Extra Curricular Activities, Clubs & Trips
The school offers a wealth of age-appropriate extra-curricular clubs after school. Many of these clubs are run by our own talented staff. They range from the quieter pursuits such as Chess and Board Games to the more rigorous Hockey and Rugby for the older children. These clubs are free of charge. In addition, external tutors provide specialist tuition in more unusual pursuits such as Judo, Drama and Street Dance (for these clubs a termly charge applies). Each term the clubs provision varies and a Winter club such as ICT may find itself replaced by Ecology/Gardening as the weather warms up. In short, the school offers something for everyone and caters for all tastes and preferences.
For those children who enjoy the performing arts there are annual productions for each year group and the chance to take part in individual peripatetic music lessons too. There really is something for everyone within our School "family".
Day Trips and Residentials
Every term each year group will set off on a day trip which complements their academic studies within the classroom. The trip differs in purpose and style appropriate for that age group. Nursery and Reception children for example, learn best with a 'hands-on' approach and thoroughly enjoy trips to destinations such as Bockett's Farm where they can get to grips with the fruit and vegetables and learn how they grow. Other trips include educational visits to museums and theatres, and additionally, theatre companies and authors also visit the children at the School.
Sometimes we organise 'extra trips' as a result of the personal interests of the children, such as attending choir events or theatre performances and once a year the whole school goes out together, 'just for fun', to a local pantomime.
Art at Chessington Lodge places the emphasis on learning and fun, whilst guiding each child to reach their full potential. All pupils have a weekly double Art lesson together with the option to participate in an after school club which runs from 3.00pm until 3.30pm. Examples of the types of artists studied and followed within the curriculum include: Kandinsky, Pollock, Klee, Matisse and Magritte.
Each half term, framed Art work will be taken to Bourne Hall Health Centre for the local community to enjoy. At the end of the academic year we are proud to open our Art Exhibition which takes place after Prize giving in Glyn House Hall.
Music plays an active role in Chessington Lodge and children are offered a number of musical opportunities. All pupils have a weekly music lesson in which they learn how to recognise instruments; read basic notation and perform and compose music on a variety of instruments. They are also exposed to different genres of music through listening and appraising activities. In addition to this, they have a weekly singing lesson where they learn and practise hymns and songs.
Once children reach Year 1, they can join a number of extra-curricular activities including Choir, Ukulele Band, Percussion Club and Recorder Club. We also have visiting peripatetic piano and violin teachers who offer individual lessons to children in Years 1 and 2.
We have a number of assemblies and productions throughout the academic year in which all pupils are able to showcase any musical pieces they have been working on.