Within the school year pupils take part in regular educational visits. We value the opportunities such visits offer our pupils and the commitment of staff and adults undertaking them. These are carefully mapped out to ensure that they link to a variety of curriculum areas. Year 6 pupils also take part in an annual residential trip to further enhance their skills of independence, determination and collaboration.
Throughout the year, themed days/weeks are woven into the curriculum to extend the breadth and balance of opportunities we offer our pupils. These include Anti-bullying Week, Mental Health Awareness Week, E-Safety Week, World Book Day, Sport & Health Week, British Science Week, Earth Day, Numeracy Day and World Environment Day.
Each year all pupils in Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 visit a place of worship linked to one of the major faiths. These visits are designed to deepen understanding of other faiths and religious traditions as well as allow pupils to explore the commonalities between them.
Pupils of all ages and stages are given the chance to take part in local and national competitions, with a particular focus on sporting opportunities.
Pupils receive visits from inspirational speakers from a diverse range of backgrounds, members of the local community and external workshop providers. Visitors have a valuable role to play and can contribute to many aspects of the life and work of the school. They deliver talks, workshops and full day activities across a wide range of subjects, giving pupils access to outside experiences and expertise. Visitors provide a link with the wider community – pupils have the opportunity to work alongside authors, artists, health professionals and others.
We promote and encourage pupils’ active citizenship and positive contribution to the school and wider community through volunteering. We offer lots of opportunities for pupils to take on new responsibilities and be involved in successfully supporting the life and work of the school. These include elected representatives on our School Council and Head Boy/Girl positions. Older pupils can also apply and be interviewed for positions such as Play Leaders and Librarians, and within classes pupils can volunteer to take on various responsibilities ranging from lunch duties, to collecting and distributing registers, to helping with the organisation of equipment in classrooms and assemblies. Pupils tell us that they enjoy the opportunity to carry out ‘seva’ (selfless service), which is a fundamental part of the Sikh faith ethos, to help make their school an even better place to be and rising to the challenge that additional responsibility brings.
Our assembly programme includes weekly faith and virtues assemblies and a celebration assembly. Throughout the year, pupils have the opportunity to showcase their musical talents in 'Musical Moments' slots and each class delivers an assembly for their friends and family. These assemblies and performances allow the pupils to celebrate their successes and promote the virtues of confidence and creativity.
Pupils have access to 1-1 instrumental tuition through links with the Hounslow Music Service as well as whole class sessions for instruments such as the ukelele.
Pupils also enjoy access to extra–curricular and enrichment activities both during and after the school day. These include a wide range of after school clubs as well as sports clubs and nurture groups which take place within the school day.