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School Update – Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Further information about how our Trust and schools are taking necessary precautions since the outbreak of the Coronavirus, can be found in our Trust’s ‘Coronavirus (COVID-19) website section’.

Enrichment

A broad and balanced curriculum is essential in ensuring that the needs and interests of all learners is met. Our curriculum teaches children through many first hand experiences, including a wide range of enrichment activities.

Enrichment activities enhance the curriculum and enables pupils to make links with their learning. Each term ensures that pupils participate in a ‘wow moment’ and a ‘celebration’ in order to enhance progress and personal development. Alongside these opportunities we provide a wide range of clubs, invite visitors in to share their knowledge and experiences, alongside topic related trips.

Below are some enrichment activities you could try at home:

PE Enrichment National Sport Week

PE Enrichment National Sports Week Activities

PE Enrichment Personal Challenges

PE Enrichment Keeping active at home

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Breakfast Club

We have a Breakfast Club that runs every school morning from 7.30am to 8.30am. Your child will enjoy a healthy breakfast, followed by games and activities before it is time to start school. The cost of breakfast club is £2.50 per day, which includes breakfast, provided by Chartwells, this must be paid via ParentPay. You do not need to book in advance but if you intend to regularly use this service, please let us know via Reception so that we can ensure enough food is ordered for the kitchen.

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After School Club

Stay and Play” are an outside company that provide after school care from 3.00pm-6.00pm. For more information, follow this link: Stay & Play

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Extra-Curricular Clubs

We run a variety of extracurricular school clubs each term. Some of these are run voluntarily by the staff and others are provided by outside associations so may incur a charge. Clubs finish at either 3.45pm, 4pm or 4.15pm depending upon the type of club and its provider.

A letter for available clubs is sent out each term. We always ensure that every child is allocated place in a club. Additional places will then be offered to the children after this allocation.

Examples of clubs that we have previously run are:

• Cricket     • Kung Fu     • STEM (Science,Technology,Engineering, Maths)

• Creepy Claws     • Aim High Club     • Cooking

• Arts & Craft     •Storytelling     • Phonics

• Football     • Hockey     • Maths

• Dodgeball     • Computing     • EAL

• Forest School     • Eco Warriors     • Late Lessons

Children views and opinions have been obtained about the clubs provided in the past. The children particularly enjoyed dodgeball, STEM and animal clubs. Therefore, Creepy Claws have been invited back and STEM size increased so greater numbers of children can come along. “Late lessons’ are invite only. These clubs aim to support children with making excellent progress in reading and writing, and making sure all children reach their full potential. This have been hugely popular and really supported the children.

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Trips & Visitors

School trips are a powerful tool, which, enable us all to extend our knowledge, curiosity and enhance our social, personal and emotional development. They broaden our horizons – the engagement and joy from them benefits us all for a long time after we have returned to school. We, at New Horizons, are fortunate to live in a culturally rich area and are able to engage in trips in a wide variety of places covering a wide range of experiences. On some occasions, we invite visitors in to share their wealth of knowledge and experiences. This can range from authors, religious figures, museum curators and many more.

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Events

All schools in England are expected to provide Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural development opportunities for all children: this is known as SMSC. Our curriculum supports SMSC and it is promoted further through the celebration and commemoration of a wide range of class and whole school experiences.

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Cornerstones & Home Learning

As well as the academic homework, including the home learning, which we have been sharing with you over the recent period, the children are encouraged to use their thinking hats to create work that we can share with the whole school community, including parents at parent’s evening.

Each term we provide Cornerstones home learning opportunities: your child can pick from one of the suggested ideas or create an idea of their own. At the end of each term, the children vote for the most creative piece of homework (green hat thinking) from each class, we look forward to proudly displaying them here each term.

Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone Virtual Book Club

Medway Libraries would like to invite you to an online book club session, to discuss Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by J K Rowling. The session is aimed at 8-12 year olds.

In addition to discussing this beloved story, we’ll have magical activities and a fun quiz.

The title is available, online for free, through Medway Libraries’ eLibrary. We have both the book and the spellbinding audiobook narrated by Stephen Fry (run time just under 9 hours). You can sign up for a free library card here, which also gives you free access to 12,000+ ebooks and eaudiobooks, 1,500+ ecomics, 131 popular magazine titles, and 7000+ newspapers.