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Margaret Wix Primary School

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Enrichment

Curriculum Enrichment at Margaret Wix

A primary focus of our curriculum is to raise aspirations, engender a sense of personal pride in achievement, extend the range of children’s experiences (cultural capital) and provide a purpose and relevance for learning. This is done by enriching our curriculum with a variety of off-site visits, workshops, residential trips, themed days and weeks, visitors, clubs and practical experiences. Children have the opportunity to apply and enhance what they have learned in the classroom through meaningful and memorable contexts.

Fostering the enjoyment of reading and encouraging pupils to read widely is of the highest importance. At Margaret Wix, we have a vast library that includes a tremendous variety of both fiction and non-fiction for readers at every stage of their learning journey. Weekly, our library opens early and parents and caters are encouraged to join their child in listening to a story read by a member of staff before sharing books together. To further inspire our pupils and help them to develop a love of reading, we invite authors into school to run workshops with pupils in every year group.

As well as their weekly music lessons that are taught by a subject specialist, children have opportunities to learn to play a variety of musical instruments at Margaret Wix. Additional lessons are provided by peripatetic teachers from Hertfordshire Music Service. Our school has its own band and choir, providing the children with a variety of opportunities to perform alongside their peers. They share their talents with the rest of the school in our weekly music assemblies and with our wider community during termly music concerts.

Forest Schools is a Scandinavian initiative designed to encourage and inspire individuals of any age through an innovative, long term, educational approach to outdoor play and learning in a woodland environment.  As a school, we are very fortunate to have extensive grounds and our own woodland area in which EYFS and KS1 pupils have regular lessons. Further up the school, opportunities are built into the curriculum for children to continue learning beyond the classroom including undertaking fieldwork and enquiry based-work in the local area.

Teachers at Margaret Wix offer a wide variety of free lunchtime and after school clubs, including football, netball, dodgeball, multi sport, gardening, Lego, art, photography, board games and philosophy. As well as this, children have the opportunity to attend paid for drama and coding clubs.

At Margaret Wix, we promote and encourage pupils’ active citizenship and positive contribution to the school and wider community. We offer lots of opportunities for pupils to take on responsibilities and be involved in successfully supporting the life and work of the school. These include elected representatives on our pupil parliament and charity committee. Year six pupils can also apply for the position of house captain. Pupils who are elected to these roles have a range of responsibilities including fundraising for our school, organising harvest and food bank donations, leading tours of the school for prospective parents, greeting visitors such as local MPs, litter picking and developing other eco initiatives, supporting younger pupils at playtimes and more. Pupils tell us that they enjoy the opportunity to volunteer to help make their school an even better place to be and rising to the challenge that additional responsibilities bring. Further information can be found on our pupil leadership page.

Recently, we have developed links with a local independent school, Haberdashers’ Boys’ School. Our pupils have been invited on day trips to the school to make use of their science labs, swimming pool, rock climbing walls and gymnasium. Pupils and staff from their school have visited Margaret Wix to run challenging English and maths workshops for year six pupils.

 

 

School trips, visits, workshops and experiences by year group:

Whole school

Pupil Parliament, Charity Committee, Christmas pantomime, quidditch, Aspirations Day, maths week, science week, book week, art week, international day, visits from religious leaders, link with Haberdashers, various charitable events headed up by the charity committee, visit to The Houses of Parliament for the School Parliament, Sports Day, Christmas Lunch and Christmas jumper day, two whole school music concerts, variety of House events, early morning library sessions, whole school walk to school events, French Cafe, Headteacher for the Day!

EYFS

Nativity performance, teddy bears’ picnic, visits from people who help us (e.g dentist, nurse, police and fire brigade), animal visits including a horse and pets, local walk to a postbox, St Albans Cathedral visit, St Albans library visit, Farm visit, Pirate workshop.

Year 1Animal workshop, Hertford Museum, local woodland walk, St Albans Abbey, Verulamium Museum, Whipsnade Zoo, fieldwork in the local area.
Year 2Animal workshop, Hertford Museum, local woodland walk, St Albans Abbey, Verulamium Museum, Whipsnade Zoo.
Year 3/4Anglo-Saxon workshop, Paradise Wildlife Park, Ukulele lessons, St Albans Cathedral, Metro Bank workshops, KPMG visiting speakers, Capel Manor Zoo and Gardens, Hertford Castle, Legoland.
Year 5Camping, Science Museum, Natural History Museum Tring, WWII workshop, retune workshop, Metro Bank workshops, KPMG visiting speakers, mosque visit.
Year 6Crucial Crew, Science Museum, Natural History Museum Tring, WWII workshop, mosque visit, Year 6 choir singing in St Albans town centre, enterprise, end of year production, Herts Catering cookery classes, residential trip, Watford Football Club wellbeing sessions, Metro Bank workshops, KPMG visiting speakers, cycling proficiency.

 

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