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!

Forest School

The Forest School 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.

Forest School

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.   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  
Junior Lunch Junior Choir (Y1-4) Music Room AG
Senior Lunch Robotics Club (Y5/6) TW
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

UK Maths Challenge (Y3/4) - RL

Global Club (Y3/4) (BC)

Cooking club (Y3/4) max 10 pupils (Chef)

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 TBA
07.15 - 7.45
Before School
Maths Clinic 11+ and 13+ (MK/MB) (07:45-08:15)

Creative Writing using Book Creator App (Y5-6) 07:30 till 08:15 (LM)

Junior Morning Break  
Senior Morning Break Senior Choir (Y5-8) JW
Junior Lunch No clubs for Years 3 or 4 due to fixtures
Senior Lunch       The Zeros and Ones Club advanced programming
and networking (Y7/8) JEd
Junior Afternoon Break No clubs for Years 3 or 4
due to fixtures
Senior Afternoon Break  
16:00-17:00
(Junior Prep every night
Senior Prep on Friday)
Golf Starter (£TBC) (Y1/2) CM/RH

STEAM (Year 3/4) - JW

17:00-18:00
(Senior Prep every night other than Friday)
Radio Controlled Car Build & Race (Y5/6) RHS

Mixed Hockey (Y3-8) EB

Golf Starter (£TBC) (Y3-8) CM

Shooting (£) MV Selected students

Fix It Crew (science based) (Y5/6) CA

UK Maths Challenge (Y5-8) MB

Art Club (Y5/6) FF

French Scholarship by invitation (Y7/8) ALL

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

 
After Supper Shooting 18:40-19:40 (£) MV Selected students
Boarding Activities 18:30 - 20:00 Art Scholarship Club (Y7/8 selected students only) FF
07.15 - 7.45
Before School
 
Junior Morning Break  
Senior Morning Break Music club (Y5/8) TBA after half-term
Junior Lunch Reading Club (Y1-4) The Hub LS
Senior Lunch       No clubs due to fixtures
Junior Afternoon Break  
Senior Afternoon Break No clubs due to fixtures
16:00-17:00
(Junior Prep every night
Senior Prep on Friday)
Photography Club (Y1-4) NT

Dog walking & reading club (Y1-4) DC/CK

Ballet/Street Dance £(Y1-4)

17:00-18:00
(Senior Prep every night other than Friday)
Senior Science Club (Y5-8) BKG

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

 
After Supper  
Boarding Activities TBA
07.15 - 7.45
Before School
 
Junior Morning Break  
Senior Morning Break English Clinic for 11+ and 13+ (LM/SC)
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

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

Gymnastics (£) (Y1-4)

SAQ (Speed, Agility, Quickness) (Y1/2) AR/AD/TO

Sailing (£) MP 4-8pm - Selected children

Creative Writing Club (Y3/4) JN

Spanish Club (Y1/2) LR

17:00-18:00
(Senior Prep every night other than Friday)
Football - Goalkeepers (Y3-8) KJ/HC

Shooting (£) MV Selected students

Debating club (7-8) JE

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

 
After Supper Shooting 18:40-19:40 (£) MV Selected students
Boarding Activities Football 18.30-19.30 KJ

Exam preparation & support 19:30-20:30

07.15 - 7.45
Before School
Running Club (Y3-8) CM
Junior Morning Break Farm Club (Year 1/2) CR
Limited to 6 children
Senior Morning Break Farm Club (Year 5/6) CR Limited to 6 children

Orchestra/Strings (Y5-8) TBA after half-term

Junior Lunch Football (RD)
Senior Lunch       GO4SET engineering team (Y8) (KB/BKG)

Football (HC)

Junior Afternoon Break Junior String Club (Y3/4) TBA after half-term
Senior Afternoon Break  
16:00-17:00
(Junior Prep every night
Senior Prep on Friday)
Drama club (Year groups TBD) TBA after half-term
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 TBA

 

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Sizes

Individual attention and personalised learning tailored to each and every pupil, leading to inspirational outcomes.

Established
1897

A proud heritage steeped in traditional values with a thoroughly modern approach and delivery.

Age range
2½ to 13 years

Seamless transition, specialist teaching, leadership opportunities, all-round nurture and outstanding pastoral care.

Exceptional
Facilities

Makerspace, The Hub, 32 Acres, Shooting Range, Swimming Pool. Stunning facilities in a beautiful environment.

Specialist
Languages

French, Spanish, German and Latin, taught by experts in the knowledge and understanding of second language learning.

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