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Primary Enrichment Programme: Spring 2024

We offer an exciting and comprehensive range of one-day activities for children in Key Stage 2 (Years 3-6) across the autumn, spring and summer term. Our latest programme of events now includes a small selection of after-school clubs, enabling enrichment opportunities to continue beyond the end of the school day.

Our aim has always been to create an environment in which children can immerse themselves in collaborative and inspiring activities; to develop new and existing skills and interests; to feel motivated by practical, hands-on learning; and to meet other like-minded children, all within the context of a Higher Education setting. 

Our Pupils

We welcome Key Stage 2 children from every background, from state education to home schooling. Our workshops are especially suited to those who demonstrate a particular interest or skill in a subject. We are committed to supporting the participation of pupils in receipt of Pupil Premium funding and welcome you to get in touch with us to discuss applying for a free place. 

Pupil Safety

All children participating in our events are supervised by a member of our team. All activities undergo a rigorous risk assessment, and we have fully trained first aiders on site. Tutors are DBS checked. 

How to book

Our courses are £35 each, unless indicated otherwise in the brochure / course information tab.  Two free places per term are available to those from low income or Pupil Premium backgrounds.  For individuals wishing to apply for a free place please contact us at: [email protected]

School Absence

If attending this course means that your child will be missing school, please follow their absence procedures. Authorised absence cannot be assumed. 

Additional information

If you require further information, including what to bring on the day, please click on the event and then on the More info tab.

Primary Enrichment Programme: Spring 2024

Solar panel, with wind turbine in the background, behind that sun, coming through the clouds

SPR24/05 - YR5&6 - Science - The 21st Century Energy Challenge

Description

Date: Friday 23rd February; 9:30am – 3:30pm (please arrive by 9:15am)

Age Range: Year 5 and 6

Cost: £38

 

Course description:

 

We hear a lot about the cost of energy on the news, and this highly topical course is suitable for pupils with an open mind who enjoy finding out about different possible solutions to a problem.


What do we need energy for? Why is it getting so expensive? What can be done about it? What hasenergy got to do with climate change?


We shall explore the answers to these questions as we find out about different energy sources and their pros and cons. Take part in a mini public enquiry to find a possible solution to the energy problem for a village in Devon. All you need is an open-mind and you will have the chance to participate and say what you think!


Energy is an important concept in all the science disciplines. We shall explore the various possibilities of providing the energy that we need for modern everyday life. This science day reaches beyond the requirements of the National Curriculum at KS2 and gives pupils the opportunity to learn and form their own views on a range of issues. This will provide a valuable foundation for Key Stages 3 and 4 Materials will include written information of suitable reading age.

Attendee CategoryCost   
A) Pupil (Standard Rate)£38.00[Read More]
B) Free school meals/pupil premium£0.00[Read More]
C) School block booking (by invoice)£0.00[Read More]
Art picture, collage

SPR24/06 - YR5&6 - Art and Design - Cool Cubism with Collage

Description

Date: Friday 23rd February; 9:30am – 3:30pm (please arrive by 9:15am)

Age Range: Year 5 and 6

Cost: £38

 

Course description:

 

Delve into the wonderful world of Cubism!


On this course the children will explore the Cubist movement in art history, looking at artists such as Picasso, Braques and Delaunay. We will observe and discuss how cubist paintings were created and why.


Children will learn new skills in composition,observational drawing skills and develop their use of space and colour.


We will incorporate the use of collage into our work, using a range of materials to create a Cubistinspired, mixed-media final piece.


Children are welcome to bring in any special paper they might like to incorporate into their artwork e.g. newspaper, patterned or handmade paper.

Attendee CategoryCost   
A) Pupil (Standard Rate)£38.00[Read More]
B) Free school meals/pupil premium£0.00[Read More]
C) School block booking (by invoice)£0.00[Read More]
The giant peach, with James and the other creatures on top.

SPR24/07 - YR5&6 - Drama: Splendiferous Roald Dahl - 'James and The Giant Peach'

Description

Date: Saturday 24th February; 9:30am – 3:30pm (please arrive by 9:15am)

Age Range: Year 5 and 6

Cost: £38

 

Course description:

 

Would you like to develop your drama skills as we dive into the wonderful world of Roald Dahl’s ‘James and the Giant Peach’?


