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Introduction to enrichment at the school
At Hornchurch High School ‘Excellence for All’ does not just stop with traditional examination learning. It is vitally important that each student gains the knowledge and experience to make them a well-rounded individual ready for the next stage of their development. To help us achieve this aim, the school runs a comprehensive programme which is available to all students. This booklet will take you through all these opportunities so you can help support your child in their personal development.
Listed below are the main areas (outside of normal lessons) where students will gain knowledge and experience. Further information is provided throughout this document.
- Form time
- Wellbeing lesson (year 9 only)
- Drop down days
- Extra-curricular activities
- Leadership programme
Form time is a dedicated 25-minute period at the start of each day that helps to guide the students through their personal development at the school. Every year group follows a timetable of activities with set tasks and resources which are delivered through their form tutor. Below is the timetable for each year group followed by a short description of each activity.
Form time curriculum content 2019/20
|Key themes||Living in a wider world||Relationships||Health and Wellbeing|
|Wk beginning||Topic of the week||Student development||Department assembly|
|9th September||Tolerance and Respect|
|30th September||Sex and Relationships|
|7th October||Family and friendship||Science|
|14th October||Safety online|
|28th October||Managing Loss|
|4th November||Sex and Relationships|
|11th November||Mental Health|
|25th November||Disability and Equality|
|2nd December||Religion & Faith|
|9th December||D D D (13th Dec)|
|Christmas||Living in the wider world||Initiative|
|6th January||Who governs Britain?|
|13th January||Waste and Recycling||Geography|
|20th January||British Values|
|27th January||Money matters||Maths|
|3rd February||Court and Law|
|10th February||Refugees & immigration||MFL|
|Half term||Living in the wider world||E-safety|
|24th February||Careers||DT & Art|
|2nd March||Human rights|
|23rd March||Street smart/Gangs|
|30th March||D D D (2nd April)|
|Easter||Health and Wellbeing||Healthy Body|
|4th May||Drugs and Addiction|
|11th May||First Aid|
|18th May||Sex and Relationships|
|Half term||Health and Well being||Healthy Mind|
|1st June||Health and the media||ICT|
|8th June||Dealing with stress|
|15th June||Looking after your health|
|22nd June||Mental Health|
|29th June||Making a change|
|6th July||Drop down day 10th July|
|Year 7||Year 8||Year 9||Year 10||Year 11|
|Monday||Topic of the week||Topic of the week||Topic of the week||Assembly||Topic of the week|
|Tuesday||General knowledge Quiz||General knowledge Quiz||Assembly||Topic of the week||General knowledge Quiz|
|Wednesday||Assembly||Knowledge Organiser/Literacy||General knowledge Quiz||General knowledge Quiz||Knowledge Organiser/Literacy|
|Thursday||Knowledge Organiser/Literacy||Assembly||Knowledge Organiser/Literacy||Knowledge Organiser/Literacy||Student development lesson|
|Friday||Student development lesson||Student development lesson||Student development lesson||Student development lesson||Assembly|
Topic of the week
Each week there is a topic that the students are introduced to which is linked to the topic of the term (please see form time mapping). Students are given different resources (picture of the week, word of the week and debate question) to stimulate conversation and discussion. This is recorded in their knowledge organiser.
General Knowledge quiz
Students compete with others in their form to test their knowledge on current affairs and general knowledge in a multiple choice quiz.
Knowledge organiser/ Literacy (ko)
Tutors and pupils look through their knowledge organiser to check and maintain standards and to prepare for KO quiz. A literacy task is also completed.
Once a week the whole year group have an assembly related to the topic of the week and individual year matters.
Student development lesson
Tutors deliver a session on the terms development topic (see form mapping). Each term there is a different topic related to student development. The 6 topics are listed below;
- E safety
- Healthy body
- Health mind
Every student in year 9 has a Wellbeing lesson which helps develop pupils’ knowledge and understanding of important personal, social, health and economic issues. The course is predominantly project based with students working in groups to complete an objective.
|Term 1/2||First Give||Presentation/charity work|
|Term 2||First Aid||Role play/ teach primary school pupils|
|Term 3||E – safety||Create information video|
|Term 4||My mind||Present an assembly|
|Term 5||My Nutrition||Design a menu for the canteen|
|Term 6||My health||Take a year 7 group through a fitness class|
Drop Down Day
The drop down days are once a term and are dedicated days for students to develop their knowledge and understanding of areas outside their normal academic lessons. Every term has a theme which pupils work on during form time. At the end of the term students have the opportunity to take part in workshops, guest speaker assemblies and trips to further their understanding of the topic area.
Below is a list of activities that students did last year during drop down days
“Curious Incident” National Theatre
High 5 Netball Competition U15 Essex OP Rugby Finals Careers Transition Event
RPA Transition Event – Moving On
Essex Schools Rugby
College Transfer Evening
Museum of London/Drop Down Day
Imperial War Museum/Drop Down Day
Drag Queen Story Time Workshop
Biodiversity in Local Nature Reserve
Essex Rugby Finals
Help Me I’m Normal
Havering Schools Cross Country Championships Taster Day for Primary Schools
Hornchurch Horror Story Debate Mate Launch
F. Barclsley Guest Speaker Krishna Loyal Safe Drive Event
Knife Crime Workshop
STEM Workshop Streetwise
Happy Puzzle Company
TEL Travel Conference
Health and Safety Training
Grant Museum Specimen Sketching Trip Aiming High Taster Pays
Christmas Market Body Worlds
Museum of Mind Yoga Sessions
Muppet Puppet Workshop
DofE Awards Presentation Evening West Ham (London Stadium) Trip
AND MANY MANY MORE
Pupils have the opportunity to be a leader in all years at Hornchurch High. It is important young people learn leadership skills from an early age and develop these skills throughout their time at the school. Student leaders meet on a weekly bases and have training sessions once a term. Every leader is assigned to a particular area (see diagram below) to help develop within the school and it is their responsibility to listen to the concerns of fellow students.
Student leaders take on a number of different roles with the school and some of these are listed below. If you have a question about leaders within the school, please do not hesitate to ask one of them about their roles and responsibilities. They all wear a red tie to make them visible to both staff and pupils. They also have a badge that identifies which area they are representing.
Clubs are run before school, at break or after school. Every department has an affiliated club to help students develop skills and knowledge outside the normal lessons. All clubs are advertised to pupils.
It is vitally important for every student to gain experience outside the classroom environment to further their interest in that particular subject.
Example of clubs run at the school: