We welcome a range of visitors into school and encourage parent and wider school community involvement to support children in their learning and personal development. Charity representatives inspire us to engage in social action and to be courageous advocates for change in our local, national and global communities. To prepare all our children for a successful life in modern Britain we aspire to provide exposure to global issues, cultural diversity, the arts, science, and sports through visitor insights and coaching opportunities.
Covid-19 disrupted plans but with easing of restrictions from summer 2021 the children are once again benefitting from experiences facilitated by visitors to school:
Secondary Science Taster – Parent, Mrs Clarke visited Orchard Class to ignite our scientific curiosity by sharing her expertise and a fascinating practical demonstration to help children discover the role of the heart, blood and blood vessels within the circulatory system.
Action Van – Dorset Council’s sports coaches teamed with PH Sports to bring us a fun day of ‘Mix It Up Sports’ with opportunities for all children, from Reception to Year 6, to experience alternative physical activities, particularly those that are inclusive and not usually available. The children took delight in embracing new activities and challenges through ‘taster’ sessions for: trampolining, archery, tri-golf, circus skills and indo-boarding.
Treehouse Theatre – Coach, Ben Lindsey-Clark linked our Key Stage 2 history topic with drama through ‘The Romans are Coming’, an educational programme of 4 acting workshops: Invasion; Resistance; The Frontier; Christianity and the Romanisation of Britain.This interactive ‘play-in-a-day’ enabled children to build their historical knowledge whilst developing their teamwork and acting skills.The children stepped out of their comfort zone to make something amazing.
Bikeability – Coach, Ben Timberlake facilitated a practical government-recognised programme for Years 5 and 6 to build valuable life skills to cycle safely on the roads and the confidence to experience future cycling opportunities. All the children achieved Level 1 and Level 2 certification in the ideal setting of our school grounds and village roads. The programme also contributed to progress in physical education, citizenship and our school’s ethos of health, wellbeing and environmental stewardship.