Extended Learning Opportunities
We believe that extended learning, sometimes also called extra-curricular, opportunities play a key role in the development of our children. We seek to provide as many opportunities as we can for children to extend their learning and discover and celebrate their talents and interests.
A list of opportunities is sent to parents/carers each term via Parentmail, and club choices can be selected online. If you have any queries, please visit the School Office or email Sonia: firstname.lastname@example.org. If the club is one involving a payment, your child’s name will not be entered onto the final register until full payment for that club is received in the office or via SIMS Agora. We hope that by requesting payment up front we can vastly reduce the administration time in collecting payments and prevent the school from having to divert funds to cover the costs of late/non-payments of club fees.
Sheffield Children’s University
In order to celebrate the success of children taking part in extended learning activities outside of school hours we work with the Children’s University to help our pupils collect Children’s University credits.
The Sheffield Children’s University awards children a credit for every hour of activity attended out of school hours. The children can work towards bronze (30 credits), silver (65 credits) and gold (100 credits) awards during their time at Malin Bridge Primary. You can download a full list of the Awards and Badges that can be achieved through extended learning activities with Sheffield Children’s University. To collect credits at learning destinations outside of school, children will need a Passport to Learning; these cost £2 and are available to purchase at the School Office, Sheffield libraries and some Learning Destinations.
Get Walking, Keep Walking
Get Walking Keep Walking is a Ramblers project funded by the Big Lottery Fund through the Active Travel Consortium of leading walking, cycling and health organisations, and supported by councils, NHS trusts and the Ramblers Holidays Charitable Trust.
Produced by the Ramblers Association, these walks are perfect for families. Located in and around 15 schools in the city, the walks are ideal opportunities for everyone – young or old – to explore Sheffield by foot, at a pace to suit you.
There are 6 circular walks around Malin Bridge Primary School. Each walk has points of interest and goes through a green space where children can take part in additional activities.
More information and details of the routes can be found on our Get Walking, Keep Walking document.
Educational visits and trips are frequently arranged to enhance and extend the children’s learning. Parents and carers will be informed about these trips with as much notice as possible, although sometimes opportunities will present themselves at shorter notice. Parents and carers are asked to provide permission for the school year which covers local visits but will be asked for specific permission for trips further afield. Although some trips are free, many will involve costs and in this case parents and carers will be asked for a voluntary contribution.
During their time at Malin Bridge Primary, children will also have the opportunity to take part in residential visits. The Y6 children visit Kingswood for a week, the Y4 children visit Thornbridge for three days and Y2 children visit Hollowford for two days. We believe that residential visits offer children a fantastic opportunity and experience and we are very grateful to the commitment of our staff in making them possible.
Under the terms of the Education Reform Act 1988, schools are not allowed to charge for activities offered to pupils during the school day, though the school may ask for voluntary contributions. If your child’s class is involved in an educational visit, parents will be asked if they are prepared to make a voluntary contribution. It will be made clear whether the visit is dependent upon voluntary contributions being made. If the visit takes place, all children in the class will go, whether or not the parents have made a voluntary contribution.