"Six years on, we remain delighted that we chose King's as the school for our children". Junior parent
It is important for children to develop their interests and talents outside the classroom, in order to become a more ‘rounded’ individual and to help develop confidence. A wide variety of extra-curricular activities is provided in the form of clubs, musical groups and sporting pursuits applicable to varying ages. Most of our children attend at least one activity per week, whilst many have so many interests that they may have something most lunchtimes or after-school.
Music and Drama
Music and Drama play a vital role in the life of King’s Juniors. Large numbers of pupils take advantage of private instrumental/voice tuition at school. We have an Infant Choir as well as a Year3/4 Choir and Year5/6 Choir, which along with our orchestral ensembles, perform regularly in church services as well as during concerts and assemblies. As well as our Woodwind Wonders, Team Brass, Guitar Ensemble, Super Samba and String Stars, there are productions throughout the year and our children participate fully in local music festivals.
Year 4 children take part in their own pantomime allowing children to display their musical and dramatic talents to the full. Year 5 children also represent the school at the annual Macclesfield Primary Schools Music Festival. The Year 6 Musical is a highlight of the school year when all of Year 6 are involved in putting on a full musical performed in front of full houses.
A healthy interest in sport is promoted and children compete regularly (often at A, B and C team levels) against schools from the locality and all over the North West of England. Boys have regular football, rugby and cricket fixtures whilst the girls compete at netball, hockey and rounders. Cross-country, swimming, athletics and trampolining competitions allow boys and girls to represent the school at the same occasion.
Emphasis is placed both on participation and excellence, with practices held in most of the above sports at different age levels during lunch breaks or after school. King’s has been highly successful in gaining many sporting honours in both local and regional competitions. In recent years, King’s Juniors have regularly been Macclesfield Primary Schools football, swimming, netball and cross country champions and our trampolinists are National champions in three age categories. Our U11 rugby team, netballers and hockey players are also regular winners of medals in the AJIS tournaments and competitions involving other independent schools in the North West.
King’s Juniors also have the opportunity to take part in a number of optional activity holidays which include a Sports Tour (in Year 6) to compete in The Jersey Games. A list of trips available is produced in September each year.
Lunchtimes are busy with a variety of clubs, including Art & Design, Chess, Dance, Drama, French, German, ICT, Latin, Lego, Maths, Nature, Philosophy, Puzzle Club, Science, Trampolining and many more. After-school activities start in the infants with cookery club, craft club, Zumba, football and Drama Club, with more options being available as children get older. In short, there are various forms of activity to cover most interests.
Infant & Junior pupils have the opportunity to take part in a number of school trips each term. They vary according to the age of the children and topics being studied as many support curriculum learning. Just a few examples include:
- Reception children visit Manchester Museum (as part of their study of dinosaurs), the Library, a farm and experience a full Forrest Day
- Year 2 visit a Sikh temple
- Year 3 undertake a study of a local town/village and a river study (River Bollin in Styal)
- Year 5 children visit a chateau in France, where they experience French culture whilst developing their language skills.
- Year 4 and Year 6 children enjoy residential multi-activity holidays
- Year 4 children visit Chester (as part of their study of Romans) and York as part of their study of Vikings
- Year 6 experience a Sports Tour to Jersey during the Easter holiday
- Year 6 visit Formby to study coastal erosion