Enriched Curriculum


At Our Lady of Lourdes we provide a highly challenging core curriculum, while also recognising the importance of providing our children with memorable learning opportunities outside of the classroom routine. We aim to stimulate creativity and imagination and provide children with opportunities to develop their skills and knowledge. Throughout the year, art displays, school presentations, and performances are organised to celebrate the achievements in all areas of the curriculum.

The school currently holds the Arts mark, highlighting our creative art and music curriculum.

Music

We pride ourselves, as a school, on the quality of our music provision. Our school choir are well respected and perform regularly within the local community. They take part in the bi-annual Redbridge Schools Music Festival, held at the Royal Albert Hall. Normally, this is available for Year 5 and 6 pupils.

Our school orchestra is open to all pupils from Year 2 upwards who have been learning an instrument for a year, either at school or with a private teacher, and who has a grasp of reading music notation. For pupils who do not have lessons but show great focus and commitment during class music tuition, there may be opportunities to play percussion.

All pupils get the opportunity to learn the descant recorder free of charge as part of the current Year 4 class music curriculum. Pupils who show great aptitude and enthusiasm can then be considered for a place in the school orchestra to continue their learning.

Instrumental tuition, provided by the London Borough of Redbridge Music Service (RMS), is available on request.  Selection depends on availability of places and priority is given to Key Stage 2 pupils. Lessons currently on offer are piano, violin, cello, double bass, brass, woodwind and guitar.  All lessons take place during school time and invoicing for these lessons is undertaken in the prior term. It is possible to hire instruments from RMS for the duration of the tuition at an additional cost. Pupils can be added to the waiting list by writing to the school office and indicating the preferred instrument.

Physical Education

All pupils at Our Lady of Lourdes receive 2 hours of P.E. each week. This includes opportunities to take part in gymnastics, dance, outdoor games, athletics, outdoor adventurous activities and swimming in Year 4. Our aim is to deliver high quality P.E. lessons for all children in order to foster a lifelong enjoyment and passion for physical activity and sport. We want to help develop children’s self-confidence, positivity towards physical activity, cooperation, fair play and perseverance.

The children at Our Lady of Lourdes School have the opportunity to compete against other schools at the Redbridge Mini games in a number of sports including; football, tag rugby and athletics.

Educational Visits

Each class undertakes educational visits throughout the academic year focused on extending their learning outside the classroom. Visits range from science and art to history and geography.

Year 6 Residential

Children in Year 6 take part in a week long residential trip to France. The key focus being the battlefields of World War One, as part of developing their sense of British Values. Parents view this as a highly worthwhile trip which offers children a week to immerse themselves in French culture, apply their conversational French and gain a wider perspective of the role of Britain within the context of our European partners.