We offer a breadth of opportunities beyond the classroom.
These not only enhance our pupils’ academic learning, but to inspire them to explore new interests and uncover hidden talents, learn new skills and develop their individual character; all the while socialising with their peers and making a lifetime of memories.
Educational visits, visitors to school and extracurricular activities further enhance the curriculum.
Ofsted, June 2019
The below should hopefully give you a flavour of our enrichment offer which is constantly evolving:
School trips and visits to places of educational interest provide rich and memorable experiences for pupils whilst supporting their learning in the classroom. These include local park and library visits, trips to museums and art galleries, West End theatre and other historical sites. Some examples include:
• Natural History Museum
• Gunnersbury Triangle Nature Reserve
• Gunnersbury Park Museum
• Windsor Castle
• Kew Gardens
• Science Museum
• Tate Britain
• The Floating Classroom
• Kentish Town Farm
• Odds Farm
• The beach
• Local library
We try and offer a variety of clubs to capture the interest of a wide range of children. Many clubs are run by our own staff, but we also work with a range of external providers to ensure a high quality offer for our pupils. Clubs include:
• Multi Sports
• Ten-Pin Bowling
• New-Age Kurling
• Tri-Golf, Athletics
• Choir and Musical Theatre
• iRock School of Music
• The Brit Youth Theatre
• Bridge Maths Enrichment Programme
Music and Drama
Opportunities abound for our musicians and actors who perform regularly in school productions, concerts, solo and ensemble performances at school and within the local community.
Whether it is the guitar in a rock band lesson, a leading role in the school production or singing at our annual Carol Concert, there really is something for every pupil, whatever their level and whatever their age, as Music and Drama is fully embedded into life at Derwentwater Primary School.
We are also very privileged to have over very own specialist Music teacher at the school.
We aim to give all pupils the competence and confidence to participate in physical activity and sport to have fun, keep fit, compete and be part of a team. Whether a complete beginner or a budding athlete, our specialist PE teachers cater to all skill levels and want our students to take part and achieve the best they can.
Pupils have two PE lessons per week, and in Year 4, all pupils have weekly swimming lessons. Outside lessons, pupils can participate in a number of sporting clubs and activities (see above); and can represent their school in a variety of sports competitions at a local and national level.
We ensure that success and endeavour are celebrated and recognised, whether it is on an individual or team basis. We also arrange school trips to view sports matches where possible - recent visits have included international netball and hockey matches.
Projects and Workshops
Pupils participate in a number of projects and workshops, both in and outside of school, such as:
• Florence Nightingale Workshop
• Great Fire of London Workshop
• Stone Age Workshop
• Toy Workshop
• Primary Shakespeare Project
• Maths Week
• Science Week
• Fiver Challenge
We also welcome visitors to the school, including the local police, local religious leaders, local secondary school leaders as well as our parents who enlighten our children about the world of careers.
We make every effort to celebrate each other’s successes and achievements, exciting learning days, cultures and beliefs within our diverse school community.
• Themed assemblies
• Winter Fair
• Summer Fair
• Years 1-6 Sports Day at Twyford Sports Ground
• Reception Sports Day at school
• PTA events such as Winter Wonderland and Quiz Night
• Singing and awards at St Mary’s Church
• Charity Days
• International Week
• Book Week
• World Book Day
• Red Nose Day
• Easter Bonnet Parade
• Eid and Diwali
• Christmas Jumper Day
The school promotes pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development, and effectively prepares pupils for life in modern Britain. Leaders welcome new pupils from different minority ethnic backgrounds and encourage them to share their experiences with other pupils. Staff lead assemblies on themes based around major religious festivals, such as Diwali and Christmas. This extends pupils’ spiritual and cultural understanding.
Ofsted, June 2019