At Pinewood, the Enrichment programme starts from the Nursery and continues through the school until pupils leave for their senior schools. From Year 3 upwards Enrichment sessions are built into the timetable and sessions are designed to develop and deepen pupils’ individual thinking around a particular curriculum area of study.
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. The Thursday afternoon activity sessions also provide a wonderful opportunity for children to learn a new skill or find a new interest.
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 over 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 children in Years 5, 6 and 7 will find this programme enjoyable and stimulating, giving them the satisfaction of thinking and learning for themselves and resulting in a record of their work and achievements.