In this fun-filled, interactive workshop we will bring this eccentric and witty story to life using drama techniques such as hot-seating, tableau work, physical theatre and much more.


We will look at the stage productions of The Lion King and Warhorse to see how props have been used to enhance a story, before having a go at recreating our own flock of seagulls.


The day will culminate in an opportunity to draw together the skills acquired throughout the day to perform extracts from the text.


This workshop is suitable for all children who love story telling, exploring characters, and working together. All you need is your imagination and a willingness to have a go!

Attendee CategoryCost   
A) Pupil (Standard Rate)£38.00[Read More]
B) Free school meals/pupil premium£0.00[Read More]
C) School block booking (by invoice)£0.00[Read More]
Stone Gargoyle looking down from the top of a building.

SPR24/08 - YR5&6 - Humanities with Art: Fantastic Gargoyles and where to find them

Description

Date: Saturday 24th February; 9:30am – 3:30pm (please arrive by 9:15am)

Age Range: Year 5 and 6

Cost: £38

 

Course description:

 

Are you interested in finding out about these curious carvings and statues?


The day begins with a brief look at Exeter Cathedral, including the location and some key historical facts. The children will build a sketch book of their ideas throughout the day, noting down important information and sketching observations. In this exploration, we will focus on the Gargoyles. They will learn about their function and origin.


The children can investigate famous buildings from around the world and find examples of gargoyles. From this research, the children will spend some time sketching the many different types. They will focus on expressions and find out some of the stories behind the carvings.


The afternoon session will allow the children to create their own clay gargoyle. They will learn how to use the clay to make models, including joining and moulding techniques. Along with their sketch book pages, the children will be able to take home their finished model, to continue drying with the potential to add paint.


Children will need to wear clothes they don’t mind getting dirty and bring a small box / container to transport their clay home, to dry.

Attendee CategoryCost   
A) Pupil (Standard Rate)£38.00[Read More]
C) School block booking (by invoice)£0.00[Read More]
Piece of paper with a drawing of a panda, with a crown, the crown has a light in it.

SPR24/09 - YR3&4 - ICT - Crumble Creations: Being Creative with Electronics

Description

Date: Saturday 24th February; 9:30am – 3:30pm (please arrive by 9:15am)

Age Range: Year 3 and 4

Cost: £38

 

Course description:

 

Over the course of the day, you create designs that can be controlled by a Crumble controller using electronic components such as buttons, buzzers, motors and LEDs. Being able to overcome challenges and being a great problem solver will prepare you for this course.


Aspects of the KS2 Computing National Curriculum that this course works towards include the following: 

 

• design, write and debug programs that accomplish specific goals, including controlling or simulating physical systems; solve problems by decomposing them into smaller parts


• use sequence, selection, and repetition in programs; work with variables and various
forms of input and output

 

• use logical reasoning to explain how some simple algorithms work and to detect and
correct

 

 This course will be perfect for you if you are artistic, like drawing and have a good sense of imagination.

 

No prior experience of using a crumble controller of using electronic components for programming is required, but an interest in electronics and computing is essential.

Attendee CategoryCost   
A) Pupil (Standard Rate)£38.00[Read More]
B) Free school meals/pupil premium£0.00[Read More]
C) School block booking (by invoice)£0.00[Read More]
Image of Hieroglyphs

SPR24/10 - YR5&6 - Humanities - Cracking the Egyptian code - Hieroglyphs!

Description

Date: Monday 26th February; 9:30am – 3:30pm (please arrive by 9:15am)

Age Range: Year 5 and 6

Cost: £38

 

Course description:

 

The ancient Egyptians were an amazing group of people who developed a writing system called hieroglyphs.


On this day, we will travel back in time to the ancient pyramids and investigate the Rosetta Stone which was a key to unlocking the Egyptians' ancient language. We will learn to read and write hieroglyphs and create our own papyrus and ink.


By the end of the day you will have a beautiful array of hieroglyphic writing and a new-found writing skill.


This day is perfect for children who like history, art and language.

