We aim to provide our pupils with a well rounded and stimulated learning experience throughout their time at Willington Primary School. There are a range of enrichment activities on offer before, during and after school. In addition there are many educational visits and events as well as opportunities to participate in sport and music.
‘The school provides many exciting opportunities for pupils to broaden their spiritual, moral, social and cultural awareness’. OFSTED 2014.
Our football coaching after school club provides children in Key Stage 2 with an opportunity to enhance their football skills. Mr Lauder, a qualified football coach runs the club on a Monday afternoon from 3.15 to 4.15. Each session costs £1 per child and places are offered at the beginning of each term. If you require any further information please contact the school office.
Our fitness after school club provides children with the opportunity to try out different sports and develop physical skills. The club which is run by our PE Coach Mr Littlefair is on a Tuesday afternoon from 3.10 to 4.10pm for children in years 3 and 4 or Thursday afternoon from 3:10 – 4:10pm for children in years 5 and 6. . Places are offered at the beginning of each term on a first come first served basis. If you require any further information please contact the school office
Learning how to prepare healthy meals is an important skill in life, and the earlier children start the better. By acquiring this invaluable skill, children can also gain an understanding of the importance of a healthy and balanced diet.
Therefore, Mrs Sokell and Mrs Wright our teaching assistants run a cooking club on a Friday afternoon in school time for Key Stage 2 pupils. The school recently received a Big Lottery Grant which enabled us to create a community accessible cookery room in an un-used storeroom.
Performing Arts After School Club
Children in key stage 2 can participate in our performing arts after school club on a Wednesday from 3.10 – 4.00pm. Mrs Lamb and Miss McCartney run the club in school. This club is free of charge. If you require any further information please contact the school office.
Children in year 5 and 6 have the opportunity to participate in a residential trip to a designated activity centre. They experience a wide range of activities including a 3G swing, quad biking, climbing, orienteering and a zip wire to name a few!
The residential gives children the opportunity to develop team skills and encourage independence as well as having lots of fun!
Dukeshouse Wood (the activity centre) has had a whole raft of new adventure activity features installed to become one of the country’s leading residential activity centres. The Activity Park in the grounds houses many of these new additions including a quad bike track, zipwire, outdoor laser, jacob’s ladder, an outdoor climbing and abseiling tower and leap of faith. The new high ropes course includes exciting elements like high all aboard, jungle vines and high equilibrium, great for promoting confidence, team work and safely taking risks, whilst our 3G swing adds an exhilarating dimension to the activity park. These high-adrenaline experiences are contrasted with activities encouraging mental prowess and teambuilding, like team tech, indoor initiatives and mission possible. When the weather isn’t so favourable, the centre also has a 8000 sq ft all weather barn housing indoor climbing, laser arena and computer lab facilities. Information will be fowarded to parents in the Autumn term.
Educational visits enhance and develop learning throughout the curriculum. Educational visits are designed to enliven the curriculum, giving learning a real context to provide extra motivation and greater understanding for pupils. Visits take place on a regular basis and destinations may include visits to a local farm, museum, nature reserve, forest, local amenity etc. The Pupil Premium (additional funding provided to schools to support specific groups of children who are vulnerable to possible underachievement) continues to allow us to either fully fund or subsidise these visits in 13/14. For further information on charging please view our Charging Policy which is located in our School Policies section of our website.
Durham County Council music support service provides musical opportunities for pupils in school.
The ability to play an instrument is something that will stay with your child for the rest of their lives. Playing and singing will not only increase their understanding and enjoyment of music, it can also:
- help social skills
- build teamwork
- increase self-confidence
- give opportunities to perform
- be a fulfilling hobby that can open up new opportunities
Playing an instrument or singing takes commitment. Pupils need to bring their instrument to every lesson and will need to play or sing regularly at home. They will need support and encouragement and there may be times when they find it difficult. Remember that they will not be able to play tunes straight away and that the early stages may not sound wonderful.
There are charges for lessons and for the hire of an instrument. Charges do not apply if your child receives, or could receive, free school meals (evidence must be supplied). For further information please click here.