Design and Technology
Hatherop Primary pupils love their D&T – Design and Technology. Over the years, they have worked on a range of projects; younger pupils have made model playgrounds, wind-up toys, torches and morse code machines. We also take part in the Engineering Challenge held as part of the Royal Air Tattoo at the nearby RAF base in Fairford.
We recognise that ICT skills are imperative for today’s children. Not only will they need ICT skills in their eventual workplace, but they will need them at secondary school too. Our Computing curriculum ensures that Hatherop pupils are skilled in their use of various programs, as well as seeing the advantages of using a PC or tablet, whether for internet research or for producing good quality work.
We have interactive whiteboards in all classrooms and we have laptops and iPads for the children in every classroom. This equipment is not only used in ICT lessons, but it is used appropriately for other subjects too.
Gardening and Cookery
We encourage our children to lead a healthy lifestyle. To endorse our commitment, each child will have two special cooking lessons a year provided by ‘The Kitchen Club’. The whole school gets to taste the results. It really encourages children to try new food.
We are very fortunate in having an organic school garden. We grow our own vegetables and fruit and also some flowers for cutting. We also have a separate conservation area with a pond for wildlife. We are in the process of improving this area and are also developing a woodland area which will be used by all our children.
As we are sited in a beautiful part of the country, we really encourage children to learn what is going on in the countryside around them. We regularly visit the Ernest Cook Trust Woodland School and we have good links with local farms.
Sports and P.E.
The children have the opportunity to participate in a range of sports, either indoors in the school hall or outdoors in the school grounds or at the football field. This includes gymnastics, dance, games and swimming. There are different sports clubs throughout year, run by parents, teachers, teaching assistants, qualified sports coaches or volunteers from the local community. These include tag rugby, football, tennis, cross country running, netball, rounders, cricket, and hockey.
The children also have the opportunity to participate in sporting competitions at local and county level. We have achieved great success in previous years in the Cross Country competitions, with some pupils going on to represent the county. We have also had success in the Tag Rugby Competitions, Kwik Cricket Competitions, and the District and Area Sports. Every child in Key Stage 2 participates in the District Sports, competing in one field event and at least one track event, as well as participating in track relays. A number of children each year go on to represent our District in the Area Sports, some even breaking Area records.
We host a Small Schools Football Competition annually, when 10 to 12 small village schools come to our football field to take part. Afterwards, all the teams and supporters are invited to have squash and biscuits in the playground.
The government is providing additional funding to improve provision of Physical Education (PE) and sport in primary schools. In our case, we have used it to fund:
- specialist swimming teachers
- transport to swimming lessons and competitions
- a PE specialist working alongside teachers
- after school clubs
- Running inter-school competitions, including football and sports hall athletics
Thanks to this funding, the children experienced specialised PE teaching and increased supervision, which enabled full use of the school field and provided professional development for staff. We were able to take part in many competitions and provide a range of after school clubs. Our specialist swimming teacher helped us to win the swimming gala in January 2016!
After School Club
Our After School Club runs from 3.05pm to 5pm every weekday at a cost of £6.50 per child per day. Booking forms are available from the school office. You will be invoiced termly.
We elect a new School Council three times a year. Children who wish to stand make a speech to the whole school and explain what they would do if they were elected. Everyone in the school has a vote and the successful candidates become our School Council.
The Council have successfully negotiated for school pets and the design of the new playground lines. They speak regularly to Governors about decisions that are made to enable the school to be the best it can be for all.
The School Council worked very hard towards the school successfully being awarded Fair Trade status. As part of this process, they interviewed the school administrator about school uniform and the cook from Farmor’s about sourcing Fair Trade. They spoke to the PTA so that snacks sold at Film Night’s are Fair Trade.