Attendee CategoryCost   
A) Pupil (Standard Rate)£38.00[Read More]
B) Free school meals/pupil premium£0.00[Read More]
C) School block booking (by invoice)£0.00[Read More]
Kids looking at a experiment in a class room.

SPR24/11 - YR3&4 - Science - Science Detective Day!

Description

Date: Tuesday 27th February; 9:30am – 3:30pm (please arrive by 9:15am)

Age Range: Year 3 and 4

Cost: £38

 

Course description:

 

Come and find out how scientists solve lots of problems such as:


• What is this white powder?


• Is this water pure?


• Where does this rock come from?


• Is this metal magnetic?


• Whose fingerprint is this?


• Which pen does this ink come from?


It’s not as hard as you may think and you can learn how to do it too!


We will be doing lots of practical activities and even using Bunsen burners! This science day gives pupils a chance to carry out observations and practical tasks in a modern laboratory using a range of scientific apparatus with safety in mind at all times.


Instructions will be given in a way that does not rely on advanced reading skills.


It is hoped that these activities will encourage an interest in Science which will be stand pupils in good stead for future years at school.

Attendee CategoryCost   
A) Pupil (Standard Rate)£38.00[Read More]
B) Free school meals/pupil premium£0.00[Read More]
C) School block booking (by invoice)£0.00[Read More]
Magnifying glass, looking at codes on a piece of paper

SPR24/12 - YR4 - Maths - Code Breakers: Be a Spymaster!

Description

Date: Tuesday 27th February; 9:30am – 3:30pm (please arrive by 9:15am)

Age Range: Year 4

Cost: £38

 

Course description:

 

Come and be a Maths Detective for the day!


This workshop encourages pupils to use their investigation skills to solve a range of mathematical problems with a focus on code-breaking.


We will explore, analyse and break a range of codes from historical to modern day times, and consider a range of everyday contexts for their use.


Emphasis will be placed on working collaboratively to share ideas and ‘sift through clues’. Pupils will also be encouraged to analyse what makes a good cypher, and to generate their own codes for others to solve.


During the course pupils will:


• Analyse a range of different cyphers


• Create coded messages and decipher others’ messages


• Work collaboratively as a team to race to break a series of ‘Top Secret’ coded messages.

 

This course is suitable for children who love problem solving and who are fascinated by secret codes. You do not need any previous experience of codebreaking – just an enquiring mind!

Attendee CategoryCost   
A) Pupil (Standard Rate)£38.00[Read More]
B) Free school meals/pupil premium£0.00[Read More]
C) School block booking (by invoice)£0.00[Read More]
Magnifying glass, looking at codes on a piece of paper

SPR24/13 - YR5&6 - Art and Design - Mono printing art from nature

Description

Date: Wednesday 28th February; 9:30am – 3:30pm (please arrive by 9:15am)

Age Range: Year 5 and 6

Cost: £40

 

Course description:

 

An absorbing day of mono-printing from the hedgerow, using water mixable oil paints, gelli
plates, collage, pen and pencil drawing techniques.


Allie will guide the children through composition, plant structure and colour choices to create beautiful works of Art.


This course is suitable for children who enjoy a calm space and are quite dextrous - once the basic process is learnt, this can easily be continued at home or in the classroom.


A large print and a set of cards will be the outcome to take home at the end of the day.


This is a small workshop with a maximum capacity of 10 children so pupils will enjoy lots of individual input and feedback. This workshop takes place in the university’s art studio.

Attendee CategoryCost   
A) Pupil (Standard Rate)£40.00[Read More]
B) Free school meals/pupil premium£0.00[Read More]
C) School block booking (by invoice)£0.00[Read More]
Octopus floating in a blue sea.

SPR24/14 - YR5&6 - Literacy and Humanities - We are the Ocean

Description

Date: Wednesday 28th February; 9:30am – 3:30pm (please arrive by 9:15am)

Age Range: Year 5 and 6

Cost: £38

 

Course description:

 

The Schools Across the Ocean programme, led by the University of Exeter, and which took children's voices to COP28. This is a chance for children in Devon to experience this amazing programme in this one-day workshop.


During the day, we will connect with the natural environment through film, music and words and engage with art to inspire hope and action.


