November 22, 2017
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Dunalley University

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.

Aims
  • 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 finishes.
    • 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, run modules.
    • 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.