At The Wells Free School we will provide further enrichments as a timetabled part of the school day:
Modern Foreign Language Teaching from R to Y6
TWFS curriculum is distinctive in its commitment to enrich children’s learning through the addition of regular MFL sessions. Initially all the children are taking part in regular French lessons.
10% Facilitated Child-Led Learning
10% of the timetable is given to the children to lead their learning in the direction of their own choice. This is a time for children to develop their own interests and involves working individually or in small groups. What the children choose to work on will be up for them to decide, but could be along the lines of:
- taking part in local or national competitions - art, poetry, creative writing, dance, design;
- developing a database, for example of dinosaurs;
- raising money for charity;
- creating a tapestry, mural or sculpture;
- developing a recipe book;
- producing a detailed work of reference on World War II fighter planes;
- writing and rehearsing music, drama or dance;
- developing a computer programme;
- model making.
There is a high expectation of the children's outcomes in these sessions and children will present their work to the class on completion. Exceptional work will be presented in assembly.
Use of Outdoor Space
In line with much recent research, we believe in the importance of having an active indoor/outdoor policy, with regularly used outside areas. As the school develops and moves to our new buildings, we will be focussing on the development of outdoor spaces a outstanding learning environments, which enhance and extend the learning experiences of our pupils. A range of materials and resources are available in our outside areas which encourage pupils to explore their natural environment, develop appropriate risk taking strategies and begin to develop an understanding of stewardship.
Exciting and relevant school trips
Trips may take place at the start of a project, to provide the 'wow' factor, and to stimulate children’s interest and inquisitive, questioning skills. Equally, trips may occur at any phase throughout topics to enhance the learning at the time, or indeed at the culmination, to provide a satisfactory or eagerly anticipated conclusion.
Trips will be made manageable and affordable, wherever possible using our own community as a base from which to explore. We are extremely lucky that our locality means we can access a wide range of sites; from castles and museums, to the coast and London.
Community-led enrichment programme
We seek to work closely with our local community, and based as we are in the centre of Tunbridge Wells, we are perfectly placed to access a wide range of community facilities including the Library and The Common.
We actively encourage community involvement in enhancing our pupils’ learning. From volunteers to hear readers, people who wish to share specific skills and talents on Flexi Fridays and visiting speakers, to activities laid on in partnership with local companies, we encourage the community to get involved with our school and welcome all ideas. If you have a special talent, or an area of interest that you would like to share with us, please get in touch.
Alongside involving our community in enhancing pupils’ learning, we are committed to developing a programme of activities which enable pupils to give something back to their community – both locally and also the wider community. Pupils are engaged, through the House system, in a range of charitable activities which include fund raising, helping others and supporting local and national initiatives.
Whole School Productions
Whole-school and class productions will be held as a purposeful culmination to children's learning. These will be performed to parents, governors and community members.