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St Gabriel’s Roman Catholic Primary School

Learning for Life

At St Gabriel’s RC Primary School, we ensure that all pupils are exposed to a broad and balanced curriculum. We follow the statutory National Curriculum through the delivery of enquiry based topics. The topics are designed to engage and inspire the pupils and encourage cross curricular learning.

In addition to this we aim to develop the ‘whole child’. We firmly believe that the teaching of life skills is a fundamental part of education and is an essential part of preparing our pupils for the future. We offer pupils a chance to develop these skills through ‘Learning for Life’ workshops.  These enrichment sessions take part every Wednesday afternoon.  Pupils sign up for a workshop that will run for a half term. The courses are delivered by teachers, support staff and outside providers.

The school is always looking to expand the range of courses offered and we endeavour to provide a wide range of activities.

Some examples of groups are:

  • Engineering: planning and constructing models with a range of media.

  • Horticulture: creating a prayer garden in school grounds.

  • Art: sketch skills for display around school.

  • Sewing: creating projects to take home (pillows).

  • Cooking: a range of culinary skills used weekly.

  • Film club: creating a film for the website.

  • Keep Fit: a range of sporting activities.

  • Reflection: behaviour from the week is reflected upon and how their actions can be improved.

The foci of groups will change as the children choose different groups.

 

These are some of the groups we have ran in the past:

Course

Key life skills

What’s it all about?

Cycling

  • Personal Safety
  • Communication
  • Self­discipline
  • Social skills

This cycling course includes:

Safe manoeuvring.

Basic cycle maintenance. Cycling safely on cycle

The highway code

Stamina

Drama

  • Teamwork
  • Self­motivation
  • Self­esteem
  • Character
  • Contribution to the group
  • Leadership
  • Cooperation
  • Communication
  • Empathy

This course teaches children how to perform:

  • Songs
  • Dance
  • Poetry

 

Dodgeball

  • Teamwork
  • Self­motivation
  • Contribution to the group
  • Self­esteem
  • Healthy Lifestyle choices

Introduces children to the popular US game of Dodgeball.

Forest School

  • Teamwork
  • Personal Safety
  • Use of Resources
  • Self­discipline
  • Co­operation
  • Problem Solving
  • Decision Making
  • Communication

This Forest Skills type course teaches children to:

 

Solve team challenges

Build shelters & work as a team, taking leadership roles.

Safely build fires & cook on camp stoves.

Grow and cook food.

Fasten natural materials together with a variety of knots.

Sewing

  • Self­discipline
  • Self­motivation
  • Problem Solving
  • Creative thinking
  • Using resources
  • Planning & organising

This course teaches children:

A variety of stitches.

Planning and completing projects.

Selecting & combining materials

Accurate measuring

 

Dance

  • Teamwork
  • Self­motivation
  • Contribution to the group
  • Self­esteem
  • Healthy Lifestyle choices

This course will teach the children:

A range of dance steps The ability to plan a

routine

Performance skills

Improve fitness through the medium of dance

Create a diverse system of learning different styles of street dance

 

Watercolour Painting

  • Self­esteem
  • Self­discipline
  • Problem Solving
  • Planning &
  • Organisation
  • Using Resources.
  • Creative thinking

This course teaches children:

Colour Mixing.

Brush technique. Composition.

Perspective.

Light & shadow

 

Young Engineer

  • Self­disciplin
  • Co­operation
  • Problem Solving
  • Decision Making
  • Communication
  • Teamwork
  • leadership

The exciting course encourages pupils to:

Design and makes

Solve problems

Origami

  • Self­esteem
  • Self­discipline
  • Problem Solving
  • Planning & Organisation
  • Using Resources.
  • Creative thinking

This course teaches children:

The Japanese art of folding paper to create shapes and structures.

 

Fashion design

  • Self­esteem
  • Self­discipline
  • Problem Solving
  • Planning & Organisation
  • Using Resources
  • Creative thinking

In this course pupils will design and make their own fashion item! They will develop skills such as designing, measuring, cutting, fixing and evaluation.

