Extra Curricular Activities
During the year we aim to take the children on at least one visit associated with the topic being studied in class. You will receive termly curriculum information in order that you can plan your own linked visits should you wish to do so. We also receive a wide variety of educational visitors, including musicians, dancers, sports specialists and a number of others who are specialists in their fields. These activities form a valuable part of the children's learning and development, but we do depend on the financial support of parents to be able to continue organizing them. However, no child will be excluded where there is a case of genuine financial need.
At Saxon we are committed to enriching the curriculum and providing our children with a range of exciting opportunities and experiences. In the summer term of Year 4 the children take part in a 2-day (1 night) camping residential in Oxfordshire. This is an outdoor-based, camping residential where the children take part in a range of activities from animal tracking and shelter-building to making sculptures using resources found in the forest. In Year 5 the children go on a week's residential in Bowles Rocks Education Centre. At Bowles the children take part in a range of adventurous outdoor activities such as rock climbing, raft building, low ropes traversing and team building exercises. Finally in Year 6, to complement our French curriculum, the children go on a week's residential to northern France. During their time away they make a number of visits such as to a local market, a local school, a bakery and a chocolatier where they have numerous opportunities to practise their French. Also during their time away and in support of the WWII strand of their History curriculum, the children visit La Coupole Museum where they gain insight into soldiers' experiences in World War II.
We ask that parents support us in this exciting residential-experience element of our curriculum. No child would ever be excluded in cases of genuine financial hardship and we would endeavour to ensure every member of the class took part in the residentials as we believe they are such an important aspect of our provision at Saxon.
Clubs and Curriculum Environment
We have an exciting range of after-school and lunchtime clubs which reflect the pupil voice surveys conducted by the Saxon School Council each year. Most recently clubs on offer have included tag rugby, football, netball, drama, computing, engineering, arts/crafts, choir and newspaper club, to name a few. The clubs are taken by teachers and teaching assistants as well as outside specialists. There is a balance of fee-paying and free clubs and we work hard to ensure that all children have equality of access and opportunity in terms of this element of extra-curricular provision. Information about each term's clubs is sent to parents at the end of a preceding term/beginning of a new term.
Each half term we hold a Curriculum week which focuses on different areas of the curriculum. During the curriculum week our children have the opportunity to take part in a variety of workshops and learning opportunities, often working with different teachers, outside specialists and parents. At the end of each curriculum week we celebrate the learning in a variety of ways which parents are often invited to attend. This is an opportunity for all of the children to share their new learning with the whole school community.
The School Grounds
Saxon Primary is situated on a very large school site which includes a very large field and three separate playgrounds. Consequently we aim to make the best and most effective use of our school grounds. In addition to their use in our PE curriculum, the grounds are rich in animal habitats and plants which help us develop our science curriculum.