Sports & Activities

Sport & Activities are very much part of life at Terra Nova School. The school’s 35 acres provide a rich resource for children to discover, explore, adventure and take risks. Our extensive grounds include, our own forest school and woods, play areas, playgrounds, playing fields, astro turf and meadow and swimming pool.

Reception Sport & Activities

Sport

Terra Nova School offers the perfect environment for your child’s physical development. In addition to the curricular physical development, Reception children are able to opt for private lessons at school in swimming, dance, ballet and football.

Performing Arts

The children in Reception are very much part of Terra Nova School and as such are enabled to take advantage of every opportunity to utilise the school’s extensive facilities. The school has an auditorium known as the Performing Arts Centre, the children frequently perform in Christmas nativity plays, Easter concerts, Harvest Festival assemblies and have their own Graduation Ceremony at the end of the school year. Their confidence and ability to perform in front of an audience is an absolutely delight to see!

Woodland Adventure

The Woodland Adventure is a resource that is used to the max by the school! It is certainly embraced by the Reception children, they venture into the school’s woods to toast marshmallows, make ‘windy wands’ and observe the changing seasons. Being in an outdoor environment enables the children to develop their independence and confidence, engage with and develop their understanding of nature as well as taking increased responsibility for themselves in a natural environment.

Junior Prep Sport

Sport

The major games played per term are as follows:

Autumn:

Boys – Football
Girls – Hockey

Spring:

Boys – Rugby
Girls – Netball

Summer:

Boys – Cricket
Girls – Rounders

But children also have plenty of opportunities to participate in: Athletics, Cross Country, Dance, Dance & Ballet, Fitness sessions, Riding, Running, Golf, Swimming & Tennis

Sports in Year 1&2

In Year 1&2 pupils have two hours a week of sport with specialist teachers. In PE subjects include swimming, dance, gymnastics, tennis and athletics. In Games lessons, pupils get the opportunity to develop their basic skills and teamwork through a variety of sports such as hockey, netball, football and tag rugby.

Sports in Year 3&4

In Year 3&4 pupils participate in one hour of PE and three hours of games per week. Pupils in Year 3 and 4 enjoy an extensive sporting programme similar to the pupils in the Senior Prep School. From Year 3 onwards all children represent our school in a variety of sport in competitive matches against other schools. They also take part in regional and national sporting events.

Activities

In Year 3&4 pupils participate in one hour of PE and three hours of games per week. Pupils in Year 3 and 4 enjoy an extensive sporting programme similar to the pupils in the Senior Prep School. From Year 3 onwards all children represent our school in a variety of sport in competitive matches against other schools. They also take part in regional and national sporting events.

Woodland Adventure

The Woodland Adventure is a resource that is used to the max by the school. It is certainly embraced by the children, they venture into the woods to toast marshmallows, observe the changing seasons and use this fantastic resource to support their classwork.   Being in an outdoor environment enables the children to develop their independence, engage with and develop their understanding of nature as well as taking increased responsibility for themselves in this environment. Opportunities exacerbated by being outdoors away from the more “safe” environment of the childrens’ classrooms..

Cubs

The Forest School is a resource that is used to the max by the school. It is certainly embraced by the children, they venture into the woods to toast marshmallows, observe the changing seasons and use this fantastic resource to support their classwork. Terra Nova has its own cub scout pack led by Akela – “a symbol of wisdom, authority and leadership!” Akela at Terra Nova is the Headmaster’s wife! The cub pack get involved in scouting events in the local community, help at school events as well as regularly having bonfires and roasting marshmallows in the forest.

School Trips

No one forgets the excitement of school trips in their school days! Our pupils enjoy trips to the theatre and trips that support their termly topic.

Activity week

In June all children participate in activity week. Activities vary enormously but it is a week packed full of adventure and new experiences. The activity week takes place towards the end of the academic year and is therefore an opportunity for teachers and their pupils to do something different from learning in the classroom and go off and have fun together!

