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.
Our latest Extended Learning Leaflet – Autumn 2017/18 and timetable give details of what happens and when at Malin Bridge Primary School.
Club choices can be indicated on the Extended Learning leaflet and handed in to the Office or emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please ensure that you enter “Club Choices” as the subject header. 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.
Due to fantastic pupil involvement and the Extended Learning activities offered, Malin Bridge Primary has been used as a case study by the Children’s University.
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.
Other Information from the Prospectus 2017/18
When we talk about Extended Learning, this encompasses learning that takes place outside the routine of school. Sometimes this will involve activities that enhance learning within the traditional school day, for example school trips or visitors in school. Sometimes this will happen outside the traditional school day, for example after-school clubs, breakfast, lunch and holidays. During this school year we are, with the support of our PTA, trying to support each year group to develop a greater number of Extended Learning activities within the school day by providing a budget for it. This budget, referred to as ‘Wow Wonga’ in school, is used to cover or partly cover the cost to parents of these activities, which will generally involve whole classes or year groups.
During their time at Malin Bridge Primary we would also like every child to have the opportunity to participate regularly in school shows, performances and other events that share their talents with the school community. Within year groups this will involve events which give the children the opportunities to share their learning, for example inviting parents and carers to a coffee morning. Within each phase of school this will also involve an annual school performance. In this school year our Foundation Stage children and our KS1 (Y1 and Y2) children will each perform a Christmas Show, our lower KS2 children (primarily Y4 pupils) will perform a show at the end of the Spring term and the Y6 children, from upper KS2, will perform a show at the end of the Summer term.
Extended learning opportunities outside the school day are provided by both staff and external providers. These activities, which are optional, are often targeted at specific age groups and have a limited number of places. Some involve a cost to parents but many are free to take part in. These extended learning opportunities include sport, dance, art, French, science and many more, new activities are regularly added to the menu. Each half term a menu of options is sent home, so that children can apply for places, and the latest timetable of opportunities is available to download.
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 (please see below).
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 in the Spring term, the Y4 children visit Thornbridge for a week in the Summer term and Y2 children visit Whirlow Farm for two nights in the Spring/Summer term. 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.