Clubs and Activities 2017-09-25T21:26:28+00:00

Clubs and Activities

Choir

Mrs Skinner (parent) currently leads the Lizzie’s Choir after school each Tuesday. The choir is open to any child from year 1 upwards. Enthusiasm and fun are in plentiful supply. The choir sing lots of different songs from pop to classical.

The Choir perform annually at the Coln Concert and at church services throughout the year.

Instrumental Music

Guitar Lessons: Every week, Mr Mead comes to teach children guitar. They are taught in small groups and learn different chords to accompany melody. Children enjoy the lessons and parents have commented on how the children love playing the guitar at home, even singing along to the tunes they have learned! They often play at the Christmas, Harvest and Easter services, accompanying the congregation.

Drum Lessons: Mr Downes-Hall comes to teach drumming once a week week. Children learn individually and have a great time.

Musical Productions

We produce a Summer Play and a Christmas Nativity Play, both great highlights of the school year. Children, parents and staff all have to work very hard together, learning scripts and making costumes and scenery. Every child has a line and a part to play:

In 2016, our summer Shakespearian play, As We Like It,  took place in our local secondary school (Farmors) drama theatre.

In 2017, our summer musical, Oliver With A Twist, was held for the first time in the new performing arts theatre at our neighbours, Hatherop Castle School.

Our Christmas production is always held in Hatherop’s beautiful St. Nicholas church, a short walk from the school.

Art

Art is valued greatly at Hatherop. We invite in specialist artists to share their skills with the children, and place great importance on displays of the children’s work that are generated as part of their art lessons and changed regularly throughout the school. The children derive great pleasure from seeing their work on the walls.

We also display art work at the sculpture exhibition that is held every other year in Quenington. This is visited by several thousand people from around the country. As part of our Arts Week we made three felt banners including our vision statement. A felt maker worked with all the children in the school. These are displayed in the school’s entrance hall. Every child contributed to these wonderful pieces of art.

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.

Computing

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 3pm to 5pm every weekday at a cost of £7.50 per child for two hours and £4.50 for one hour.

Booking forms are available from the school office.

Payment can be made through ParentPay.

School Council

We elect a new School Council twice 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.