Breakfast Club is available at school 5 days per week from 8.00am until the start of the school day. Children [who have a booked place] must be brought to the club by an adult who remains with them until a member of staff assumes responsibility when the club opens.
The club, operating in our library, offers a warm and friendly atmosphere, where children can enjoy a good, healthy breakfast with friends and have a positive and unrushed start to their day.
Places are limited and must be booked in advance should parents wish their child to benefit from this provision. Breakfast must also be paid for in advance [this can be made on the first day of each week that your child attends].
Please speak to a member of staff in the school office if you would like a place; your request will be passed to Mrs Beal.
Once a place has been allocated we ask that you speak to Mrs Beal directly with regard to any special dietary requirements or other needs your child may have.
There is a charge of £2.00 per session which is payable for all booked days, regardless of whether or not your child attends, as booked places cannot be offered to other children. You will appreciate that this represents very good value for money in terms of both the breakfast provided and quality of care given.
Food is served from the breakfast club kitchen area which was included in the design of the library which was built in 2014. The menu always includes a choice of cereal, toast with various spreads, fromage frais and often special treats such as muffins.
Once they have finished their breakfast, children enjoy board or other games and craft activities; they spend a little time with their friends before they go to class.
Breakfast Club Demand
There is a waiting list for Breakfast Club at present. If you have a place for your child in Breakfast Club, but your needs change, please let Mrs Beal know immediately so that the place can be offered to another child.
The school has a strong record in terms of the range and quality of clubs available. The programme varies from term to term, but includes such activities as athletics, art and craft, computer, cricket, football, netball, rugby and a range of different music clubs. Children and parents are advised by letter of the clubs available each term and their times. Many of these activities are voluntary both to the staff or parents who organise and lead them and to the children who participate.
More recently we have introduced clubs for which there is a small charge so that we can enhance the range of clubs on offer; this is often the case to cover the costs of instructors without whom certain clubs could not be offered.
Music provides a powerful and distinctive form of expression and contributes to the development of each child. Music can change the way children feel, think and act; it affects emotion and moods providing opportunity for personal expression, reflection and emotional well-being. Music develops thinking, increasing perception, imagination, creativity and physical co-ordination – skills which can be transferred to other areas of learning and life. Music enables children to define themselves in relation to others, their friends, social groups and contributes to their cultural understanding.
Arrangements can be made for children to learn instruments such as the recorder, violin, cello, guitar, piano/keyboard, brass and all woodwind through our appointed team of Instrumental Instructors. These experienced tutors are music graduates who have an excellent track record – they ensure that pupils enjoy their lessons and make progress, having opportunities to gain awards and enter music grade exams.
Instrument lessons are taught in school, during the school day, and are paid for by parents. Parents requiring further information should contact Mr Yeoman (Music Director) who will be pleased to provide further details. (Please note that timetables for music tuition rotate so that children do not leave class for the same part of a lesson each week – every effort is made to ensure other aspects of learning are maximised.) Children can also opt to join one of the many bands and clubs that operate daily - from singing groups and Samba Band to the more specialised Rock School, Orchestra, Percussion Ensemble and Jazz Band.
Performance and Wider Opportunities
Children’s progress and attainment in all aspects of music is celebrated through termly recitals and concerts, and with occasional opportunities to perform in public both in school, in Dover and further afield.
Music Aims at River Primary School
1. To stimulate and maintain curiosity, interest and enjoyment in music and to enable pupils to be sensitive to, familiar with and confident across a range of musical knowledge, key skill areas and vocabulary.
2. To enable the development of the following personal qualities:
· Pride in one’s work
· Readiness to improve
· Sense of purpose
· Sensitivity and openness
· Willingness to take the lead or support others
3. To enable pupils to understand the place of music as:
· a major cultural feature that provides intellectual and aesthetic stimulation
· part of a wider body of knowledge and skills
· a source of enjoyment and an important part of our leisure time
4. To enable pupils to work independently and as part of a team in varied activities, so that music contributes to the development of life skills such as numeracy, literacy and ICT.
5. To employ teaching methods and resources which allow all pupils to have equality of both access to and opportunity in music and to experience success and enjoyment in all aspects of their music learning.
6. To develop an awareness in pupils of the implications of music (past and present) for the individual and the local, national and international communities.
7. To develop a love for music, and the wider art forms, as essential tools in creating a well-rounded individual