Extra-curricular

In addition to the rich curriculum children experience through their topic work they are inspired by a wide range of extra curricular activities and trips.

School Trips and Visitors

Real life memorable experiences are central to inspiring the children’s learning. During the Inspire Stage of our curriculum children are taken to visit museums, country parks, art galleries, and places of interest which create high levels of enthusiasm and excitement for all areas of the curriculum. Every new term starts with an outing which can be just one class or several classes together. We also invite into school a range of “experts” who can inspire children with their knowledge or demonstrate skills through a workshop or practical session. These have included a local linocut artist, a weaver, a falconry display, a planetarium, a rabbi, children’s authors and many many more.
In the Summer Term the Year 5/6 Class go on a Residential Trip. They have a wonderful time trying new activities and sleeping in dormitories with friends. Previous activities have included canoeing, climbing, sledging, swimming, archery, fencing and much more. The residential trips alternate yearly between a UK venue and a chateau in France where children really get to grips with speaking some French and eating French food.

Extra-curricular activities

Clubs

We run extra-curricular clubs and activities to enrich the learning experience at Annan. Children have the opportunity to take part in a diverse and exciting range of extra-curricular clubs and activities after school and at lunchtime. These have included sports, drama, cookery, animation, modelling, woodwork, comic book creating, choir, art and many more.
We have an active Eco Club which has already earned the school a Silver Eco-Schools award for raising awareness of recycling and green issues as well as running a hugely popular eco fair.

Sports

As a small school we like to ensure that children have the opportunity to experience a wide range of sports including small sided games of hockey, cricket, football, netball and rounders. Sport takes place on the tarmac playground area all year round and on the local sports field in the summer term until September. We have an indoor hall for gymnastics, yoga and dance.
Children have the opportunity for extra curricula sport and play competitively against local schools particularly in netball. Every summer we hold a whole school Sports Day to which parents are invited. Every child takes part as part and gets a certificate and a cheer at the end.

A full range of sports are available to pupils including Netball, Soccer, Rugby, Hockey, Cross Country, Gymnastics, Dance, Volleyball, Swimming, Rounders, Cricket, Stoolball and Athletics.
There are a range of teacher led clubs and children are able to stay at school until 4.30pm to take part. Some extra-curricular activities also take place at lunch time.

Shows and Concerts

Music

Music is very important to children at Annan School. We are very pleased to be working with Mark Broad, a composer, trainer and music teacher who comes into school every week to take classes throughout the school developing the children’s and the teachers’ musical abilities. Classes have music lessons in school using a range of percussion and tuned instruments. We also give children the opportunity to learn to play the Samba Drums with a drumming specialist.

We have two peripatetic music teachers who come into school. A large number of children of all ages have individual music and small group music tuition and we currently offer lessons in piano, acoustic guitar and ukulele. Annie our piano teacher has great success with children entering piano grade exams. Large concerts are held twice a year at Christmas and at the end of the summer term when children can perform to an audience.

Dance and Drama

Our most recent whole school productions have been Tales from the Attic, Wind in the Willows and Midsummer Night’s Dream. We also stage an outdoor Nativity alternate Christmases.
Every child in the school is involved in the shows. Children help with the props, costumes, write the script, learn the songs, write the music and perform in front of a large audience of parents and friends. Parents help as well sometimes directing, making props, setting up the theatre as well as serving refreshments! Drama and Dance are popular clubs.

 

“Annan School values child-centred learning through experience, not wrapping children in cotton wool but building their resilience for the outside world, conscious learning and community.”

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