At Michael's we offer a wide range of experiences beyond the curriculum. Due to our very limited Pupil Premium Grant of c£28,500 per year, we struggle to fund experiences with a cost implication and rely on parents to make voluntary contributions, and on the goodwill of staff to provide clubs. When Mrs Barratt qualified as a SIAMS Inspector in March 2022, Governors agreed that all fees paid for her services could be used solely to enhance the curriculum for our pupils. The sum raised will amount to approximately £3500 in 2023/4 and every penny goes to visitors such as authors, science shows, music experiences and theatre productions which enhance provision for our children.
We continue to offer a wide range of opportunities for pupils to develop leadership skills. These include: a school council, ethos team, anti-bullying ambassadors trained in conflict resolution, Year 6 buddies for Reception children, the opportunity to plan and lead worship, Year 6 Play Leaders, as well offering a range of additional activities for year groups to develop teamwork and problem solving skills as part of PE Outdoor and Adventurous Activities. We also develop our pupils for the future through our Careers Learning, detailed on the linked document below.
Despite our limited outside facilties, we have always offered a wide variety of sports at St. Michael's and are successful in range of competitions. Specialist sports coaches teach each class once every two weeks. School takes part in all the competitions run by the Heywood Schools Partnership on Thursdays after school throughout the year. Teams are chosen either through open try-outs or from observations during lessons by teachers and coaches, usually from the oldest applicable year group first for each competition.
For more information about:
- competitive sports and team events please see Miss Edge
- extra-curricular sports and other clubs, please contact the office
- netball or rounders see Mrs Doyle
- dance club please see Miss Brook
We enable pupils to develop the ability to speak clearly to an audience through the many class assemblies and performances that they are a part of. Every class presents their learning to the whole school and their parents in a class assembly each year. Pupils also take part in a range of performances during their time at St Michael's. They have the opportunity to use drama skills and to extend their musical abilities by singing a range of songs.
In Nursery, children perform songs and rhymes in the classroom for their families watching on Teams.
In Reception, children speak and sing in a Nativity Play, performed for parents via Teams, from the classroom.
In Year 1 and 2, pupils perform a Nativity Play in the hall for their parents. Year 2 take the main roles, supported by Year 1.
In Year 3 and 4, pupils present a play at Easter for parents, with staging in the hall. Year 4 take the main roles with support from Year 3.
In Year 5 and 6, pupils perform a longer, more complex play which incorporates humour. Year 6 shine in the main roles with Year 5 supporting.
Speaking, singing and acting is of exceptionally high quality. We carefully sequence the elements of performing, building the expectations in order to support our pupils to gain confidence and develop their abiities.
The link below is a full list of the extra-curricular enhancement opportunities at St Michael's for 2023/24 that have been planned so far. The year group overviews of learning on the 'St Michael's Curriculum' each include details of further activities that enhance our curriculum. For further information, please get in touch.