Enhanced Curriculum and Activities
The junior school offer a wide variety of extra-curricular activities throughout the school year. At Bedstone, we believe it is outside the classroom where our junior school students can really develop their skills and confidence.
Three times each week there are enriched curriculum sessions from 4pm until the buses depart. While not compulsory, those children who do stay have the opportunity to engage in a whole raft of activities such as receiving expert tennis coaching, experiencing Tai Chi, learning sign language, participating in our renowned Forest School, undertaking arts and crafts and more besides. As part of the extra-curricular activities, music lessons are available at a small cost, with specialist teachers coming into Bedstone to teach those students. These lessons can be taken during the school day, with a mixture of times available to ensure students do not miss the same lessons each week.
Junior 1 (Reception to Year 2) organise a Harvest Festival in the Old Hall (within Bedstone Court) each year, parents and relatives are invited to join students at this event. Each year, the junior school hold a cross country event, where over 20 local primary schools attend to compete on Bedstone’s famous cross country course, this is a fantastic day for our junior students! The junior school produce an annual drama performance, directed and produced by Ms Crabtree (Junior 2 teacher). This is a real opportunity for students to experience performing in front of an audience and working as a team.
As part of the Junior 3 (Year 5) end-of-term arrangements, Mrs Richards traditionally arranges a spy day where students create their own spy cards, dress and act like spies, cracking codes.
Junior 4 (Year 6), visit Manor Adventure for three days towards the end of June, this allows the students to gain a real experience of the outdoors away from home. Junior 4 also have the opportunity to take part in “Bikeability” which takes place during the summer term as well as attending Crucial Crew for the day. As part of the transition between junior and senior school, Junior 4 are given the opportunity to attend first form for the day during the summer term. This is an annual event during which Junior 4 can experience senior school life, taking part in academic lessons, sport and senior extra-curricular activities. It really helps prepare children from Bedstone or other schools considering joining the senior school, developing their confidence and leaving them typically happy and excited about coming up into Year 7.