Enrichment is an important part of daily life at Eastfield Academy.
Roots of Empathy
The Roots of Empathy programme focuses on raising levels of empathy amongst young children, resulting in more respectful and caring relationships and reduced levels of bullying and aggression. As part of the programme, which originates from Canada, pupils observe how a baby develops over the course of a school year. The children see the love and care that the baby receives from the parent, and begin to understand the baby’s feelings and emotions.
Our Year 5 pupils will enjoy visits, every 3 weeks, from baby Finley and his mother, giving pupils the opportunity to track the infant’s milestones.
Before and after each visit, pupils are encouraged to discuss their own experiences and share ideas during a positive and respectful discussion.
Mrs Dunkley is our trained Roots of Empathy Instructor and she will gather the children in the classroom around a green blanket, and together they watch the baby grow.
The Singing Schools programme is supporting us to embed daily singing into school life - both through the curriculum and through extra-curricular choral enrichment. There are two parts to our Singing School status:
1. Musical Foundations – Developing musicianship skills through singing
This strand supports all staff to develop the foundational skills and understanding of music (phrase, rhythm, pitch, etc) to enable them to provide a progressive and high quality music education in the classroom.
2. Choral Excellence– Accelerating musicianship and vocal development through ensemble singing
Wrapped around this in-class provision, the choral strand is direct delivery with our KS2 pupils. This moves beyond the Musical Foundations strand and starts to look at children’s vocal and musical development through a broad repertoire of songs. We are lucky to be regularly joined by Charlotte Brosnan, a professional singer with a wealth of teaching experience who leads this provision and supports Mrs Ford, our Music Lead.
Through this holistic and integrated singing strand, every class becomes a choir, and an ‘aspirational’ choir is established for children who wish to take their learning further. Our weekly whole school singing assembly is an opportunity for our pupils to develop and show off their fabulous singing skills!
What sort of skills does enrichment teach?
- Determination to succeed
- Winning and losing with grace
- Respect for others
- Confidence in yourself
- A sense of fun and enjoyment
- Focus and attitude
- Health benefits
Academies across the Trust are encouraged to work collaboratively to make the most of the opportunities on offer.
Highlights from last year include:
- Debating events at the Derngate theatre
- Our choir performing at our local supermarket and shopping centre
- DRET All Star Choir performing at different musical events
- Y6 visit to Nevill Holt Opera House
- A carol concert at our local St Alban's Church
- Visits to Nevill Holt Farm, including day trips and an overnight camp
- Y4 visit to Leicester Space Centre
- Eid celebration
Our most recent opportunities include:
- Cinema trips
- Visit from local magistrates
- Google assembly
- Brass lessons from Northamptonshire Music Performing Arts Trust
- Roots of Empathy
For further information about the enrichment opportunities that are on offer please contact:
Shane Ward & Alex Green
To contact us please call head office:
01476 566 801