The more able pupils are consistently challenged through the school’s excellent enrichment and kaleidoscope lecture programmes.
(ISI Inspection Report 2012)
At Pinewood the Enrichment programme starts from the Nursery and continues through the school until pupils leave for their senior schools. All pupils in Nursery, Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 attend enrichment sessions in small groups throughout the year. The sessions are held on a weekly basis and are linked to the curriculum topics being studied in each year. In addition to this, individual or small group sessions are offered to pupils as appropriate. Year 2 clubs take place once a week after school and activities include ICT, art and music.
From Year 3 upwards Enrichment sessions become more selective. Weekly slots are built into the timetable and sessions are designed to develop and deepen pupils’ individual thinking around a particular curriculum area of study. For example a Year 4 group studying the Ancient Greeks in history will discuss and debate whether the Elgin marbles should be returned to Athens or remain in the British Library and look at the role and purpose of museums in general.
Specific Enrichment Projects are also timetabled. They are run by the Heads of Department and focus on developing and extending pupils’ thought, understanding and ability to apply knowledge in an investigative and practical way, for example a maths enrichment club provides additional opportunities for problem solving tasks.
The group sessions and specific enrichment projects are one part of the broader enrichment programme at Pinewood which includes a wide range of educational visits and workshops, visiting speakers, a programme of lectures, whole school curriculum theme days such as French Day and residential trips. On a Thursday afternoon in the Prep school there is an opportunity to try a new sport or take up a new interest by signing up for one of the many activities on offer from archery and photography to orienteering and jewellery making.
Enrichment is exciting; it is about imagination, discovery and challenge, wonder and awe, an opportunity to extend the creative learning that goes on throughout Pinewood.
Imagination is the eye of the soul
The Gold Programme
The Gold Programme forms part of the Pinewood enrichment programme and its aim is to encourage children to explore new areas outside the normal curriculum, to develop intellectual curiosity and to cultivate skills for independent learning. As a voluntary programme, children can choose from 40 challenges all linked to a broad area of the curriculum. It is expected the majority of the work will be undertaken in children’s own time but progress in school will be monitored with regular meetings. Bronze, Silver and Gold awards will be given at the completion of each level in the challenge. We hope this programme for children from Years 5, 6 and 7 will be enjoyable and stimulating, giving them the satisfaction of thinking and learning for themselves and resulting in a record of their work and achievements.
To view all Enrichment events planned for this term, please go to the School Calendar.