from each of the group’s eight schools take part in the Wishord Enterprise Award. Each team can apply for a start-up loan of up to £50 to develop an entrepreneurial idea and take it to market, with everything that that involves. Its aim is to give students invaluable experience in setting up and running a business, and show them how the subjects they learn in the classroom all have a role to play in the world of business; the literacy involved in writing a business proposal and marketing material; numeracy that ensures that all the figures add up; and design, science and technology, which will all be vital in developing a product. The most successful team wins £1,000 to be split between a local charity and reinvested in the business or school resources.