Enrichment is central to the way in which we learn at Greenfields.
As a David Ross Education Trust academy we believe that enrichment can help to raise academic standards, enhance performance and teach intra-and intapersonal life skills that will equip our pupils for an ever-changing world. By ‘broadening horizons’ for our children and families, we are able to offer everyone a unique chance to take part in experiences and events that challenge, engage and expand our knowledge of the world and the possibilities beyond school.
Our primary enrichment programme runs from the first term in Nursery, right up until our Year 6 children leave us. It gives students the chance to participate in activities that supplement learning and enable them to broaden their skills and experiences, identify talent and enhance it.
Enrichment happens at Greenfields Primary School and Nursery every day, within the rich learning environment, and as part of regular off-site trips, visits, invited guest speakers, residential experiences and more specialized experiences such as acting on stage, singing with opera stars or training with Olympic athletes.
We have a large hall, library and ICT suite, which are timetabled to enhance learning opportunities. We are fortunate enough to be set in spacious grounds with two playground areas and a large playing field. We believe that the outside environment is as important as the classrooms themselves to help children learn, and we constantly strive to ensure that the physical environment is as challenging, safe and stimulating as possible.
Greenfields Primary School and Nursery is proud to be a ‘Singing School’. Our music curriculum is enhanced by our choral and musicianship studies with the Voices Foundation: every class has a choir, and the Greenfields School Choir regularly performs at school events, in and around the Kettering community and as far afield as central London. In addition to this, we work with our colleagues in NMPAT (Northamptonshire Music and Performing Arts Trust) to offer a range of musical activities within the curriculum, including ensuring that every child learns an instrument in Year 5. We currently have music teachers from the County come into school on a weekly basis to teach drumming, guitar, piano and violin to individuals at a small cost.
Music classes are always fun and instructive: they help the children to develop their musical ideas through composing and learning to appreciate a range of forms of music through choir, instrumental or percussion.
What sort of skills does enrichment teach?
- Determination to succeed
- Winning and losing with grace
- Respect for others
- Confidence in yourself
- A sense of fun and enjoyment
- Focus and attitude
- Health benefits
Academies across the Trust are encouraged to work collaboratively to make the most of the opportunities on offer.
Highlights from last year include:
- Performance of ‘Romeo and Juliet’ with Shakespeare Schools Festival
- A week of outdoor adventure in the Lake District with the Outward Bound Trust
- Reception class learning to ice-skate on a real ice-rink
- Horse Riding with the Emile Faure Foundation and the British Horse Society
- Singing at the Voices Foundation 25th Anniversary at St John Smith Church, Westminster
Our most recent opportunities include:
- Nevill Holt Farm, Market Harborough: A working farm available to all DRET schools for day trips or camping overnight. Greenfields’ Year 2 children especially look forward to camping overnight in the Summer!
For further information about the enrichment opportunities that are on offer please contact:
Mr Shane Ward & Mr Alex Green
Mr Jamie Healy
To contact us please call head office:
01476 566 801