We will be working with a marine climate scientist to find out how the oceans are affected by the changing climate and learn about the diverse seagrass ecosystems that are not far from Exeter. There will be plenty of time to ask the questions about the ocean that matter to you and to get answers from a science expert.


In the afternoon we will become astronauts and deep-sea divers, using our new-found ocean
knowledge to create messages and poems for our world and our one ocean.


This is your chance for your voice to be heard! Come and join our inspiring and exciting project! You can see the work of children who have already worked on this project at our website. Schools Across The Ocean · GreenFutures (exeter.ac.uk)

Attendee CategoryCost   
A) Pupil (Standard Rate)£38.00[Read More]
B) Free school meals/pupil premium£0.00[Read More]
C) School block booking (by invoice)£0.00[Read More]
Dice stacked with numbers and sums on, with dice in the background blurred.

SPR24/15 - YR5&6 - Maths - Brainteaser Conundrums!

Description

Date: Friday 1st March; 9:30am – 3:30pm (please arrive by 9:15am)

Age Range: Year 5 and 6

Cost: £38

 

Course description:

 

Throughout the day, children will work through a series of challenging puzzles that will have more than one solution and more than one way of solving them.


The children will develop their ability in thinking systemically. It is designed to help them use their calculation knowledge in different ways. In the afternoon we will look at a variety of shape and graph puzzles to hone our skills of visualisation.


This day links to the National Curriculum statement: solve problems involving multiplication and division including using their knowledge of factors and multiples, squares and cubes and a combination of these.


The children will solve puzzles that have different numerical answers, logic puzzles, shape puzzles with a link to fractions and a coordinate puzzle.


This course is suitable for children who enjoy solving puzzles. You will need to work systematically and be open to using different approaches. The children will be using their calculation skills. We will be also looking at shape puzzles so the ability to be able to
visualise things will be useful.

Attendee CategoryCost   
A) Pupil (Standard Rate)£38.00[Read More]
B) Free school meals/pupil premium£0.00[Read More]
C) School block booking (by invoice)£0.00[Read More]
3d City plan on a black background

SPR24/16 - YR3 - Maths - 'Gnomeland' - Design a Village

Description

Date: Friday 1st March; 9:30am – 3:30pm (please arrive by 9:15am)

Age Range: Year 3

Cost: £38

 

Course description:

 

Come and explore the role of a town planner.


There are gnomes in many gardens who desperately need well-designed homes, who might like to live in a village community.


This course will explore aspects of geometry, money and costings, an initial exploration of area and perimeter and drawing plans.


Pupils will be encouraged to work collaboratively and systematically to find all possible answers. They will also use mathematical reasoning and problem solving in a ‘real-life’ scenario.


The course is ideal for pupils who enjoy mathematical challenges and problem solving. An
enjoyment of number and also 2D and 3D shape will be beneficial.

Attendee CategoryCost   
A) Pupil (Standard Rate)£38.00[Read More]
B) Free school meals/pupil premium£0.00[Read More]
C) School block booking (by invoice)£0.00[Read More]
Spring Flowers, with blurred trees in the background

SPR24/17 - YR3&4 - Creative Writing - Spring Fever!

Description

Date: Saturday 2nd March; 9:30am – 3:30pm (please arrive by 9:15am)

Age Range: Year 3 and 4

Cost: £38

 

Course description:

 

Let’s celebrate the coming of Spring! We will read Spring poetry and prose written by some of the best children’s authors. We will look at how Spring arrives in different books and poems.


We will personify spring and write our own poetry about what she does and what magical powers she brings to the world. We will go outside and personify the natural world using imagery to bring our writing to life. We will personify flowers, leaves, the sky, the earth the animals and give them all a voice.


We will use drama techniques to perform extracts from literature.


This course is suitable for budding writers and those that enjoy being creative and dipping their toes into poetry, drama and creative writing.