Senior Prep Sport

Sport

Terra Nova has an excellent reputation for its sporting achievements and the school also takes great pride in offering a broad range of sporting opportunities for all pupils, whatever their aptitudes and abilities. Fixtures are played on a Wednesday afternoon followed by Terra Nova’s famous match teas at which Terra Nova’s parents and pupils entertain visiting schools’ parents and pupils are entertained.

Pupils in years 5-8 participate in 6 hours of Sport per week. 1 hour of this is PE, where pupils complete modules on fitness and movement literacy, enabling them to understand the importance of health, movement and exercise. Swimming, tennis, and athletics are also timetabled as part of PE.

All pupils are able to access our excellent facilities and benefit from a knowledgeable and enthusiastic coaching team that work tirelessly with pupils to ensure that they enjoy their sport and fulfil their potential.

The Team Player

In addition to the major sports per term, detailed below:

Autumn:

Boys – Football
Girls – Hockey

Spring:

Boys – Rugby
Girls – Netball

Summer:

Boys – Cricket
Girls – Rounders

Children also have plenty of opportunities to participate in: Athletics, Cross Country, Dance, Dance & Ballet, Fitness sessions, Riding, Running, Golf, Swimming & Tennis, Shooting.

The Captain

Team captains are appointed each week so the opportunity is shared between pupils. In Year 8 the children are appointed for the year as head of specific sports. This position of responsibility is awarded according to merit and is highly respected by the younger children.

Activities

In addition the the Curriculum, children at Terra Nova have every opportunity to participate in Choirs, School Performances, After School clubs, School Trips and the whole school Activity week. The children are fully engaged in their school lives and clearly benefit from the huge breadth of experiences they accrue during their time at the school. 

The Adventurer

No one forgets the excitement of school trips in their school days! Our pupils enjoy trips to the theatre, museums and art galleries as well as visits to sporting tournaments at other schools and sports clubs for example to Rosslyn Park.

The Traveller

The whole school participate in activity week in June. The week is planned so that the children and their teachers go off and adventure out of the classroom.

 Year 5&6 participate in abseiling, archery, building fires, orienteering and canoeing and mountain biking.

Year 7 pupils visit Château de la Baudonnière in Normandy. Pupils are fully immersed in French language and culture for a whole week and reap the linguistic and character building rewards in Year 8.

Year 8 visit the Ardeche for their “activity week” in celebration of the end of their exams and as their last hurrah whilst at Terra Nova school.

School Clubs

For the Senior Prep School children there are a number of clubs (some free and some paid for) that run during break times in the school day and  from 5pm – 6pm. There are delivered by the teachers. Just a few examples of these clubs are: Chamber Choir, DT Club, Chess Club, Fencing, Shooting, Golf, Cooking etc. Also available are subject scholarship preparation clubs.

Holiday Clubs

Holiday clubs take place on an ad hoc basis. The clubs are organised and run by the teachers and on occasion external companies and cover a broad range of activities and sports. Clubs vary in duration, some run for a week, others can run for up to two weeks. Examples of clubs are as follows: Archaeology Club, Tennis Club, Cricket Club, Scholarship Art Club, Rugby Easter camp etc.

Weekly Clubs

07.15 - 7.45
Before School
 
Junior Morning Break  
Senior Morning Break Senior Science News
(Y5-8) CA, BK
Junior Lunch Junior Choir (Y1-4) Music Room AG
Senior Lunch

Robotics Club (Y5/6) TW
Glod Club (Y5-8) DT

Junior Afternoon Break  
Senior Afternoon Break  
16:00-17:00
(Junior Prep every night
Senior Prep on Friday)
Tennis (£) (Y1-4) ES/NG

Judo (£) (Y1/2) RB

Junior Debating Club
(Y1-4) BC

17:00-18:00
(Senior Prep every night other than Friday)
Girls Football (Y3-8) RD

Judo (£) (Y3-8) RB

Tennis (£) (Y5-8) ES/NG

18:00 to 18:30
Supper - with live cooking (see menus)

