Our curriculum enrichment programme at Sir Thomas Abney ensures that all our children have a priority time during which they can develop their social and emotional health, physical skills and learning. We combine the talents of others from outside of the school with the talents of staff within the school and work together to provide a wide range of opportunities for pupils to learn, develop and enjoy new skills and experiences.
Visitors who work in school include local artists, writers and musicians. Visiting theatre groups are regularly invited to entertain pupils in school. The local council provides opportunities for children to learn cycling proficiency during the school day and the London Chess Challenge provides coaching after school.
The Wider World
Our pupils are encouraged to explore and develop awareness of their wider community and the world around them. We often work in collaboration with other local schools on creative projects and competitive sporting events.
Children raise money for various charities and participate in activities and workshops during Anti-Bullying week, Black History month and other similar initiatives that help to develop social and emotional health.
Learning Outside the Classroom is an important part of learning and development at STA therefore regular educational visits are arranged to complement the curriculum. We are fortunate to have access to some fantastic local facilities including the neighbouring East Reservoir, the Wildlife Trust Educational Centre and the Hackney Museum on our doorstep. Pupils also visit museums and attractions such as the Imperial War Museum, British Museum, London Zoo and many other places of interest. Being in the Olympic borough of Hackney we are also lucky and excited to have taken part in 2012 Olympic events.
Each year children in Years 4, 5 and 6 have the opportunity to go on a residential visit. This year’s group of pupils will spend an exciting, fun-packed five days at Condover Hall in Shropshire and a three day camping trip to Lambourne End in Essex.
The highest standards of behaviour are expected at all times, and when children are outside the school they are expected to behave appropriately as good ambassadors for our school community. We are always pleased to hear positive comments about our pupils’ good behaviour and spirit when they are learning outside the school.
Music is an integral part of our curriculum. The school employs a specialist Music teacher to teach Music to all classes in the school. All children in key stage two are encouraged to learn to play one or more musical instruments and to participate in concerts at school and borough-wide music events. We have a number of talented and inspirational music tutors who provide tuition during the school day. We also offer after-school music clubs and host the weekly Hackney Samba Bateria attended by children from across the borough.
For further information about the Music Provision please click here: Music at Sir Thomas Abney
Encouraging children to lead a active, healthy lifestyle is a priority at Sir Thomas Abney. Within the curriculum all children have two hours each week timetabled for Physical Education (PE).
In addition to PE, we have plenty of different sporting activities and games on offer to help all children to keep fit and healthy. Our school teams participate in borough sporting events and inter-school competitions and we have a range of sports activities outside school hours for children who enjoy football, athletics, tennis and much more.
For a detailed record of PE provision and how we use the PE and Sport Grant please click here.
For an evaluation of how the PE and Sport Grant was used in 2015-16 please click here.
STA pupils can participate in and enjoy a range of after school clubs and activities. A small charge may be required for some clubs and some have a waiting list for places. Please enquire at the school office for details and latest information about our clubs and activities.
After School Clubs (Spring Term 2017)
To apply for any of the following clubs please click here. Closing date for applications is Friday 6th January 2017.
|Monday||Chess||3 to 6||Chess club is for those children who can already play chess, but would like to improve their skills. Playing chess improves critical thinking and logical reasoning, as well as Improving problem solving, concentration and numeracy.|
|Turkish Culture and Language||3 to 6||The Turkish Embassy run a ‘Turkish Language and Culture’ club for children who have a basic understanding of the Turkish language. Not for non-Turkish speakers.|
|Tuesday||Multi Skills||Reception||Children take part in a variety of group play and team building exercises.|
|Music||1 & 2||The club is designed to engage children’s natural love of songs, instruments, movement, and imaginative play with age-appropriate activities that introduce early music concepts.|
|Arts & Crafts||3 & 4||Creative activities using a variety of materials, enhancing the creative and fine motor skills of the children.|
|Football||5 & 6||The aim of this club is to provide a fun session of football, building on listening and motor skills.|
|Wednesday||Drama||1 & 2||An opportunity for children to tell stories through drama games and performance. This will be good for developing confidence, co-operative and creative skills.|
|Cookery||2 & 3||The aim of the club is to introduce children to cooking techniques and healthy meal options that they can easily create themselves.|
|Fencing||4 to 6||Fencing is a fun safe sport for all boys and girls. It does not only help improve fitness and physical ability, it also helps improve concentration, self-discipline, problem solving, courtesy, decision making, confidence and listening skills to name but a few.|
|Thursday||Music||0Reception||The club is designed to engage children’s natural love of songs, instruments, movement, and imaginative play with age-appropriate activities that introduce early music concepts.|
|Arts & Crafts||1 & 2||Creative activities using a variety of materials, enhancing the creative and fine motor skills of the children.|
|Gymnastics||1 to 3||This fun gymnastics class is for boys and girls of all abilities using an array of equipment as well as games and team activities. The aim is to develop their co-ordination, strength, flexibility and confidence.|
|Cycling||3 & 4||The aim of the 6 week course is to teach children basic cycling skills in preparation for more formal cycle training when they get to Year 5. If your child does not have their own bike we can provide one, however, we have a limited number of bikes to use.|
|Code||5 & 6||Children will learn how to set up codes using a computer programme called Scratch to create games and animations.|
|Friday||Football||1 & 2||The aim of this club is to provide a fun session of football, building on listening and motor skills.|
|Multi Skills||3 & 4||Children take part in a variety of group play and team building exercises.|
Early Birds’ and Twilight Clubs
Sir Thomas Abney ‘Early Birds’ breakfast club provides an ideal opportunity for children to begin the start of the day with a delicious and nutritious breakfast. The club is open each morning from 8am-8.55am Mondays to Fridays (term time only) where breakfast is served and children are able to enjoy a range of games. A member of the team will escort the children to the playgrounds or class rooms ready to begin the school day.
There is a charge of £1.00 per child per session. Should you need more information contact the school office on 02088001411 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
The Twilight Club, Sir Thomas Abney’s after school club, offers fantastic and creative play led by a friendly, caring and experienced play team. It is an affordable after-school provision for working or studying parents.
The club is open every day from 3.15pm-5.45pm Monday to Fridays (term time only). There is a charge of £7.00 per child per session. This includes a healthy, nutritious snack. (There are some places for children in receipt of free school meals at a concessionary charge of £5.00)
Our emphasis is on child centred play and we offer a range of activities, games and resources which stimulate, encourage and support children in their play. We are dedicated to ensuring every child’s safety and happiness. For more information on availability of places please contact the main office.
For a timetable of activities available to the children at the Twilight Club, please click here