Wider Learning Opportunities

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We believe that a strong curriculum is not just about high standards in English and Maths, but also about giving children a rich and broad range of learning opportunities. At St Bede’s our children have the chance to learn through many different events and activities that take place in and around our wonderful grounds, through numerous school trips throughout the year, by listening to an array of different speakers and visitors and by taking part in themed days.

Below is a list of activities that typically took place each year, prior to the pandemic (we are currently in the process of re-establishing many of these):


Tie Ceremonies for EYFS and Yr 6, Totally Tennis workshop for upper KS2, World mental health day, KS1 ‘Around the world’ dance workshop, School nurse came to talk about hand washing and the flu spray,, Brodowsky Quartet Performance (Santa’s Strings) to Yr2, 3, 4, 5, 6, Live Music Performance for the Whole School by Hampshire Music Service, Year 2 trip to the Mid Hants Railway, Carol Singing; Yr 4 at Marnel Lodge, Yr 5 at Magnolia Court, Singing Club at Apollo Hotel (Age Concern Lunch), Yr 6 at Rotary Club Lunch, Nativity competition run by the Knights of St. Columba, Mosaic Competition for the whole school, Netball team matches against local primary schools in the new Basingstoke Schools’ Netball League, Hampshire Music Service teaching Year 3 the Ukulele on Thursday afternoons, Year 4 Roman Workshop , Year 4 Viking day, Maths eyes competition, School discos, Year 5 visit to War Memorial Park, Yr5/6 teams involved in local tag rugby league , Tag Rugby fixture vs Winklebury School for girls and those Yr 5/6s who hadn’t yet represented the school , Yr5 Football- Boys Local Area Tournament , Yr5/6 Football- Girls Local Area Tournament, Y6 Football- Boys Tournament Local Area (won) and County Finals, Yr 5 trip to Winchester Science Museum, Yr 6 Africa Day with visit from Nelson Mandela’s bodyguard, Chris Lubbe, Yr 6 Fire safety Day, Upper KS2 visits to Everest Secondary school Science labs


Dogs Trust visit to EYFS through to Year 4, Author visit (World Book Day), EYFS parents came to talk about countries they are from (Our World topic), EYFS visits from a nurse, vet, fireman and police staff, Whole School Science Fair, Rocket Building day for Year’s 1-4, Year 1 trip to Winchester Science Centre, Year 1 walk to complete a vehicle survey, Year 2 visit to Kew Gardens, Charities assembly for the whole school, Class visits to the local Residential home to support residents, Fr Chris talk to the Year 2 children about Reconciliation, Chinese New Year celebrations in Year 2, Year 3 trip to Butser Farm, Year 3 Chinese New Year celebrations, Down’s Syndrome day celebrations, World Book Day celebrations, Year 4 trip to Winchester Science museum, Sports Hall Athletics Event, Y5/6 Girls Tag Rugby games, Y5/6 mixed Tag Rugby games (vs other local schools), Cross Country – 3/4/5/6, Y5/6 girls football and Y5/6 boys football games (vs other local schools), Table Tennis Competition, Yr 6 Entry into Diocesan Dragon’s Den competition


Sports Day, Wizard of Oz Pantomime for whole school, ‘Thing at the bottom of the garden’ – Science show’, St Bede’s Got Talent (Talent Show), Brodvoski Quartet played to KS1/KS2, EYFS parents evening for new parents, EYFS trip to Finkley Down Farm, Road Safety week, Y1 trip to Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, Y1 Pirate Day, Year 2 trip to Paulton’s Park, Year 3 trip to Windsor Castle , Year 3 St. George’s Day –themed day, Year 3 Castles day, Year 4 Save the world day – where we created models to make people more aware of the environment, Year 4 residential trip to Hooke Court, Year 5 Mayan Workshop, Year 6 Swimming lessons, Year 6 trip to Wales, Year 6 trip to Paulton’s Park, Year 6 sex education lessons, Year 6 BikeAbility sessions, LoveWise visit to upper KS2 (marriage, sex and relationships from a Christian perspective), Year 6 A-Life visit (drugs and alcohol awareness), Year 6 Production, Cyber Ambassador Training Day, ThinkSafe Y6, KS2 County Cup Cricket completion , KS2 Hampshire Schools’ Games, KS2 Kwik Cricket Competition, Y3/4 Tri-Golf competition, KS2 Tag-rugby completion at Overton RFC, Healthy schools’ week, School safeguarding assembly, Quantum Theatre KS1 (Science), AS Creative (Science sessions for Whole School), Summer Reading Challenge Assembly, Leavers’ Mass, Choir took part in concert at the Anvil over two nights, Class visits to the church to celebrate Mass Prayer writing competitions.