Extra Curricular Opportunities
PE- Please note that during PE lessons, extra-curricular sports clubs or sporting competitions, we do not allow children to wear earrings nor cover them with plasters. Earrings must be removed for PE, in line with NYCC policy, which our school have adopted.
At Longman’s Hill School, we aim to encourage our children to try new experiences; develop new interests; discover unknown talents, acquire new skills and hone existing ones. We are always looking for new and exciting opportunities to encourage our pupils to try new things by participating in a range of extra-curricular activities, both in and out of school.
The Children’s university scheme aims to encourage participation in extra-curricular clubs and activities through a simple reward scheme. On joining the University, the children receive a paper ‘passport’. Whenever a child attends any validated clubs, either in school or in the local community, they receive a stamp/ signature in their passport. At the end of the year in the Summer term, the number of hours completed in extra-curricular clubs is added up and if they achieve a minimum of 30 hours they are invited to a graduation ceremony to receive a certificate in caps and gowns, just like a graduation ceremony at university!
Longman’s Hill Children’s University graduates:
We offer a range of before and after school and lunch clubs each term, free of charge, for pupils across school. Recently, clubs have included mindful colouring, gardening, lego, tennis, athletics, football, rugby, hockey, maths games, board games, cross country, samba band, Mad Science and multi skills sports.
Our STEM club, which we recently ran, encouraged KS2 children to learn more about the roles that science, technology, engineering and maths play in our community. The children have really enjoyed getting an “up-close” look at science, using the microscopes loaned to us by the Royal Microscopical Society.
Up until very recently, we also offered a Japanese club which was run by one of our governors who speaks Japanese. We were delighted to offer such a fantastic opportunity to some of our pupils and we were the first primary school in North Yorkshire to offer such a club. This was been made possible by the receipt of some funding which came in the form of a grant from the Japan Foundation. We used the funding to pay for resources in order to teach the children about the Japanese culture and language in a fun, exciting and creative way. All of the children who participated in the first round of the club were extremely keen to come each week and parents often contacted the school to ask where they could get further resources or Japanese lessons for their children. This was fantastic! We have also linked up with a school in Japan and currently our children in Y3 and Y4 communicate via letter.
Last year we also ran a basic Spanish club for KS2 children.
Our Young Citizens Club also proved very popular. The members worked with North Yorkshire County Council on a project to develop the area surrounding the local canal as a way to encourage people to get walking and get fit (Pathways to Health project).
We also have a talented school choir who enjoy public performances throughout the year. We usually sing at both local Christmas light switch on events in December as well as singing in local supermarkets, raising money for charity. In 2019, our newly formed choir participated in Young Voices at the Sheffield arena for the first time. It was such an incredible experience for everyone who took part; our hard work learning the very many lyrics and dance moves came to fruition during an amazing performance. There were over 5000 children participating, which included our own choir members. What a night to remember!
Visits and Visitors
We deliver the National Curriculum through creative, termly themes. Where possible, we try to bring the children’s learning to life through visits or inviting visitors into school.
Recent visits have included trips to a mosque in Leeds, a Hindu temple in Bradford, The Deep in Hull, Sheffield University for a science event, The Thackray Museum and a Buddhist meditation centre as well as a trip to Tesco (yes! Tesco!) to find out about farm to fork and where our food really comes from. We have also travelled back in time to meet a real Ancient Egyptian king! We have also welcomed an Imam into school and all of the children participated in a series of workshops to learn about the faith of Islam. Additionally, in recent years we have organised whole school trips (to places such as The Arboretum near Castle Howard and The Yorkshire Sculpture Park) where we have enjoyed learning outdoors and developing our collaborative skills, working as part of an entire school community.
We have also organised themed days which link to our school values. for example, with a focus on ‘Ambition’, children from EY to Y6 participated in a careers day where they had opportunities to meet people from a range of professions and have a go at their jobs including firefighters, plumber, joiner, costume designer, chef, nurse and an IT consultant who got everyone designing and making their own working robots!
We firmly believe that every child should have the opportunity to experience the thrill and excitement that participating in a residential trip can offer. Often when adults are asked to remember a happy time, or a particular memorable moment from their own school days, they will talk about a school trip or a residential. We want our children to create similar happy memories which last a lifetime.
It is for this reason that we offer THREE residential trips to our children whilst in KS2.
In Y4 children go to York for 2 nights. In Y5 they travel to Robinwood outdoor activity centre and in Y6 the outdoor learning adventures of East Barnby await them! Take a look below at some of our ‘wow’ moments from these trips.