Enrichment is an important part of daily life at Edward Heneage.
As a David Ross Education Trust academy, we believe that enrichment can help to raise academic standards, enhance performance and teach life skills that will equip our pupils for an ever-changing world.
Primary enrichment 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.
Activities include visual and performing arts, including dance, drama and music. There is also a focus on art, sport, outward bound and developing life skills.
A Singing School Programme devised by the Voices Foundation
This year our academy has been lucky enough to be part of A Singing School Programme, devised by The Voices Foundation, thanks to the David Ross Education Trust.
Both organisations share a passionate belief that music should be central to school life, and that music acts as a significant agent for school improvement. Our aim is to develop all of our children musically and academically as well as socially, emotionally and behaviourally through singing. We are all very excited to be a part of this fabulous programme.
Through an extensive teacher development strand delivered by our trainer, Jenny Trattles from the Voices Foundation, the programme develops the skills and confidence of our staff to empower them to lead a high quality and effective singing-based music curriculum. Pupils and staff also receive weekly visits from Jenny in her role as our dedicated choral director. In this role, Jenny works directly with the all the children in KS2 to develop their singing and choral technique. Jenny also works directly with our Music lead to develop her skills and confidence to lead choirs and assemblies.
Singing is now being embedded throughout the curriculum, with classes singing at least 3 times a week from Foundation Stage up to Year 4. Additionally, all KS2 children sing as part of a group choir every week. Since January, we have also started our aspirational choir, where we hope to stretch and develop a selected group of children further. These children will represent our academy at musical events over the year, including the DRET Primary Music Festival in Hull. Our Year 3 and 4 choir have already performed at Grimsby Minster early in the academic year, where they impressed parents and other guests with their amazing performance of Gaudete. At the end of the 2017/2018 academic year, the whole academy performed to parents and invited guests on stage at Grimsby Central Hall.
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:
- A Big Sing led by Opera North
- 14 of our primary schools participated in the Shakespeare Schools Festival
- 6 of our primary schools worked with The Northern Ballet, this involved a trip to see a production and several workshops
- Several of our Northamptonshire schools developed partnerships with The Royal & Derngate Theatre and The Corby Cube
Our most recent opportunities include:
- A working partnership with Lincoln Castle, Gainsborough Old Hall and The Museum of Lincolnshire Life, offering half or full day trips
- Nevill Holt Farm: A working farm available to our schools for day trips or camping overnight
For further information about the enrichment opportunities that are on offer please contact:
Shane Ward & Alex Green
To contact us please call the head office:
01476 566 801