Whilst academic success is very important, at Ham Dingle we believe that there is more to a good education.
As well as ensuring they achieve the very best outcomes they are capable of, we aim to develop character, co-operation and understanding in all of our children. Throughout their time at Ham Dingle, the children are are provided with opportunities to develop themselves as well as contribute to our school community and to society. We want our children to try new things, to persist in the face of difficulty and to become resilient in overcoming obstacles as this challenges, inspires and prepares them for the ups and downs of life.
With this in mind, we provide a breadth of opportunities and experiences which help our children become confident, well-rounded and ambitious. Our curriculum and enrichment programme provide many opportunities to try something new, develop new skills and work with different groups. In addition to our extracurricular clubs, our children enjoy educational visits linked to their learning, visits from experts, fundraising schemes, residentials and opportunities to collaborate with their peers at other United Learning schools. Here are some of the opportunities that Ham Dingle offers:
The Junior Award Scheme for Schools (JASS) is an accredited learning programme for primary aged children designed to develop
Successful Learners | Confident Individuals | Effective Contributors | Responsible Citizens
JASS is structured into four sections, designed to stretch different aspects of developing confident individuals.
- My Interests: developing an interest or learning a new skill
- Get Active, Stay Active: taking part in sport and physical activity
- Me and My World: contributing to the local community
- Adventure: outdoor activity and learning, including team work and problem solving
Each of these sections is constructed to meet the needs of the individuals or to tie in with local interests or projects.
Participants start the programme in Year 3 with the Blue level Award then move to Bronze in Year 4, Silver in Year 5 and finally Gold in Year 6. The programme provides increasing levels of learning and challenge as the children move through KS2.
JASS at Ham Dingle is run as an extra curricular activity as a lot of the work that goes into creating the portfolio is done at home and out of school hours.
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