Here at Woodside we believe that every child has the right to have an enriching, diverse and exciting educational journey. Our aim is to prepare Woodside pupils for the wider world as successful young adults who, not only embody our seven life values but also follow their passions. Our Enrichment programme helps to provide these opportunities for our pupils in a fun, safe and encouraging environment. We offer a wide range of subjects and skills, tailored to all ages from Reception to Year 6. Our sessions are chiefly run by Woodside’s own teachers, who have particular passions for the topics they are teaching, as well as external specialists. Each programme runs for 10 sessions over a term with new sessions offered every term. Every child has one term of enrichment. Please see below for our Enrichment offer:
Originating from football and rugby, this is one of the most popular team sports in America. Can you play offense and drive the ball down the field to score a touchdown? Can you play defense and tackle to stop a team from scoring points? Staying active is vital for physical and mental health. These sessions will keep you fit and healthy in a fun, engaging way whilst building friendships and confidence on and off the playing field.
Imagine if you were able to make your own, dream character and then bring your creation to life! In these engaging sessions, you will learn what animation is and how it has been used in some of your favourite films. Once you have learnt the fundamentals of stop-motion, all our young animators will create and film their own short movie clip. The only limit is your own imagination!
Discover famous artists and break down their techniques. Explore art subjects, scenes and still-life to study and recreate. In these sessions, not only will you learn these fine art skills and techniques to create your own artwork, you will also be given the space and encouragement to fully express yourself and grow as a creative, independent thinker.
Arts and Crafts
Discover the skills of sketching, painting, print making, sculpting and much more. In these sessions, not only will you learn these fine art skills and techniques, you will also be given the space and encouragement to fully express yourself and grow as a creative, independent thinker.
Master your underarm and overhead serving in this fun, racket sport. You will learn to control your body and develop key skills such as balance, strength, hand-eye coordination, movement, speed and agility. Physical activity plays a monumental role in your child’s education and badminton promotes allround health and wellbeing where topics such as resilience, diversity, self-esteem and fair-play will be actively promoted.
Welcome to the world of baking! In these sessions you will learn the culinary skills of measuring, weighing, combining and cooking. Here you will explore sweet and savory ingredients from different countries to create showstopping creations you can take home to share with your family. Over the weeks you will create your very own baking book to teach everyone your newfound baking skills.
Do you enjoy writing? Do you enjoy art? Put these together to explore this beautiful craft. In these sessions you will discover this historic, multicultural form of art and learn the skills to develop a unique style of writing which will impress your family and friends.
Cooking Whisking, stirring, dicing, chopping, slicing and of course cooking tasty, healthy food is what we are all about in these sessions. Explore ingredients, herbs and spices and use your growing culinary skills to turn recipes into delicious meals. Take your edible creations home to share with your family and teach them your newfound skills.
Embrace these traditional, sociable folk dances and prepare for an energetic afternoon of fun! Galloping, spinning, threading, work with your partner to learn sequences of dance movements to music. Develop your dance skills, increase your fitness and gain confidence whilst exploring dance heritage, from the past and present.
Have you ever thought to combine Ballet and HipHop? In these upbeat sessions, you will explore the similarities and differences between these two dance styles and learn the unique dance skills for each. By the end of this programme, you will have created a performance piece that combines both individual styles. This dance group promotes all-round health and wellbeing in an engaging, expressive and original way.
Design and Technology
What will you create? In these sessions you will plan, design and construct your own, purposeful, interesting product to share with family and friends. You will research, generate templates and mock-ups, perfect your designs, learn shaping and joining skills to create your project as well as evaluate and amend your work like a true project designer.
Acting can teach much more than just how to remember lines. When you’re performing, you’re discovering yourself and stretching your capabilities. In these sessions you will be exploring different genres, acting skills and learning scripts all the while, building your self-esteem and confidence to perform center stage. This engaging, creative subject will build your child’s literacy skills and is a powerful tool for personal development.
