Extra-curricular Activities and Enrichment 

As a school, we have worked hard to develop the extra-curricular provision we offer to our children due to the significant role they play in the wider development of children's abilities and the contribution they make to their personal development and welfare.

During the year, all classes also have a special day to enrich their topics, either via an educational visit, a special visitor to school or a themed day (such as ‘Indian Spice’ day in Year 2).

Science Fair Day
June 2019

 

 Times Tables Rockstars Day
October 2019

Bhangra Dancing
Year 2 themed day October 2019

 

 

 

 

In Year 6, pupils are encouraged to undertake the Rotary Community Year 6 Award. Similar in essence to the Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme, the Rotary Award programme includes elements of community service, developing new skills, physical recreation and learning about aspects of their community.

Left: Rotary Award pupils undertaking 6 hours of St John Ambulance First Aid training February 2020

Right: Pupils being presented with their Rotary Awards at Sutton Coldfield Town Hall July 2019

 

 

 

Pupils throughout our school are encouraged to take part in the Birmingham Libraries’ Summer Reading Challenge, to read and review 6 books over the summer holiday. Every year, we have so many pupils taking part, we have our own presentation assembly at the end of September with a local librarian attending to present certificates, medals and book tokens. In 2019 we had 143 children who completed
the challenge.

 
       

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

    

Years 5 and 6 have the opportunity to attend an outdoor and adventurous residential trip providing valuable learning experiences to challenge their confidence, determination and ability to work in a team.

We are fortunate to have wonderful and extensive grounds at New Oscott. Twice each year we hold ‘Groundforce’ mornings on Saturdays in March and November to tidy our grounds and to carry our summer and winter planting.    

                  

This year, we also took part in the RSPB Big Schools’ Birdwatch – organised by our Eco Council – in February. We were surprised by how many different species of birds visit our school grounds!

              

Creative Arts

Creative Arts, and the manner in which they enrich the curriculum and children's learning, are a prominent aspect of life at New Oscott and is something that we know creates life long memories and skills. We hold the Birmingham Schools’ Music Mark and are currently working towards the Arts Mark.

  • A specialist Music and Art Teacher who leads our Creative Arts Curriculum Team of teachers and teaching assistants
  • We subscribe to and partner with the Birmingham music service.
  • A partner with Centrestage School of Drama; we provide children from Years 2 to 6 with the opportunity to develop Speech and Drama skills and to take L.A.M.D.A. examinations each year. In 2019, 55 pupils took L.A.M.D.A. exams and all of them passed with a merit of distinction.
  • We have an excellent KS2 school choir where children are given the opportunity to perform live whenever possible! Performance this year have included the Young Voices concert alongside 6000 pupils at the Genting Arena, Birmingham; performing with the Staffordshire Band Summer 2019, as well as singing at local care homes and our local Next store!                                                           
  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • We endeavour to give our pupils experience of high quality live music performances. This year, this has included Bhangra drumming and a string quartet, The Stringcredibles - a quartet of world-class musicians from the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, in March 2020.
  • Our 4 Year 6 Music Ambassadors, organise a rota for pupils learning an instrument to perform at the beginning of Friday assemblies; pupils also perform as part of our Year 5 & 6 Carol Concerts at St Columba’s Church each December.
  • Whole school Arts-based activities and competitions. In February 2020 we held a History in Art competition with a high number of entries throughout all year groups.                        

                                      

Sport

Sport is an integral part of life at New Oscott and we aspire for all children to enjoy taking part in PE and school sport.

 At New Oscott we are proud to hold 3 Platinum Marks for P.E. and School Sport. We have an excellent and ever-improving P.E. and sports provision which includes:

  • A specialist PE Teacher who leads our P.E. and School Sport Curriculum Team of teachers and teaching assistants and who organises an extensive programme of extra-curricular opportunities (clubs and competitions)
  • Specialist Aspire coaches who deliver P.E. lessons alongside class teachers to build on teacher subject knowledge and skills and ensure sustainability
  • A wide range of extra-curricular sports clubs, some of which are free for children to attend.
  • Affiliation to the Sutton Coldfield District School Sports Association.
  • A partnership with other local schools to share good practice and plan and prepare cross-school activities.
  • Links to the Wilson Stuart School Sports Partnership that helps bring schools together for cross school competitions and training.
  • Weekly ‘gross motor’ skills sessions for pupils with SEND. Many of the pupils who attend these sessions also participate in Panathalon competitions against other schools.
  • A partnership with Bike North Birmingham who work to promote sustainable and environmentally friendly modes of transport, through fun projects and activities. Pupils in Years 5 & 6 have the opportunity to complete the Bikeability levels 1 and 2 qualifications.
  • A partner with Aston Villa FC, who provide curriculum coaching and after school/ lunchtime clubs.
  • A partner with Aspire, who provide curriculum coaching and after school/ lunchtime clubs.
  • Termly enrichment events to encourage participation and enjoyment in sport including Inter-House Sport Relief Fun Run on 13th March 2020; ‘Towards Tokyo’ – Olympics sports taster days June 2020; Sports Days Summer 2020.