 
After Supper  
Boarding Activities TBC
07.15 - 7.45
Before School
Maths Clinic 11+ and 13+ (MK/MB) (07:45-08:15)
Junior Morning Break  
Senior Morning Break Senior Choir (Y5-8) JW
Junior Lunch Violin Club (Y3) JJ
Senior Lunch       The Zeros and Ones (Y7/8) JEd
Junior Afternoon Break  
Senior Afternoon Break  
16:00-17:00
(Junior Prep every night
Senior Prep on Friday)

Golf Starter (£TBC) (Y1/2) CM/RH
Spring Half Term 2

Maths Challenge Club (Y2-4) RL

Reading and Story Craft Club - Roald Dahl Focus
(Y1/2) LR

STEAM Club (Y3&4) JW

17:00-18:00
(Senior Prep every night other than Friday)

Mixed Hockey (Y3-8) EB

Golf Starter (£TBC) (Y3-8) CM Spring Half Term 2

Shooting (£) MV Selected students

Maths Challenge Club (Y5-8) MB

Art Club (Y5 & 6)FF

Senior English Club LM

18:00 to 18:30
Supper - with live cooking (see menus)

 
After Supper

Shooting 18:40-19:40 (£) MV Selected students

Art Club 18:30-20:00
(Y7&8)FF

Boarding Activities TBC
07.15 - 7.45
Before School
 
Junior Morning Break Junior Strings (Y1-4 ) JW
Senior Morning Break Senior Strings (Y5-8) JW
Junior Lunch The Hub Book Club (Y1-4) LS
Senior Lunch        
Junior Afternoon Break  
Senior Afternoon Break  
16:00-17:00
(Junior Prep every night
Senior Prep on Friday)

Ballet/Street Dance £(Y1-4)

Lego Club (Y1-4) RH

Around the World in not
quite 80 days (Yr 1-4) NT

17:00-18:00
(Senior Prep every night other than Friday)
 

18:00 to 18:30
Supper - with live cooking (see menus)

 
After Supper  
Boarding Activities TBC
07.15 - 7.45
Before School
 
Junior Morning Break  
Senior Morning Break  
Junior Lunch Mixed Touch Rugby (Y1-4) HC/KJ

Junior Science Club (Y1-4) BKG/CA

Senior Lunch       Mixed Touch Rugby (Y5-8) RD

Laser Cutter Club (Y5-8) KB

11+/13+ English clinic (LM, SC)

Junior Afternoon Break  
Senior Afternoon Break Chamber Choir (Y5-8) JW
16:00-17:00
(Junior Prep every night
Senior Prep on Friday)
PFC Football (£) (Y1-4)

Gymnastics (£) (Y1-4)

Performing Arts Sectionals (Y3-4) JW

Junk Model Design (Y1-3) MP (12 spaces)

17:00-18:00
(Senior Prep every night other than Friday)

Table Tennis (Y3-8) KJ

Shooting (£) MV Selected students

Performing Arts Sectionals (Y5-6) JW

Debating club (7-8) JE

Harkness Discussion (Minimum 8 - Max 12)
(Y5-7) JN

French Scholarship Yr 7 and 8

18:00 to 18:30
Supper - with live cooking (see menus)

 
After Supper Shooting (£) MV Selected students
Boarding Activities Football 18.30-19.30 KJ
07.15 - 7.45
Before School
Running Club (Y3-8) CM
Junior Morning Break Buddy Break
Senior Morning Break Buddy Break
Junior Lunch Football (RD)
Senior Lunch      

Football (HC)

Y8 GO4SET Team meet(KB)

Senior Science Drop in Clinic (Y6-8) CA

Junior Afternoon Break  
Senior Afternoon Break  
16:00-17:00
(Junior Prep every night
Senior Prep on Friday)
Performing Arts Sectionals (Y3-4) JW
17:00-18:00
(Senior Prep every night other than Friday)
 

18:00 to 18:30
Supper - with live cooking (see menus)

 
After Supper  
Boarding Activities TBC

Club descriptions (for those clubs that may not be obvious)

Zeros and Ones – Mr Edwards
For all those who enjoying programming and building all things. Robots, Drones, Games and Projects; Zeros and Ones is the place to do exciting stuff.

