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The Enrichment programme at Haxby Road Primary Academy inspires and teaches children important life skills needed to develop their own cultural capital.  This extended school is carried out as part of the school day, which is delivered to all pupils in Years 5 and 6.

The aim of the Enrichment Programme is to allow an engaging and exciting programme of extra curricular activities, which provide opportunities for all children to develop new talents and skills, which they may not have otherwise been able to access.

For this academic year, the enrichment programme will be led by  teachers and specialist staff equipped with specialist training and expertise.  The following provision and learning opportunities have been provided for all children:

Cook School Spanish – MFL
Sports Coaching Sessions  Art & Craft
Music Tuition Computing Innovations

All activities have been focused around giving children the opportunity to grow, flourish, and celebrate success.

Details below have been provided by some of the specialist teachers:


In Music Enrichment last year we explored beatboxing in the Autumn term then learned basic recorder skills in the Spring term. This involved learning to read simple pitched notation, learning recorder fingering, playing solo and playing with an accompaniment, playing together and listening to each other. 

HR Music Enrichment this year we will experience and explore different ways into learning about musical notation and reinforcing musicianship using  tuned percussion instruments. The children will learn how to perform in an ensemble and then in small groups and eventually solo performances which build musical self-confidence. 

This year the children will be developing aural, listening and reading skills, learning to read from notation while playing tuned percussion instruments as percussionists rather than playing in a class situation. To play tuned percussion properly we need to work on dexterity and fine motor skills, precise playing, acute listening skills, pulse, rhythm, reading notation, following a score and playing in an ensemble. 

Our children must model superb social skills throughout as we share our tuned percussion instruments. 

Our Enrichment at HR is a precious opportunity to nurture our young musicians. 

Mrs McCartney – Music Specialist Lead 

Computing Innovations: 

Within the computing innovations enrichment upper key stage two children will be exploring and becoming experts within the different areas of the computing curriculum.

The skills and concepts which the children will be developing are broadly under the headings: Computer Science (CS), Information Technology (IT) and Digital Literacy (DS).

Computer Science: Children will develop logical Reasoning and problem solving skills through coding. They will create and debug algorithms  in order to program different devices, such as micro bits and code-a-pillars.

Information Technology: Children will develop the skills to search, collect, design and evaluate information using Google services, such as docs and sheets.

Digital Literacy: Children will learn how to use technology responsibly and safely, recognise acceptable and unacceptable behaviour, identify how to raise concerns and will understand collaborative opportunities provided by technology.

It is our aim within enrichment (supported by daily teaching) to ensure all pupils leave school with the skills and knowledge to navigate a technologically driven world. Utilising chromebooks, coding and other tech to encourage them to become more autonomous.

Mr Reeves-Kemp Computing Specialist & Mrs Malster-Hinett – Deputy Head of School

Spanish Enrichment:

In Spanish enrichment, we aim to continue to develop the skills of listening, speaking, reading, writing and grammar in creative ways whilst building an intercultural understanding of Spain and other Spanish speaking countries. 

Our enrichment sessions throughout the year aim to enhance the creative curriculum and support class topics whilst developing their language skills. This year we will be covering things such as describing rooms in the house, Dragons, carnavals, Egyptians. South America and performing a play. 

Nieves Sadullah – Specialist Spanish teacher

Cook School:

In cook school we start the year focusing on the basics for our new year 5’s but also as to reinforce for the year 6’s. This covers kitchen rules including hygiene, safety and knife skills. Building on these skills we progress to more challenging recipes next term we have been making our own healthy versions of take always including KFC, burgers and Korma.  

The lesson always ends with the children sitting at the dining table to  taste the food we have cooked. They then take home a portion of the food and a copy of the recipe. 

In previous years the children spent a week baking and organising a bake sale they really enjoyed this.

Ms Rose.  Specialist Cook School lead.

Sports Club:   Monday/Tuesday – Year 5 & 6  Wednesday/Thursday – Year 1/2 & ¾

The children that come to my enrichment are able to play a range of sporting activities which they may not have played before i.e. Handball, Baseball and Dodgeball etc. All these sporting activities have a huge impact on the child’s development throughout their time at Haxby Road. Here are just a few examples of how sport has helped our children.

I have noticed through sports participation it can help children develop social skills that will benefit them throughout their entire lives. They learn to interact not only with other children their age, but also with older individuals. During enrichment children learn leadership skills, team-building skills and communication skills that will help them in school, their future career and personal relationships.

It can also have a huge positive impact on a child’s self-esteem and confidence. Children who participate in my enrichment get praise and encouragement, which helps to build self-confidence. They also learn to trust in their own abilities and push themselves. Constructive criticism is also a major part of sports participation, and the children eventually learn to accept such criticism and use it to their benefit.

Lastly, but I feel it is an important one. Children who participate in my enrichment perform much better in their class setting as well. Behaviour seems to be not an issue and they can apply the same principles of dedication and hard work learned through sports participation to their work.

Mr Robinson – Specialist Sports Coach & K.Eddon Assistant Head of school.

Our enrichment programme recognises that, not only do we  want our children to succeed but we want them to reach their full potential. The activities within the programme are planned to broaden their life beyond school in a way that encourages them to be aware of their own well-being and learning. This self reflection of their learning is seen through their own feedback given after the completion of the sessions. As a school this helps us to monitor the  impact that these enriched activities have on their learning and well-being.

Availability and Times

Our clubs change each half term. Please check through the school reception for availability and to book a place.

  • Wednesday – Year 1 and 2 Sports 3:00 – 4.15pm limited availability booked each half term
  • Thursday – Year 3 and 4 Sports 3:00 – 4.15pm limited availability booked each half term
  • Wednesday – Cook School – different class each term 3:00 – 4.15pm