Woodloes makes a song and dance about learning
OUT-OF-SCHOOL activities have never been so much fun for youngsters attending Woodloes Primary, which is the first school in Warwickshire to collaborate with a national organisation called the Children’s University.
Playing steel drums, judo, dancing and even sword-fencing are all part of an extensive after-hours curriculum being developed.
Julie Wilkes, who works at the school, said: “It’s been found that children who are more physically active also perform better academically.
“For the small payment of £2 each child is provided with an e-passport on which they can build up a record of their extra achievements online. They love doing this and seeing their hours mount up.
“Once they reach the highest level they will be invited to Warwick University to take part in a graduation ceremony.”
Sword-fencing is not due to start until January but the music lessons are going down a storm. At least one non-physical activity has also been introduced - French.
In Year 2, Michaela, aged six, commented: “I like steel pans because I like playing instruments and they are a bit like drums.”
Woodloes will be the flagship school for the project which aims to not only boost achievement and foster a love of learning but also raise aspirations.
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