Work-related learning, community participation and personal, social and emotional development
What is Enrichment?
At Thornhill we believe that learning is so much more than attainment and grades on a page but a myriad of attitudes, emotions, beliefs and skills. Learning new skills benefits children in the long term. It not only helps them develop confidence and social skills from a young age, but enrichment programs are actually considered critical because the brain is developing so rapidly at this age. Research shows that learning art, music and other enrichment skills can help children excel in many ways.
The best learning incorporates physical learning – this involves handling, observing, thinking and actually doing, learning how to learn and having the opportunity to explore new ways to learn.
Our Enrichment Programme will seek to focus on work-related learning, community participation and personal, social, emotional development. Enrichment activities and experiences will have clear outcomes linked to Foundation subject objectives within the 2014 National Curriculum. To achieve this we believe it is essential to develop school links with different organisations to give our pupils a head start.
How will the Enrichment Programme work?
We aim to achieve a broad and balanced curriculum linked to real life experiences through a Thornhill Enrichment Programme. The purpose of the programme is to promote the life-skills needed for everyday life, develop “soft skills” that, in the long term, employers and universities look for, whilst also giving pupils the opportunity to find out more about their interests and passions.
The Enrichment Programme will create opportunities for our pupils to develop a wide range of essential skills by widening and opening up the curriculum.
In order for the programme to be accessible to all pupils, we have decided to make an adjustment to the school timetable creating a space that will be ring-fenced for enrichment. Therefore, we are proposing that every Friday afternoon will be known as Enrichment Friday from Friday 5th January 2018.
Children will be grouped within their year group and allocated to an activity within the school or at an external venue (park, community home, secondary school/university, business, activity centre, etc.)