Pupils will look at the history of animation, from its early beginnings right through to the modern day. They will the create their own using traditional and modern animation techniques, learning valuable design and making skills through this creative process. The final project will be a 3D stop frame animation movie.
Activities and Enrichment
Our extensive activities and enrichment programme is designed to allow the children to try their hand at something completely different, as well as giving them the opportunity to extend themselves in areas of the curriculum where they may have a particular passion, such as creative design or tennis.
Our activities and enrichment programme runs during break times, after school and sometimes even before school during the week. This is complemented by our Saturday Morning Enrichment which is an optional programme for pupils in Years 6 to 8.
We offer a wide range of free activities as well as various paid options where tuition is provided by a specialist. The schedule of fees details costs of the paid activities but generally you can expect to pay £60 to £120 for a group activity per term, with small group tuition costing more, such as for Riding and Speech & Drama. Paid activities currently on offer include the following:
- Creative Design
- Speech and Drama
- Horse Riding
Please see the music pages for more about instrumental tuition and all the ensembles which meet on a weekly basis.
Free clubs vary from term to term and may include diverse options such as
- Art club
- Board and card games
- Music composition
- Harry Potter
- Hama beads
- Various sports activities including:
- NFL/American Football
- Various different music ensembles
- Zen Lounge (in Learning Support Centre)
Our stimulating Saturday morning Enrichment programme is open to all pupils in Years 6 to 8 and sessions generally take place between 10am and midday, allowing for a more relaxed start to the day. The majority of options are free, but a small charge is made in a few cases to cover costs. Whilst optional, these highly popular activities are attended by all but a handful of pupils.
Pupils playing matches in the afternoon will generally have lunch in school and then, if the fixture is away, go to the match on school transport.
The options available in recent times have included the following:
This module is for pupils in Year 8 who intend to create an Art/CDT portfolio for either a scholarship or an all-rounder application. Some students in Year 7 will also be invited to attend; this will be an opportunity to develop both graphical and making skills to an advanced level.
Each year group will have a chance to spend time in the school’s excellent Forest School. Using the external provider ‘Made in Blighty’, the children will experience a wide range of activities. Children should bring appropriate clothing each Saturday, including coats and wellies as required.
This is being held at Mendip Shooting Ground. Pupils will need to be in school for 9.45am each Saturday in suitable clothing. All guns and clays will be provided. Children will be working towards a qualification as well as possible selection for the All Hallows Shooting Team. There will be a charge of £20 per session which will be added to the school bill.
The Year 7s will have a chance to train and participate in the Rotary Club’s walk across Exmoor. Children should wear suitable clothing as indicated by staff and should be aware that nearer the time of the event there will be some Sunday walks planned. The walk takes place in the first half of the Summer Term.
Year 8s will have the opportunity to learn some potentially lifesaving skills in this two-week course. This course is to compliment the 360 Fit Food sessions in the Michaelmas Term.
This is a new activity that we are trialling as we look to bolster our exposure to a wide range of country pursuits. This will involve travel offsite (and might result in a supper or two!!) and some flexible hours to allow as much time as possible. There will be a small charge of £10 per week for the activity. This will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.
A collection of fun tasks and challenges for Year 7 & 8 that require the best teamwork both physically and at problem solving. Examples of some of the challenges include the Royal Navy event - ‘The Gun Run’, ‘Kubb’, strategy games and building a full-scale rope bridge. All Year 7 who wish will have the opportunity to join these sessions in the Summer Term to exhibit their leadership skills towards potential Positions of Responsibility for their final year.
Each year group will have the chance to learn how to use a camera to take innovative pictures both on site and in the surrounding countryside. This will then finish with an exhibition of their work. Due to popular demand last year, this session is a first come, first served basis.
These are sessions for Year 8 children who wish to attend. Pupils may sign up for all of them or just attend as they wish.
This year’s main school production, open to both Year 6 and 7 pupils, promises to be full of fun and new performing challenges. The piece will be a musical and as with all shows of this nature it will have many opportunities to suit each child’s differing skills, interests and experiences. There will be movement, acting, speaking and singing and for those who are not so inclined to be in the limelight there will be a chance to support with all the ‘mechanics’ that are essential for making the show – lighting, sound, costume, makeup, poster and programme design, blogging, video editing and promotion. All pupils will ‘dip’ into these areas through the weekly enrichment programme, however the aim is to invite in some specialists to develop these areas, for those pupils who show a real passion for them.
Each child will be able to sign up for Spanish lessons which will be targeted so they are accessible for all, starting with beginners. The idea being that, as children move through the school, they become increasingly proficient in this very popular language.
This will give those children who wish to undertake some drama based work in their final year, the chance to put together a performance for the summer concert under the expert eyes of Mr Callow and Mr Castle.
Following on from last year’s success, we have adapted the programme by adding in some new conditions to further test the children's understanding of business! This is a six-week programme which will involve each child investing £10 and forming a company, designing a product and selling it for profit, hopefully. This is delivered by a charity, further details of which can be found at www.young-enterprise.co.uk.
360 Fit Food works with children, providing them with the knowledge to eat well to perform both in the classroom and on the sports pitch. Fun, interactive sessions cover nutritional principles, plus a foundation in basic cooking practice including knife skills.