Pupils at Waterside Primary Academy have the opportunity to participate in a variety of extracurricular activities during their time at school — from sport, music and drama to personal development and our new JASS Programme (Junior Awards Scheme for Schools).
There are a whole range of benefits that come from involvement in these clubs, we explore a few below.
Our extensive extra curricular programme aims to:
- Help children build skills outside of the classroom - In addition to building skills within a specific discipline, extracurricular activities are great for developing general academic and soft skills. Think debating for public speaking, academic competitions for exam strategies and sport for teamwork. Balancing a number of commitments can help to improve your child’s time management skills, while finding an area they enjoy or excel at can boost self-confidence.
- Provide a productive break from study - Weekly activities can offer a welcome break from studies and homework. Depending on your child’s interests, they may provide the chance to get outside and exercise, see friends, pursue a hobby or simply relax and refresh their mind. They also help limit the time your child is spending in front of a TV or computer screen.
- Open children's minds to new interests - While children at Waterside Primary Academy usually have the opportunity to pursue a wide range of subject areas through core and foundation subjects, extracurricular activities allow students to explore an interest in more depth than what is covered in class — or maybe even find a completely new interest that they wouldn’t have been exposed to otherwise. They can also provide a great chance for children to broaden their perspective of the world, particularly those involved in volunteering.
- Provide Social Opportunities - Being part of a group or team provides a sense of belonging, with extracurricular activities offering an opportunity for your child to interact with others with similar interests and potentially build friendships outside of their usual circle
Note: Wraparound Care - We also offer a Breakfast Club and Evening provision (Night Owls) until 5.30pm daily. Please visit the Wraparound Care page for further details about this club.