Harkness Discussion (Minimum 8 – Max 12) – Mr. Nash
A round table discussion utilising the Harkness Method . Through these sessions, we will explore ideas big and small with a focus on student-led learning. Thesesessions will develop skills of research, listening, logic, explanation and collaboration. Initially utilising ideas and current affairs chosen by the teacher, the sessions’ content will eventually be entirely student chosen.
NB: For these sessions to have maximum impact there needs to be a commitment to attend all sessions. (If we are missing too many students, the discussions will not work). In addition, due to the nature of the Harkness Method some short home reading and preparation will be needed to be completed each week.

Robotics – Mr Ward
Building on the progress made this term, building our Lego EV3 robots, we will be introducing a coding element where we program the behaviours of our robots to react to different scenarios. This will reinforce learning of inputs and outputs, as well as promote understanding of the practical application of our coding concepts.

Laser Cutter Club – Mrs Boyland (max 12)
The laser cutter club will allow the pupils to design and create products using the school laser cutter and teach them how to use TechSoft 2d the CAD software that programs the cutter. The club is open pupils in years 5 to 8. The club can only accommodate 12 pupils at one time. DT scholars are expected to attend.

Year 8 GO4SET team – Mrs Boyland
This club is for the six successful GO4SET applicants and will allow them time to develop their entry for the engineering competition.

Senior Science News – Mrs Andrews:
An opportunity for students to extend and apply their learning in science to current affairs and developments to keep up to speed with the fast paced and ever-changing world of science. The club will bring students together to discuss and, even debate, some of the hot science topics in the news.

Performing Arts Sectionals – Mr Westall
This is an exciting opportunity for pupils who are in the productions to experiment with characterisation, performance and improvisation to develop the roles they are playing. It will help us come together as a cast and understand what it takes to make a story come to life for the audience.

Senior English Club – Ms Magdzinski.
A ‘book making’ club where you can come to the Hub and be inspired to make, create, write and illustrate your own books – either through paper craft or digitally.

Junior Debating Club – Ms Cragg
Junior Debating Club will provide fun opportunities for students to develop their oracy, communication and critical thinking skills. The club will also help students to become more informed about political and global affairs.

Reading and Story Craft Club (Roald Dahl Focus) – Miss Rostron.
Children will be exposed to different Roald Dahl stories throughout the term and make different crafts linked to the stories.

Around the World in not quite 80 days – Mr Teague
Ever wanted to visit exotic places and learn about foods, music, cultures and the people of far off, or not so far off, lands? Choosing a region or country each week the students will learn about the wonderful diversity that is Earth.

Points to note for parents:

  • Majority of clubs commence week beginning Tuesday 8th January 2019 (Monday is an INSET day)
  • Tennis lessons commence week beginning 14th January 2019
  • £ means that there are associated costs (see below)
  • Some clubs have limited places due to the nature of the club
  • Senior School children should show an interest in a varied range of clubs to support their applications to Senior Day and Boarding Schools. As previously mentioned all Senior Schools (especially Day) want children to bring something else to the party as well as academics
  • We encourage Year 8s to attend Thursday night boarding activity where various staff will be available to support exam preparation
  • Please note that some clubs are for selected students only
  • Red denotes a sporting club; blue denotes a performing arts club
  • A reminder that supper is included in the school fees
  • TN scholars are expected to attend the clubs for which they are scholars

    Cost of paid clubs:

    Tennis Club – £50 per term (there are other variations as well: private group lessons and paired lessons)
    Judo – £75 per term
    PFC – Charged direct to parents by PFC – enquire at : www.premierfc.com/our-courses/
    Shooting – £3.50 per session
    Golf Starter – £7 per session
    Gymnastics – £60 per term
    Lucy Collins offers Street Dance/Ballet – £4.95 per session

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