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Enrichment Activities

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We believe that taking part in a wide range of activities nurtures a love of learning and life in all our pupils. We are keen to give them opportunities to try new things so that they form a strong community bond as well as grow as individuals.

The children are encouraged to 'Get Involved' in our school and many take up this challenge by representing the school, running a lunchtime Club, helping another child with their reading or running the School Newspaper (The Burbage Buzz).

Becoming independent, enthusiastic members of the community is a real strength of the school.

Trips and Visitors

As part of the curriculum, we plan educational visits to places of interest that link with the children’s topic of study. These fire children’s imagination and inspire them in their class work.  Recently, we ran trips to the Mary Rose Museum in Portsmouth; Legoland in Windsor and Warner Bros. Studio Tours - The Making of Harry Potter.  The Year 6 class were lucky enough to travel down to Covent Garden in London to watch Madame Butterfly at the Royal Opera House and our Year 2s became chefs on a visit to a local branch of Pizza Express.  We use our local area as much as possible with Roman Invasions in the Pewsey Vale, visits to local farms; the chirch and other religious buildings and Savernake Forest.

 

We also invite visitors to work in school to share their expertise. Recent visitors have included:

  • Bill Mather - a local artist in Burbage who worked with the Y6 children to create seasonal pictures that have been used on the front cover of The Burbage News;
  • Eileen Browne author of Handa’s Surprise who worked with the Infants and then opened our new Library;
  • Garsington Opera, who ran a workshop with children in Y4-6 based on Offenbach’s ‘Vert, Vert’ opera;
  • And many parents who have come in to talk to the children about their jobs

We run a residential trip for Year Six who go away to a PGL centre for a week where they take part in activities such as High Ropes, Abseiling, Dragon Boat Racing and Puzzle Solving. For some, this is their first time away from home and it is a great bonding experience at the start of this important final year of their primary schooling.

Other Cluster/Partner activities

We engage fully in cluster activities, including School Council visits, Drama days, Maths competitions, Design Technology Competitions, Folk Music festivals and Curriculum days, These have included Writing, MAEP Art Able, Gifted and Talented days and our MAEP Modern Foreign Language performances. We take part in the Marlborough Cluster Dance Festival and the ‘Music for a Summer’s Evening’ at St John’s; both of which showcase the very best of local school talent and are a lot of fun!

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Music and Drama

All children learn to play an instrument during their time with us and many go on to take up instruments with peripatetic music teachers. We currently offer Guitar, Piano, Cello, Flute, Clarinet, Recorder and Violin in individual or small group lessons. We perform at Christmas in our annual Carols by Candlelight Service in the church and hold annual ‘Musical Summer Soirees’ where families are treated to a wonderful evening of musical talent from the children, their families and teachers.

We believe that drama performances enrich the children’s experience in school and all Infants perform in our annual Nativity musical at Christmas time. In addition our Y3/4 children perform at Easter and the Y6’s end of summer performance is always a real treat. 

Burbage Music Evening

Our wonderfully talented musicians performed at our second annual Music Evening, what a talented lot they are!

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Local Community Events

We celebrate the Christian festivals in liaison with Burbage Church and welcome the vicar in to collective worship in school on a regular basis. The children perform as a ‘signing choir’ for the hard of hearing at the ‘Good Companions Lunch’ at Christmas time and are involved in the laying of a wreath at the village Armistice Service each year. We have a regular slot in the Burbage News where some of what we do in school is shared. Our annual Summer Fair, where the children run many of the stalls as part of their enterprise initiatives is a real village highlight.

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Sport

Physical Activity is another strength of the school with cluster fixtures attended by at least one team. We have a strong tradition of success in Tag Rugby, Running and Cricket. Other sports events have included Orienteering, Hockey, High Fives (Netball) and Football.

Currently children in Y4 swim regularly and every child leaves school being able to swim at least 25m. 

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