Real life learning
Pupils at Thornhill Primary School are learning new skills and experiences from other parents and local professionals as part of a brand new programme for Islington. The Enrichment Programme was created to help provide an exciting, engaging, hands-on curriculum for pupils.
Working with local businesses, parents, professionals and Islington Council, pupils get to try a range of careers and activities, some of which they might never have thought of before.
Activities include plumbing, cartooning (with an ex-cartoonist for The Times), philosophy, working with residents at Muriel Street Care Home, mindfulness, and physical experiences, such as kayaking, learning in the forest, and trampoline fitness.
The school is the first in the borough, and one of the first primary schools in London, to develop such a programme, and it is already seeing the positive effects. One parent wrote to the school to say her son “taught the whole family how to rectify a leaking tap”, while another said they were “so proud to be part of it.”
Head teacher Jenny Lewis said: “Much of the success of the programme comes from the wonderful parents, local business and services who are giving their time free of charge to support hands-on learning.”