We offer a range of different enrichment activities and events in order to ensure we are equipping our children with the knowledge and cultural capital to succeed in life. In addition, enrichment activities and events are in place to further develop the provision of spiritual, moral, social and cultural education as well as the promotion of British Values and the understanding of protected characteristics.
Cultural Capital = "The essential knowledge that pupils need to be educated citizens, introducing them to the best that has been thought and said and helping to engender an appreciation of human creativity and achievement."
2020-2021 Enrichment Opportunities
Author & Illustrator Jamie Littler
Our Year 4 children received a virtual visit from Jamie Littler, a professional author and illustrator, on Friday 27th November. The children were thoroughly inspired by his visit and enjoyed the activities he provided them with. They were especially proud of the illustrations they produced.
Blue Cross Pets & Wellbeing Workshops
From EYFS to Year 6, Blue Cross virtually delivered workshops raising awareness of the needs of pets and how this mirrors the needs we have as humans. During the workshops, children took part in a workout highlighting the importance of exercise as an important contribution to wellbeing for both pets and humans. Children also learnt about how to be safe around pets and approach them cautiously.
Virtual Bedtime Stories Event
This year our annual bedtime stories event became virtual due to COVID-19. Teachers and children put on their pyjamas and onesies and logged into Zoom. Across the event children were able to listen to 3 stories chosen from a variety which were on offer to them. Many many families joined the event and there was a real online buzz throughout the event. We were so pleased to be able to continue this much loved event despite the pandemic. Check out our gallery from the event below!
Oral Health Assembly
Elf Day in aid of Alzheimer's Society
Our School Council decided they wanted to support the Alzheimer's Society as our chosen charity this month. In order to raise money for the Alzheimer's Society, we took part in the "Dress as an Elf Day".
Children were spoken to about what Alzheimers is
and discussed the importance of supporting charities
to help vulnerable people.
Author AM Howell Virtual Visit
Years 5 and 6 had a virtual visit from the inspiring author, AM Howell who writes historical mystery novels. She spoke to the children all about life as an author, her inspiration for her writing, and how the settings in her books are based in East Anglia. The children were then given an opportunity to ask her questions. Having been inspired by this author, children were then able to buy her books. The children loved engaging in this experience as they continue to develop their love of reading and writing.
EYFS, KS1 and LKS2 all had a visit from Carlton Marshes who ran various age-appropriate activities in our very own woods. These activities included: bug identification, tree identification, habitat exploring, scavenger hunts and lots more. The children thoroughly enjoyed these interactive, hands-on lessons as they learnt about the science around us.
Christmas Church Service
Despite the restrictions of 2020, we were able to hold our annual Christmas Church Service online this year where we welcomed Rev Sarah Quantrill and Lay Pastor and Children's Worker Angela Colbridge, from St Peter's Church. The children listened to the Christmas story taken from the Bible and shared their own prayers with the school across our online platform.
Despite the National Lockdown, we have continued to provide opportunities for our children to engage in enrichment activities and events to further develop the provision of spiritual, moral, social and cultural education. We have done this through our online platforms which parents have been able to access from home.
Virtual Water Aid Assembly
In January, we welcomed Deirdre, from the charity Water Aid, to raise our awareness of places in the world that do not have access to clean running water like we do. We learnt about the work that Water Aid does in facilitating these places to access clean water, decent toilets and good hygiene. We learnt about rainwater harvesting, pumping from wells and tippy taps.
Becoming a Paramedic Assembly
Rhianna, a paramedic from The East of England Ambulance Services, virtually visited our school and talked to us about her career into becoming a paramedic. She explained some of the challenges of being a paramedic but mostly described her love of the job and why she finds it so rewarding. Rhianna talked about the subjects she needed to do well in at school and how she then trained further at University to become qualified. The children were really inspired by her visit and asked lots of questions about the life of a paramedic.
Grace, the Piano Lady Virtual Visit (EYFS)
On February 2nd, EYFS had a virtual visit from Grace the Piano Lady!
Grace taught us how to read musical notes and we made our own rhythms up for animals using wooden sticks, wooden spoons and clapping.
We sang the book 'Dear Zoo' and also played 'Guess that tune' - Grace played us a nursery rhyme or song we knew and we had to guess what it was.
We were all very good at using our musical listening ears.
We also learnt the secret as to why we never see a unicorn anymore! All the children and adults had a great time.
We are looking forward to welcoming Grace back to other key stages later this term hopefully!
Norwich City Community Sports Foundation - Positive Relationships
As part of Children's Mental Health Week, we were very excited to welcome Jake and Billy from the Norwich City, Community Sports Foundation to share a special message with us. They talked to us about the importance of positive relationships in our lives, as well as helped us to think about ways to resolve conflict. There were lots of opportunities for the children to engage with their questions too!
"What's On the Beach?" Assembly by a Fisheries Scientist
Linford, a Fisheries Scientist from CEFAS, virtually visited us to talk to us about all the different animals and microorganisms we can find on our local beaches. We were mesmerized by the interesting facts he knew and shared with us! We learnt SO much! He even left us with an exciting scavenger hunt to complete.
James Campbell Author Visit
We had the wonderfully funny author and comedian, James Campbell, join us for a virtual author visit. He told us funny stories, made us laugh and inspired us to pick up a pen and become writers. The children were hooked from the moment he said hello and confidently engaged with him, talking about their own experiences of writing and asking for his advice!
100 challenge in memory of Captain Sir Tom Moore
In Captain Sir Tom Moore's memory, children at Grove and Westwood Primary school took part in their very own 100 challenge between 8th - 12th February. We had so many creative entries including: 100 bounces on a trampoline; making 100 snowballs in the garden; catching 100 balls; writing a 100 word poem; reading for 100 minutes and many, many more. Take a look at the slide show below to see just some of our many entries!
This half term we have had some virtual Mystery Readers appear on our Google Classrooms and on our Facebook Pages. These have included visits from a pupil's nanny, who has taught us to sign "Old Mc Donald had a Farm," as well as from teacher's who are on maternity leave visiting their old classes. Year 6 loved their visit from Miss Thacker with her new addition!
Inviting Mystery Reader's to our school is a way we continue to develop our love of reading from EYFS to Year 6!
World Book Day
What a fabulous World Book Day event we had both in school and at home this year. As usual, there were some incredible costumes from both the children and the staff! The day included lots of exciting activities including a 'Cat in the Hat' themed day for the KS1 key worker bubble, Year Two Home Learners found lots of cosy places to read in their homes and created a delicious 'James and the Giant Peach Crumble'! Year 4 Home Learners painted some fantastic 'Reading Rocks' of their favourite book covers and characters. Don't forget to redeem your free book using your World Book Day token at the supermarket now or your local bookshop when they reopen next month.
Year 3/4 Police Community Engagement Officers online visit
Year 3 and 4 had a special online visit from the Suffolk Police Community Engagement Officers. The children have been learning about the history of the police force and this helped them learn about what the police do to help us now.
Comic Relief Red Nose Day
Today, we all wore red in order to raise money and awareness for Comic Relief. The children took part in class talent shows...WOW...our pupils have a LOT of talent! The children performed in a variety of ways, including: telling jokes, playing instruments, doing impressions, dancing, balloon animals and drawing...the list goes on. The children voted for their winner in each class and they received a small prize. Fantastic effort Grove!