We know our children have many different talents and interests. We have developed a wide range of extra opportunities children can access, to develop these talents and interests further. We regularly encourage children to enter competitions, particularly if they show an interest or talent in writing, mathematics or art. We continue to monitor the range of opportunities we provide, and aim to ensure children with strong interests are supported in their love of learning.
Here are some of the additional opportunities we provide for children:
Social Development - Many children are very caring and enjoy supporting others. Children can apply for 'positions' as Lunchtime Buddies, Helpful Heroes or Peer Mediators. These all involve helping other children through break times and lunchtimes. We also have a Student Council for children who like to help on a bigger scale!
Sports - We have a strong Football programme, with children regularly participating in competitions. This is supported by a Saturday morning Football Academy. The children also take part in a wide range of sports and physical activities through out the year, including competitions/performances in the areas of cricket, rubgy, street dance and basketball.
Music - All children in school learn to play un-tuned and tuned percussion instruments. In Y3 and Y4 all children have the opportunity to learn to play steel drums. For those who show a strong interest/talent, there is the opportunity to become part of the school band. For other talented children, we run small group tuition in guitars, keyboards, drumming & singing.
Computing - Children who enjoy learning through computers have the opportunity to apply and become a member of the S.C.S.A. (Shenton Computing Support Agency) to further develop skills in this area.
Art - We work with an 'artist in residence' who brings specialist techniques and projects for the children to develop. This enhances the children's experiences in this area.
Environment - The school offers children with a keen interest in this area, a specialist club which runs after school. This adds to the learning that takes place in usual school lessons but allows children more time to experience the natural world through the whole year. Activities include growing vegetables & gardening, minbeast hunts, taking part in surveys e.g. birdwatch for the RSPB, amongst others.
Shenton Awards - At the end of each academic year, the school aims to celebrate and highlight some of the children's most amazing successes.