At St James Hatcham, we understand the importance of balancing statutory and formalised learning with a broad range of experiences and, as a Rights Respecting School, treat Article 29 (that a child’s education should help their mind, body and talents be the best they can) with great respect and thought. We live in an incredible city and have worked hard to make links with other schools and organisations that help provide a range of opportunities which we open to as many pupils as possible. Our Enrichment programmes promote independence and socialising skills, expose the pupils to aspects of life they might not otherwise come into contact with and help develop interests and abilities, providing valuable learning experiences outside the classroom.
To enhance the school curriculum and enrich the children’s learning experiences, we arrange trips to places of interest during each school term and link this with their topic. These trips include museums, outdoor learning centres, art galleries and places of worship. Additional to this we invite in visitors from the wider community to complete workshops and hold talks. These visitors range from parents talking through their heritage, professors and students from Goldsmiths University, local journalists completing journalism and understanding the media workshops, Bikeability training, role-models (such as doctors and nurses), safety awareness (including road safety and knife crime workshops for older children), healthy eating workshops and visits from those of other faiths. We also work in partnership wherever we can to bring areas of the curriculum to life and create an interfaith, intercultural and inter-generation rich experience for our pupils.
Additionally, we have built strong, long-lasting links that help support our more academically advanced pupils – particularly those who may wish to apply for scholarships to independent secondary schools. We are on our seventh year of working with Bromley High School (part of the Girls’ Day School Trust) on a project called ‘Shine’ which helps develop the opportunities and talents of children in years 5 and 6. We are also on our fourth year of working with Westminster School on their Platform programme for talented Year 5 pupils.
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