Master your passing, dribbling and shooting skills in this fun, sociable sport. You will learn to control your body and develop key skills such as balance, strength, coordination, movement, speed and agility. Physical activity plays a monumental role in your child’s education and football promotes all-round health and wellbeing where topics such as resilience, diversity, self-esteem and fair-play will be actively promoted.
These learner inspired sessions encourage you to explore the natural environment in a hands-on way where you take the lead. From den building to whittling, bug hotel construction to clay play, your confidence will grow as you problem-solve and learn how to safely manage risks right in our own Epping Forest!
Where basketball meets football! This Olympic sport will help you hone in on your hand eye coordination through passing, catching and scoring. Who will master the jump shot first? Whether you play as an attacker, defender or goalkeeper, this fast, exciting sport will promote all-round health and wellbeing where topics such as resilience, diversity, self-esteem and fair-play will be actively promoted.
This martial art stems from thousands of years of combat techniques that are still being perfected now. To master this sport, you will train your body and your mind. These sessions will not only teach you the skills for kicks, strikes and blocks but will also train your brain to calm, concentrate and focus.
Calling all young, creative builders! Through playing and exploring with these colourful bricks, not only will your child develop their problem solving skills, they will also improve their hand’s fine motor skills, a dexterity linked to improved handwriting. Learn how to follow instructions, plan out your creation, use your imagination and most of all have fun!
Welcoming all Woodside journalists! Come and develop your writing skills and build your interviewing techniques in these engaging, literacy expanding sessions. You will be investigating and reporting on current events around our Woodside community, questioning a range of people, taking photographs and finally typing up your completed newspaper articles to be published. Watch your writing take on a style of it’s own as you learn the skills to engage your readers.
Learn to communicate your ideas through colour and mark-making. Mix colours together to try new combinations and explore with the paint and colour. Develop your fine motor skills by handling brushes and various painting tools. In these sessions, not only will you learn the skills and techniques to create your own artwork, you will also be given the space and encouragement to fully express yourself and grow as a creative, independent thinker.
A good photo can tell a story, express your creativity and document both big and small moments from your life in a way that only you can capture. You will be learning how to create incredible images that are uniquely yours in your own photobook. From camera mechanics to framing, lighting to composition, in these sessions you will learn the skills to become a great photographer!
Pause, breath and be in the moment. Recenter and refocus your mind whilst building your body’s core strength and athletic abilities. These split sessions are designed to support your mental well-being whilst improving your general fitness. Your strength, flexibility, coordination and concentration will be developed alongside managing anxiety, stress building motivation and self- worth. Skills and attitudes that will enable your success in and beyond the classroom.
Get your helmets and strap on your skates! Whether you’re a beginner or a more experienced roller-skater, these sessions will guarantee fun for all. With complete protective gear you’ll learn how to safely balance and move your body with growing speed and agility. Once you’ve mastered the safe fall onto your protected knees, you’ll be whizzing around the playground in no time!
This is more than just a useful skill for your wardrobe or home. A needle and a thread can become an art skill in its own right. In these sessions, you will be guided through all aspects of sewing and embroidery from performing basic stitches and functions to creating personalised, fabric projects or customising items with your newfound skillset.
Spanish Performing Arts
In these sessions, you will explore the performing arts through the vibrant, passionate Spanish culture. It brings together many art forms such as acting, dance and music whilst celebrating the history and diversity of this country. You will explore famous Spanish plays and develop your performing art skills with Spanish language incorporated throughout the sessions.
Welcome Woodside scientists! Are you ready for mind blowing experiments and fascinating investigations? Groovy lava lamps, mysterious gloop, hovering butterflies, foaming mini monsters and even a raincloud in a jar! We will be exploring scientific concepts whilst developing our analytical and evaluating skills by questioning the world around us. Why do reactions happen? How can magnets move without touching? What stops us from floating around?