Attendee CategoryCost   
A) Pupil (Standard Rate)£38.00[Read More]
B) Free school meals/pupil premium£0.00[Read More]
C) School block booking (by invoice)£0.00[Read More]
Animated picture of a Tortoise with a bird on it's shell and landscape in the background

SPR24/18 - YR3&4 - Science through Storytelling: Explore the Galapogas Island

Description

Date: Saturday 2nd March; 9:30am – 3:30pm (please arrive by 9:15am)

Age Range: Year 3 and 4

Cost: £38

 

Course description:

 

Meet the author of ‘Tessa the Giant Tortoise’ and explore and share the journey of Tessa as she makes her annual migration on the Galapagos Islands. We will discover challenges she faces on her journey and the people who help her along the way. Lots of games and fun activities support learning, including ‘spot the species,’ a ‘migration hazards’ board game and team quiz. Pupils will learn about how GPS technology is used to track these giant reptiles and will design their own tortoise tracker systems.

Further links to the Science National Curriculum are made when we learn about adaptation and why tortoises on different islands have different shaped shells. We will design and make our own clay tortoise shells and make a life-size giant tortoise.

Tessa the Giant tortoise: A Galapagos Journey is part of a trilogy of books written by the Galapagos Conservation Trust to connect children with nature and tell the stories of the migration of some of the islands’ iconic species.

This storytelling and science workshop is designed for children who have a curious mind and enjoy learning about the natural world and the animals we share it with.  Year 3 reading age would be helpful.

There will be the opportunity to buy a signed copy of the book at the end of the day – please bring £10 cash if you would like to purchase a copy. All money raised will go directly to  

https://galapagosconservation.org.uk/

Attendee CategoryCost   
A) Pupil (Standard Rate)£38.00[Read More]
B) Free school meals/pupil premium£0.00[Read More]
C) School block booking (by invoice)£0.00[Read More]
Child, coding on a computer.

SPR24/19 - YR5&6 - ICT - Design and Make Your Own Video Game with Kodu

Description

Date: Saturday 2nd March; 9:30am – 3:30pm (please arrive by 9:15am)

Age Range: Year 5 and 6

Cost: £38

 

Course description:

 

Kodu is a visual programming language which allows you to easily build your own 3D video game by joining blocks of code together. You will start by learning the basics of Kodu through completing a series of challenges. Next you will learn about what makes a good game before planning your own. You will design your game world on paper before combining all your new knowledge and skills to create a fun and exciting game.


As well as testing and debugging your own game, you will also get the chance to play some of the other games made during the day. Aspects of the KS2 Computing National Curriculum that this course works towards include the following:


• use sequence, selection, and repetition in programs


• design, write and debug programs that accomplish specific goals; solve problems by
decomposing them into smaller parts


• use logical reasoning to explain how some simple algorithms work and to detect and
correct errors in algorithms and programs.

 

If you are creative and enjoy working with computers, this course is suitable for you. An interest in coding or prior experience with of using Kodu is helpful but not required as support will be available to help everyone access the learning and have fun creating a video game.

Attendee CategoryCost   
A) Pupil (Standard Rate)£38.00[Read More]
B) Free school meals/pupil premium£0.00[Read More]
C) School block booking (by invoice)£0.00[Read More]
Cartoon, showing a flying machine, with different inventions hanging off it.

SPR24/20 - YR3&4 - History and DT: A Beginner's Guide to Inventions

Description

Date: Wednesday 6th March; 9:30am – 3:30pm (please arrive by 9:15am)

Age Range: Year 3 and 4

Cost: £38

 

Course description:

 

From Leonardo da Vinci's flying machines to Mr Kellogg’s accidental discovery of the cornflake, the world is brimming full of inventions – some lifechanging, some just plain whacky! In this workshop, children will be invited to learn some of the stories behind these famous makers and their inventions.


We will reflect on how inventions have evolved in response to the needs of the time, from the first compass through to x-rays and the internet. Children will explore optical illusions and moving pictures by making their own thaumatropes and zoetropes to understand the origins of animation.


We will be inspired by Wallace and Gromit’s ‘Cracking Contraptions’, the wonderful breakfast
machine in the film ‘Chitty Chitty Bang Bang’, and the brilliant artwork of Heath Robinson and Ronald Searle, to sketch and design our own bonkers inventions.


So, if your child enjoys inventing, drawing and making, then we would love to welcome then!

Attendee CategoryCost   
A) Pupil (Standard Rate)£38.00[Read More]
B) Free school meals/pupil premium£0.00[Read More]
C) School block booking (by invoice)£0.00[Read More]