Dunalley University is a jewel in our crown and provides our children with an amazing opportunity to try something new or develop existing skills. Each term the children in years 1 to 6 choose an enrichment activity to participate in from a range of about 20 different options.
Dunalley University takes place on a Friday afternoon and activities are provided by staff and external agencies. The school becomes a hive of creativity, sports and performing arts.
- To provide the children with the opportunity to explore a wide and varied range of skills
- To raise attainment across the curriculum
- To incorporate more opportunities to explore foundation subjects
- To help the children make informed choices
- To further develop co-operative and social skills
- To allow children from a range of ages to work together
- To provide further opportunities to develop life skills
- To open up a wider range of opportunities where children can achieve
- To allow adults to share the skills they have with the children
- To identify and nurture children that are attaining highly in a wider range of areas.
How the University works?
- The University runs for all children in Years 1 to 6.
- The University modules run for six weeks each term, either side
of half term. It is an entitlement, not a reward. It takes place on a
Friday afternoon. There is a launch assembly the week before the
modules start and a graduation assembly the week after the module
- The adults in school decide on the ‘module’ they would like to
deliver and put a proposal to the Head teacher. She considers practical
and financial implications and a brief overview of the skills and
dispositions they would like the children to learn and develop.
- With the support of staff, parents, external professionals and
outside agencies are actively encouraged to support, and if appropriate,
- The modules are introduced to the children in a Friday afternoon
assembly. The children will then choose from a variety of modules and
label them from 1 to 3, with 1 being their preferred choice.
- At the end of the module the children from Year 1 to 6 celebrate
their success and ‘graduate’. This takes the form of a whole school
assembly. Governors and sponsors are invited to present certificates.
- Outcomes of the modules are shown on a Powerpoint presentation. Parents are invited to come into the hall to share in the success and experience of their children.