Pupils’ Lives at Foxmoor
From rugby, hockey, football, netball and cross-country in the winter months to cricket, athletics and rounders in the summer months, and multi-sports, dance, swimming and gymnastics all year round, Foxmoor provides many opportunities for the children to take part in a wide variety of sports. We are always keen to introduce new sports to our school repertoire like circus skills and Kabaddi.
We enter all the local sporting competitions and our over-full trophy cabinet is a testament to our continued success. For example: our girls' football team has won the 6 - a - side Annual District tournament for all the local schools and they walked away with the enormous Millennium Trophy; the school athletics team has just won the prestigious shield in the annual district large schools' athletic tournament, the children are so keen that 90 of them attend the athletics club after school each week!
From Year One to Year Five, the children have swimming lessons at the local pool, in the winter we send numerous children to cross-country and other sporting events and tournaments, and in the summer term our cricket, rounders and athletics teams enter all the inter- school championships.
Extra-curricular Sports Clubs
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At Foxmoor, we are proud of the achievements of our pupils, past and present, who have enjoyed learning the foundations of music with us. Such is our enthusiasm for music that we actively encourage our youngest children to learn to play the recorder as an introduction to their first musical instrument. We are fortunate to have a specialist music teacher who teaches all class music lessons; we have an excellent range of music and percussion instruments which are used on a daily basis in music lessons and we provide specialist tutorial lessons for pupils wishing to study brass, woodwind, string, piano, guitar and drums to a more advanced level.
Naturally, it would be a shame not to give our children an opportunity to 'show off' their musical skills and our orchestra, brass band, choirs and music ensembles regularly present music concerts for parents and other groups in the community, they also enjoy actively participating in Music Festivals. The Foxmoor School brass band has won the Cheltenham Music Festival competition for ensembles age 12 years and under, every year for the past 16 years despite competing against secondary schools and private/public schools that specialise in music.
Further Performing Arts
The pupils have many opportunities to perform and share their skills, confidence and enthusiasm in: music (singing and playing), dance and drama. They regularly perform in assemblies, in the playground, at talent shows and in concerts; most of these events are organised by the children themselves. Each year every child takes part in a production which involves all the elements of the performing arts.
At Christmas our Foundation Stage and Key Stage One children present the Nativity and a Christmas musical play. The main character roles (filled by Year 2 children) are democratically chosen by the children themselves - this production is a great favourite with the parents and grandparents.
At the end of the Summer term the Key Stage 2 children perform a musical production: every child has a role within the show, both singing and dancing. Over the past few years this has included Alice in Wonderland, The Wizard of Oz, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, James and the Giant Peach, Oliver and Bugsy Malone (to name but a few). The Year 6 children take the lead roles while the children from Years 3 - 5 provide the choirs, backing dancers and supporting roles. For the Year 6 children, this is a memorable end to their Foxmoor careers.
Art, Craft and Design Technology
Our Art, Craft and Design Technology departments are very active. From cooking to felting and ceramics to tie-dye prints, the children take part in many different and varied topics. We regularly invite local artists and crafts people into school to share their skills and teach the children: this always generates a lot of enthusiasm and, sometimes, mess, however the cleaning staff appreciate the results as much as the children do.The photograph below shows a whole school project led by local ceramic artist, Julie Fowler, in which over the period of a year, every child in school made four tiles, each depicting one of the four seasons. The tiles were then glazed and used to make four large pieces of wall art representing the four seasons, which are now on display in our courtyard.
Within our 5 acres of grounds we have a wonderful wildlife conservation area including a very large pond. This gives the children the opportunity to pond-dip on site and to study the wildlife throughout the year.
We also have an organic garden allotment with a green-house and shed; each class has responsibility for the upkeep and food production for two raised beds. The children learn where their food comes from - watch it grow and cook and eat the fruits of their labour. Our active gardening club runs during the Spring and Summer for the children in Year 4 and the Reception Class children enjoy 'Welly Wednesday' each week during which their lessons are held outside as they explore our extensive grounds.