Throughout the year we ensure that we provide the opportunity for our pupils to experience a variety of activities, events and experiences outside of the normal day-to-day timetable.
Each term the children are offered a wide range of after-school clubs to further develop their interest and enjoyment in a choice of areas. Pupils can choose from a range of more physical, outdoor-based activities or artistic and academic, indoor-based activities.
|Sporting, Physical & Outdoor-based||Artistic, Academic & Indoor-based|
|Basketball||Arts & Crafts|
|Cricket||Sketching & Technical drawing|
|Dodgeball||Puzzles, games & problem solving|
|Handball||Lighthouse (Bible stories)|
|Dance||Sumdog (online maths)|
|Gymnastics||Modern Foreign Languages|
After-school clubs are run by members of staff from the primary and secondary schools, as well as specialist coaches and volunteer parents.
Class Trips & Educational Visits
We aim to provide a trip or educational visit for all classes at least once every half term. These visits will usually be linked to areas of learning the pupils are involved in during that term, but they may also be a trip that we feel is generally going to benefit our pupils' understanding and enjoyment of the world around them.
Trips and visits already organised for the autumn term:
Year 3 - The British Museum
Year 4 - Primrose Hill
Year 5 - The John Soane Museum
Year 6 - The Imperial War Museum
We feel it is very important for our pupils to get the chance to experience time away from home and school for a few days, and in Years 5 & 6 they have the opportunity to go on a class residential in the rural settings of Sayers Croft, in Surrey, and Hothorpe Hall in Leicestershire. These residentials not only give the children their first taste of staying somewhere for an extended period with their classmates, they also get to participate in many outdoor activities such as shelter building, pond dipping, high ropes, stream walks, archery and team building exercises. As well as this, they get to really appreciate the open space of the countryside, sharing the experience with their friends, and visiting new places such as Warwick Castle and Foxton Locks.
Musical Opportunities & Performances
We are very proud of our music at SMMA, and during the year we make sure the pupils are given the opportunities to demonstrate their amazing musical talents to others, as well as experience quality performance from other musicians. Examples of these occasions have been performing as part of the Pure Voices choir at the O2; participating in the Young Voices choir at Union Chapel, and being part of The Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment at King’s Place. These events are usually the culmination of various workshops, rehearsals and practice in school or at other locations. Although the pupils clearly enjoy these types of performance, their passion for music can also regularly be seen, every week, in our singing assemblies, music classes, choir practice and class assemblies.
Additionally, our pupils also have the advantage of being able to pay for individual music lessons, with specialist teachers from the secondary school. Such tuition has included guitar, drums, violin, trumpet, keyboard and piano. The pupils also get to show these musical talents in special assemblies to the rest of the school.
Nativity & Carol Concert
The Christmas period is important for thePprimary and we celebrate with two special events: The KS1 nativity and the KS2 carol concert. These are occasions when friends and family are invited to watch, with the Nativity being performed in the secondary hall, and the carol concert taking place in St. Mary Magdalene Church.
One of our unique annual enrichment activities is the whole school Shakespeare production which takes place at the end of every Spring term. Each year we spend the whole of the spring term with each class practicing a group dance to tell the story of a Shakespeare play. In addition to this, our Year 5 and 6 classes perform a dramatical retelling of the story, which is a culmination of many hours of work with a specialist acting teacher from The Young Shakespeare Company.