At Ipswich Prep, we provide the children with outstanding opportunities to develop their skills in a wide range of activities both inside and alongside the curriculum. We call the extra-curricular activities ‘co-curricular’, as they are as important as the children’s academic studies.
Visits out of school happen very regularly as part of school life at Ipswich Prep. These are predominantly day visits and children in Years 4, 5 and 6 will also experience residential outdoor activities, including Bushcraft and outward bound activities. Some examples of trips undertaken by various year groups include: Christchurch Park, Hedingham Castle, Flatford Mill, Minsmere, Layer Marney Towers, Sainsbury Centre, Colchester Castle and many more.
Whether it is meeting big bugs and reptiles in the classroom, or learning to light a fire in the outdoor education programme, there is always a new experience on offer for our children.
Activities and Clubs
Children in Years 3 – 6 are offered a variety of stimulating activities, which are incorporated into a timetabled slot each week. In addition, children from Reception upwards can participate in a wide range of clubs such as construction, gardening, multi-sports, choir and drama clubs, plus different sports clubs are held after school, including ballet, yoga, fencing, skiing and sailing. These clubs generally vary from term to term, although some clubs run throughout the year.
Tuition is offered in a wide variety of instruments, and in singing, as well as Speech and Drama, at an additional cost. A large number of children take advantage of this opportunity. These lessons are taught by visiting staff on a weekly basis in regular lesson time or in breaks, following a rota system. Lessons are available for children from Year 2 upwards in music and year 4 upwards in Speech and Drama. Children from Year 3 upwards are expected to catch up on the academic lesson missed.