Thank you for visiting our extra-curricular opportunities page. Here you will find all the information you need to know about the additional opportunities we provide to our children to support their personal development and to inspire them to try something new. We are very proud of our commitment to extra-curricular opportunities and ensure we continue to engage and motivate our pupils, developing them into active, resilient life-long learners who have high aspirations for themselves, their community and God’s world.

Young Voices

Children in Year 4, Year 5 and Year 6 are invited to join the Young Voices choir each year in preparation for the extremely exciting event of the year – the Young Voices concert at Sheffield Arena! We have had to wait a long time as we haven’t been for the last couple of years and this year’s concert has already been postponed twice but we are finally going in May! Our Young Voices choir rehearse at their after school rehearsals and at home, using the Young Voices children’s room where they learn songs (including the lyrics), the dance moves and other tips and tricks to make the concert run smoothly and most of all, to allow the children to have the most fun possible!

Young Voices Rehearsals

Young Voices Concert – Friday 13th May 2022 (Sheffield Arena)

On Friday 13th May, many of our Year 4, Year 5 and Year 6 children attended the Young Voices concert which was long awaited, after a couple of years with no concerts due to covid restrictions and then another 2 postponements this year. Well, what a time they had! It has been lovely to hear from the children, and parents who also attended the concert as audience members, what a wonderful time was had by all! Please check out the website under ‘School News’ or ‘Extra-Curricular Opportunities’ to see some more photos and find out more about Young Voices, and all of the other opportunities we have at St Joseph’s for our pupils. Thank you to Mrs Cooper & Mrs Harrison for arranging Young Voices and to Mrs Jackson, Mrs Hope and Mrs Hilton-Green for giving up their time to attend the concert as parent helpers. Well done to all of our children for representing our school so fantastically – we are so proud of you all! Watch the video below to experience Young Voices with us!

History Club

During Autumn 1, a group of keen historians from years 4-6 has been meeting after school for a History Club. To compliment our lessons taught in school, the weekly club has focussed on one aspect of life during different eras through History. We have found out what people from ancient civilisations ate as snacks; we even had a go at cooking up some of these. We played games that children would have played in Roman, Medieval and Victorian times. Many of these are still played today. The children also researched punishments, looking closely at ‘stocks’ and constructing their own cardboard versions. By using drama and role play, we learnt more about medicine through the ages and the kinds of weapons used throughout History. This has been a very active club and the children have had great enthusiasm, ideas and learnt a lot.


Spaghetti Maths

At St Joseph’s, we want children to love maths and we continuously look for ways to engage the children further in maths through fun, active and creative ways in class. Spaghetti Maths has been able to offer further opportunities for children to develop positive attitudes towards maths, build their confidence and encourage them to become inquisitive mathematicians in the form of an after-school club.

The children had the opportunity to develop positive attitudes towards maths while building their confidence when working with numbers. The club promotes a positive ‘can-do’ attitude and lets children engage with mathematical concepts in fun and practical ways. Children could create and take home their very own maths items that they made during the club.



Forest School Club

Over the Autumn and Spring term, children form Year 1 to Year 4 have had the opportunity to take part in a Forest school club run by Chris at Go wild outdoors. We choose this club as we wanted to give our children the opportunities to learn new and transferable skills in a unique forest school setting with an experienced teacher who is trained to deliver a forest school curriculum. The sessions were all active and outdoors in various parts of our school setting.

Chris at go Wild outdoors shares our vision that we want to provide our children with a personlised curriculum. Though his club he also considered our outdoor space and conservation and helped teach the children how to protect our wild spaces. As part of his forest club, he set up a camera to watch our badgers in our school woods. The children had the opportunity to watch the badger activity on his camera each week and talked about how we, as a school are looking after their habitat. Chis also shares our vision to raise self esteem, awareness and self confidence with an appreciation of the natural environment through outdoor adventure, which we do on a daily basis through our active learning curriculum.

Our forest school club has been able to offer further opportunities for children to develop resilience to new skills, make links to other curriculum areas through forest school led activities, develop the children’s team work and perseverance when set challenges out of their comfort zone and also provided our children with the enthusiasm to take their forest school club skills to other curriculum areas inside and outside the classroom.

The children were given the opportunity to create their own snacks within each session and also take what they created home to share with their family and friends.

Here is a selection of activities that the children took part in over the past few months.

Chris will be back in the Summer term to deliver more forest school sessions to our Year 5 and 6 children and potentially a club for our Reception and Nursery children too.


Easter Arts and Crafts Club

An Easter Arts and Crafts Club was organised for the children in school as a fantastic way to celebrate the love of arts and crafts as well as teach our children about the importance of the Holy Week, following Jesus’s last week of his life through to his resurrection on Easter Sunday. All the children were encouraged to take part and could choose to make various Easter-themed creations. We are keen to promote our community links and get involved in various activities that are ongoing. The arts and crafts club was a great way for the children to be able to enter the Wetherby Wombles Easter Egg Design Competition as well as it provided an opportunity for creating Easter-Grams for the elderly.