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What Other Learning Opportunities Might The School Provide?

School trips

In the early years at primary school, any organised trips are likely to be day trips, often to a museum or gallery. They are not compulsory but they are intended to support your child’s learning and can be a great deal of fun for pupils. You will usually be asked to sign a form giving your permission. There may be a small cost for fares or entrance fees and you might have to provide a packed lunch.

Some schools organise a residential trip within the UK in the final year of primary school (Year 6). There is normally a cost involved.

Schools don’t want children to be excluded from the learning opportunities provided by school trips, so they sometimes offer financial assistance for parents who have difficulty meeting the costs.

Out-of-class activities

Your child’s school may organise extra activities after school or at weekends. They might include clubs devoted to special interests such as sport, computers, chess, art, etc. They are usually free, or a small fee might be charged to cover the cost of materials. Some schools also have activities such as football (often run by parents) at weekends.

In addition to clubs, many schools have other supervised activities at the beginning and end of the school day. There might be breakfast clubs that start at 8.00am and after-school playschemes or homework clubs up to 6.00pm. There may also be after-school activities in youth clubs or community centres. There will usually be a charge.

With its Extended Schools programme, the government wants all schools to offer extra activities from at least 8.00am to 6.00pm by the year 2010.

If you’re working, you’ll need to find out what arrangements you’ll need to make if you can’t pick your child up at the end of the normal school day.