Pupils’ talents are developed through a wide range of experiences. These include sports, residential visits and trips to museums and theatres. Older pupils have opportunities to learn a range of musical instruments and take part in the Cheshire agricultural show. Pupils relish growing vegetables on the school’s allotment which they then sell for charity. They value the opportunity to take on responsibilities, such as school councillors, road safety officers and science ambassadors.
At Comberbach Nursery and Primary School, we strongly believe that learning extends well beyond the classroom. We provide opportunities for children to undertake a range of enrichment activities which support and enhance their learning. Our Enrichment opportunities throughout the year help the children develop their interests and abilities, providing valuable learning experiences outside the classroom. This in turn promotes their independence and social skills.
Our enrichment opportunities include; regular educational visits including a program of residential visits; the opportunity for all pupils to learn to play a musical instrument and perform for an audience; regular work within the local community including attending the local church and serving the community their lunch at ‘Lite Bites’; a wide range of sporting opportunities, some of which involve competition with other schools locally and regionally; helping to develop the school’s newly installed poly tunnel and maintenance of the community garden; developing their roles within the school community including roles such as school councillor, science ambassadors and a range of other monitoring roles.
Enrichment at Home
You probably already do a lot of enrichment at home without really realising. Reading together, roleplay games, board games, singing, dancing, cooking, gardening, painting and drawing all count.
Family visits to art galleries, zoos and museums will add depth to your child’s knowledge. There are also structured activities that your child can take part in, such as music or swimming lessons, Brownies or Cubs, or being part of a sports team.
Look out for learning activities and competitions that your child can get involved with. The Summer Reading Challenge runs annually in libraries to encourage kids to read for pleasure, and there are lots of other opportunities to learn while having fun, such as applying for a Blue Peter badge or entering a writing competition like 500 Words.
Helping your child to find answers to their many questions is also a form of enrichment. If you aren’t able to give them an answer help them to find someone or somewhere that can. Perhaps a family friend, the local library or the internet might be able to satisfy their curiosity. The idea is to help them build up their bank of resources for the future to help them continue expanding their knowledge.
If you have a more able child, charities and organisations such as Mensa and Potential Plus UK often offer enrichment activity days and events throughout school holidays; these are a great way for children to meet with other gifted kids and learn from each other.