School trips and visits are an integral part of the education of children at Olton Primary School. We value the opportunities such visits offer our pupils and the commitment of staff and adults undertaking them. Trips include class visits aimed at bringing learning alive and providing first-hand experience; extra-curricular outings such as sporting events; and attending or taking part in performances or competitions.
Children in Years 4 and 6 take part in residential visits. These are planned to provide new and exciting experiences in outdoor adventure and sport.
N.B. During the academic year 2021-2022, Year 5 will also have the opportunity to attend a residential visit as they had missed out on this opportunity due to school closure and Covid-19 restrictions during the previous academic year.
Volunteering is an activity that everyone can get involved in and benefit from. We promote and encourage pupils’ active citizenship and positive contribution to the school and wider community. We offer lots of opportunities for pupils to take on new responsibilities and be involved in successfully supporting the life and work of the school. These include elected representatives on our School Council and Librarians, and within classes children can volunteer to take on various responsibilities ranging from collecting and distributing registers to helping with the organisation of equipment.
We provide opportunities for children to take part in a wide range of musical activities and performances. A range of opportunities are provided within and beyond the curriculum for children to showcase their musical skills and talents, for example each year group performing to an audience (Harvest Festival, Christmas Nativity, Easter Production, Year 6 Leavers production) and every year our Year 4 pupils take part in Young Voices where school choirs across the Midlands region come together to performance at an Indoor Arena in either London or Birmingham. Please also visit our School Clubs page for more details of Musical clubs on offer.
As a school we appreciate and understand the importance of drama within our curriculum. Research reveals that drama had a positive impact on children’s physical, emotional, social and cognitive development. Drama is developed across the whole school in a variety of ways including story-telling, and annually across school through each year group performances (Harvest Festival, Christmas Nativity, Easter Production, Year 6 Leavers production).
We offer a range of sporting opportunities to all children to nurture and develop talents and interests. We also use a proportion of our PE & Sport Premium to part-fund a qualified sports coach to support curriculum delivery as well as extended intra-competitions and lunchtime activities. Please visit our School Clubs page for more details.
In addition, we ensure that our swimming programme extends to Year 5 pupils with ‘catch-up’ swimming for any child in Year 6 who has not yet acquired the skills.
Visitors have a valuable role to play and can contribute to many aspects of the life and work of the school. They deliver talks, workshops and full day activities across a wide range of subjects, giving pupils access to outside experiences and expertise. Visitors provide a link with the wider community – children have the opportunity to work alongside artists, musicians, authors, health professions and others.