Educators know the value that extramural activities add in the classroom – even if these activities are not always strictly a part of the curriculum. After all, primary education is about much more than academic learning.
During this stage in a child’s life, many skills are reinforced. Different developmental milestones are met a different ages, and these may be language-related and academic, as well as social and emotional. Extramural activities not only nurture the latter, but also have a significant effect on the former.
Here are four ways in which extramural activities nurture educational growth in children.
Especially if learners are struggling to meet their academic goals, their confidence may take a knock, ultimately leading to wariness to push themselves to try again. As extramural activities are not measured by the same stringent academic expectations as traditional classwork, partaking in an activity in which a child can excel, goes a long way in boosting confidence and self-esteem in the academic environment of the classroom.
As many extramural activities, and particularly sport are practiced in teams, activities outside of the classroom promote emotional and social development in learners by building relationships and practicing teamwork. Learning how to communicate effectively as a member of a team is seamlessly carried over to the classroom, where learners are often required to complete academic tasks in teams or pairs. This way of teaching proper social behaviour is an invaluable skill, which will benefit a child for the rest of their life.
Effective time management is a crucial skill when learners have to meet academic goals within certain time frames. Extramural activities require learners to effectively manage their time after school, in order to take part in just the right amount of after-school responsibilities.
Perhaps the greatest benefit that extramural activities have for learners is their role in fostering personal growth and development. Aside from being an opportunity to learn skills “on the go”, so to speak, extramural activities develop well-rounded children by combining an array of different skill-acquiring activities. A child who takes part in extramural activities learns time management, working in a team, communication, relationship building, and boost their confidence and self-esteem, all at the same time – and while having fun!
Sparrow Foundation School takes great care in creating an environment of learning that nurtures all the skills that our learners possess, and believe that activities like pottery have a huge role to play in creating an environment where learning is fun. Indeed, play forms a large part of the way we teach at Sparrow, and we are proud of the results that this is yielding in our learners – who are all filled with heaps of potential.