Beyond the classroom
Here at Windwhistle, we are proud to be able to offer so much more outside of the curriculum to all our children. High quality activities and experiences are a wonderful part of school life. They are an excellent way to grow good relationships between staff, pupils and parents.
We aim to make the most of educational visits linked to the curriculum, to help learning stay in children's long-term memory. Research shows that well-organised outdoor learning, offsite visits and Learning Outside the Classroom can have a powerful impact on young people’s learning and development, and achieve a wide range of outcomes – including improvements to academic achievement, personal development and behaviour.
All visits are planned well in advance and carefully risk assessed so that children can make the most of every opportunity.
Examples of visits are:
- SS Great Britain
- Weston-super-Mare museum
- Bristol Museum
- Colston Hall, Bristol
- Theatre, Weston-super-Mare
- Wild Place, Bristol
- Local farm
- Local park
- Local library
- Roman soldier visiting school
- Railway police visiting school
- Cinema (as a reward)
Year 6 Residential Trip
We take Year 6 children on a 4-night residential visit which strengthens pupils experience of the outside world as well as their social and emotional development. The experience provides rich opportunities to learn new knowledge and skills within a creative and adventurous framework.
Breakfast Clubs, After School Clubs, Holiday Clubs and much more!
XTND are here to work with you and your children throughout their time at Windwhistle.
- Set up in 2006, the charity raises money for breakfast, after school and holiday clubs, sporting activities, parent groups, course, one off adventures and much more for families to access.
- XTND raise money to buy equipment and resources for the school and clubs
- XTND can help find local groups to support you with worries about money, health, parenting, job skills etc.
- XTND work with the Headteacher , parent support advisor, local groups and organisations.
We have regular "special breakfast" days where we may offer pancakes, freshly prepared fruit salad, berry breakfast and so on. After the children have had breakfast there are board games, construction and art and crafts activities for the children to do, giving them a settled start to the school day.
After School Club
After School Club is run at the XTND rooms on the Bournville School site from 3:15pm until 5:45pm and costs £5 per day. Children have supervised play activities both indoors and outdoors. They also eat a healthy snack and play an important part in preparing this themselves. Booking forms are available from the Windwhistle School Office.
Different year groups take part in drumming workshops and music festivals with other local schools at a range of venues throughout the year. Additionally, one year group every year will have the opportunity to learn to play an instrument with their class over a whole term and perform to the rest of the school through the Wider Opportunities programme. Instrumental tuition classes are run in school by teachers from the peripatetic music teaching service. These classes are paid for in advance. We try to keep costs as low as possible to encourage children to take part.
Mini Police is an innovative police engagement programme, which is delivered in schools with the support of local Police Community Support Officers (PCSOs). The scheme provides a fun and interactive way to introduce children to a positive experience of policing and to get them involved in the local community. We take part in this each year with Year 5 pupils.
Holiday clubs are a perfect opportunity for children to make new friends and try new activities. They can offer a wide range of activities such as sports, outdoor and indoor games, arts, crafts and drama. The XTND Holiday Club is open to children aged 4 - 11 years old. They are usually open every holiday apart from Christmas. Booking forms are available from the Windwhistle school office.
Find out more about XTND by looking at their website and social media.
We have lots of different activities going on during the lunch time, such as sports with the coaches for KS1 and KS2. They run football, dodge ball and gymnastics. On the playground we have bats & balls, basketball, building blocks, tyres, giant chalks, the mobile library, a quiet area, climbing wall, climbing frames, skipping ropes and space hoppers. In the summer we also run a range of team building activities.
Alongside our exciting and engaging P.E curriculum, we also offer a range of extra-curricular sports clubs to provide opportunities for all children to take part in competitive sport. This accompanies children's learning in PE, creating positivity, to show that sport is enjoyable, healthy and something essential for life.
We are delighted to welcome Jimi, our sports coach, back to Windwhistle again this year. He will be with us 4 days a week, providing lunchtime and after-school clubs across a range of sports and to all ages. We are also delighted to have Mrs Davies and Mrs Harford to run Dance club, culminating in a public performance at The Playhouse.
We are very lucky that the green-fingered Mrs Saunders runs a spring and summer gardening club. The children enjoy planting in pots and our raised beds, watching their plants grow and harvesting crops. They also make and design additions to the garden and make the grounds look beautiful.