 

 

Drama

  • Self esteem
  • Managing feelings Character
  • Communication
  • Teamwork

This course helps pupils to

Develop confidence Learn a range of  techniques

Learn the art of performance

Sculpture

  • Self­esteem
  • Self­discipline
  • Problem Solving
  • Planning & Organisation
  • Using Resources.
  • Creative thinking

This course will enable pupils to appreciate sculpture as an art form

Pupils will:

Look at famous sculptures

Make their own sculpture

 

Gardening

  • Teamwork
  • Motivation
  • Marketable skills
  • Community service
  • Goal setting
  • Nurturing relationships

The aims of the club are:

for the children to enjoy lots of hands­on experience of growing. We’re trying fruit, vegetables and flowers.

to make the garden as eco­friendly as possible, reducing, recycling and reusing as much as we can, and trying to encourage lots of wildlife into the garden

Sign Language

  • communication
  • self­motivation
  • social skills
  • accepting differences

This course will give pupils an introduction to communicating using simple signing.

Cheerleading

  • Teamwork
  • Self­motivation
  • Contribution to the group
  • Self­esteem
  • Healthy Lifestyle choices

Learn cheerleading moves and put together a team routine.

Typing / Computing

  • Marketable skills
  • Self­motivation

 

This course will:

Develop your ability to type at speed with accuracy and confidence.

Zumba

  • Teamwork
  • Self­motivation
  • Contribution to the group
  • Self­esteem
  • Healthy Lifestyle choices

This course will get your heart rate going!

Come along and learn Zumba moves to funky music.

Student Newspaper

  • Contribution to group
  • Co­operation
  • Problem Solving
  • Decision Making
  • Communication
  • Teamwork
  • leadership

Pupils will turn reporters in generating articles for the student newspaper. They will write and edit their own reports to publish weekly.

 

Cooking

  • Decision making
  • Wide use of resources
  • Planning and organisation
  • Self­motivation

Progress through a set of lessons to enable you to cook

 

 

Singing

  • Teamwork
  • Healthy lifestyles
  • Communication
  • Self esteem
  • Self­discipline
  • Managing feelings

Develop your singing technique, practice different vocal warm ups and learn a range of songs.

 

 

Drawing

  • Learning to learn
  • Decision making
  • self esteem
  • wide range of resources

Pupils will learn how to

Use pencils to create shade and tone

Create observational drawings of real objects

Bollywood Dancing

  • Self esteem
  • Healthy living
  • Accepting differences
  • Contribution to the group

Be enchanted by the graceful movements of this upbeat modern Indian dance.

 

Chess

  • Self­discipline
  • Co­operation
  • Problem Solving
  • Decision Making
  • Communication
  • Teamwork

Can you out smart your opponent in this game of skill and strategy?

The winner of Chess is always one step ahead. Could this be you?

Outdoor Life Skills

Nurture By Nature

  • Self awareness
  • Self regulation
  • Empathy
  • Knowledge of the world
  • Social skills

Outdoor Life Skills is based on Forest School. It is allows children opportunities to learn through hands-on experiences in a woodland or natural environment. The children will be focusing on creating different arts through natural material and observing the nature around them.

 

Yoga

  • Fitness
  • Well-being
  • Co-ordination

Train your mind, body and breath.  It increases strength, flexibility and co-ordination.

Rock/Pop Choir

  • Confidence
  • singing techniques
  • British Values/history
  • Listen to a range of high quality music

Learn to sing well known songs that are age appropriate and discuss the history of British music

Ukulele

  • Intrumental tuition 
  • play and perform in ensembles with confidence

Learn to play a musical instrument and learn simple songs that are popular today. 

Sports

We believe children should be fit, active and enjoy competition in sport. Children get lots of great physical education through the curriculum (including swimming for year 4 and after school swimming squad) but also have opportunities to take part in events with other schools. Throughout the year we provide a range of afterschool sports clubs for different year groups.

 

Eco­School

We continue our journey as an Eco­ School. Each class has elected representatives to be on our eco­council. The eco­council will be working hard to ensure that we are taking the best possible care of our school environment.

 

Performing

All children get to take part in a performance during the school year. This may be a class assembly. Foundation stage and KS1 present a Christmas Nativity to parents and Key Stage 2 perform an end of year production.  Year 6 always amaze us with an end of year production.

 

Choir

St Gabriel’s has its own school choir which is run by the Music teacher.

 

Trips, Visits and Visitors

We take up as many opportunities as we can to get children learning in interesting places and to get interesting people to come and help us learn in school.

 

School Council

 

Every year pupils from each year group are chosen to represent their class. We aim to give pupils a voice by encouraging them to bring forward their ideas.

 

School Food Team

 

Pupil representatives work hard to ensure that lunchtime is an enjoyable experience for all pupils. They ensure that we meet the School Food Standards, Test news foods introduced and find out what the other pupils think of our meals!

 

Healthy School and Fairtrade

 

We hold a healthy school awards and work hard during the school year to promote healthy lifestyles.

 

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