Extra-Curricular Activities

French lessons are part of the weekly timetable for all our pupils.

Swimming lessons are also part of the weekly time table for the children in Reception and Year One. The children and their teachers travel by minibus to Downsend School to use the indoor pool. They also enjoy a games lesson on the Astroturf pitch that same afternoon.

From Rising Reception onwards, regular outings feature in the timetable to support and further enrich the children’s learning. Outings are normally liked with the theme or topic the children are following that term. Typical visits range from going to the theatre, the local greengrocer, pumpkin picking, Wisley Gardens, an aquatic centre and to The National Gallery. A number of visitors come to our school each term to share their expertise including musicians, Librarians, Community Support Officers, School’s Nurse, storytellers, parents and representatives from school’s charity, Woofability.

School organises themed days, Charity Days, ‘green’ weeks and many events where the whole family is invited to come along too. Typically, these events include having breakfast together in Harvest Week, inviting a relative to lunch in spring and our Grandparents to tea in the summer.

We offer a variety of After-School Clubs for children in Reception and Year One. Typical Clubs include Football, Puzzle, Rising Stars-dance & drama, Spanish and Yoganory-Yoga through stories.

Downsend Sports Club

The ‘Downsend Sports Club’ for pupils in Reception to Year 2 takes place on Saturday mornings, at Downsend Main Site. Reception and Year 1 sessions will last from 9am-9.45am and Year 2 will take place between 10am and 11am.

Depending on the weather, these sessions will be held on the Astroturf, in the Sports Hall or on the grass pitches at Main Site. Therefore, if pupils could also bring football boots with them, it would be greatly appreciated.

As well as expert coaching, where pupils will learn new skills and enjoy small-sided matches, this will hopefully be a great opportunity for parents to socialise on the side lines whilst enjoying a hot drink, and watching their child start to develop into the future stars of Downsend School.

This is a free service to Downsend pupils that we have no doubt will be enjoyable for parents and pupils alike. The aim would be for the ‘Downsend Sport Club’ to run throughout the school year every Saturday morning, where football will be taught in the Winter terms and Cricket/Rounders in the Summer.

Pupils will be required to wear Downsend sport kit, shin pads and trainers for all these sessions.

After School Clubs – Summer 2017

Our after school clubs will re-commence from Thursday 20 April 2017.Payment is required by either cash or cheque (payable to the relevant club leader) for Football and Yoganory. All clubs are on a ‘first come, first served’ basis.

The timetable is as follows:

Day Club Time Run By Payment Payable to Notes
Monday Football

Reception and Y1

3.30-4.30 Martin Firmo £60 cheque/ cash Martin Firmo on first day of club. The school tracksuit and football boots (Velcro fastening if possible) must be worn and shin pads are compulsory for your child’s protection

Craft Club


Reception & Y1




Melanie Piper


£50 billed



Wednesday Rising Stars


Forest School


Reception & Y1





Sally Thomas


Jennifer Hughes




Direct to Rising Stars

Direct to Forest School

Thursday Science


Reception & Y1

3.30-4.30 Christeen Hill £50 billed n/a
Friday Yoganory


Reception & Y1

3.30-4.30 Hayley Chalwin £55 cheque/ cash Direct to Hayley Chalwin