Enrichment opportunities at Marnel
At Marnel, in order to support our children’s learning, a variety of trips are organised for each year group. The trips are planned to provide first hand experiences and link to the projects being taught. As well as trips that involve coach travel, we also make the most of our local community, for example by visiting the local woods and churches, to further enhance children’s learning.
Sometimes a trip is not the best way to support our children’s learning and instead a visitor is invited to school. For example, a chocolatier visited Y3 and a planetarium came in for Y5. Staff from the Anvil visited Year 4 to judge the children’s theatres they had made.
In addition to the project trips and visitors, other enrichment opportunities are available to the children. Year 6 children go for a week’s residential to Osmington Bay in the autumn term which provides an excellent opportunity for children and teaching staff to get to know each other. In the summer term, the Year 6 children attend Winchester University to gain an insight into university life and to ‘graduate’ from junior school. Parents are invited to enjoy this occasion with their child. Children in Year 5 take part in the Bikeability programme, which teaches the children how to be ‘bike safe.’ They are taught how to look after a bike and, if they are ready, learn how to ride safely on the road. Children without bikes are able to borrow one from Bikeability. In the summer term, children in Year 3 have 10 swimming lessons at the Aquadrome as part of their PE curriculum. The lessons are taken by trained swimming teachers and are aimed to develop children’s water confidence and swimming skills.
Some of the enrichment opportunities do carry a cost, which we try to keep to a minimum. When this is the case, as much notice as possible is given to parents to enable payment. Paying in instalments and online are optional ways to pay for trips. At Marnel we want everyone to be able to experience the enrichments on offer. If payment is difficult, please arrange an appointment with Mrs Peopall or Mrs Wilkins to discuss.