At Hodge Hill Girl’s School Curriculum Enhancement runs alongside the academic curriculum and offers pupils the opportunity to further develop character, knowledge, and skills. In essence, our Curriculum Enhancement programme equips students with valuable life skills which extend beyond the classroom context, serving to promote overall academic success, health and well-being and widen life experiences enabling students to make informed life decisions post 16.
Throughout the year we also have special events, such as drop-down days, theatre group visits, competitions, and workshops. Below is just a snapshot showing the breadth and depth of our Curriculum Enhancement programme:
Pupils from all year groups took part in a range of activities to support thinking about their futures. We welcomed a number of outside agencies in to work with our pupils including Sharan Gill, Education Office from Seven Trent Water who ran a session on career opportunities with Seven Trent, a Careers convention in partnership with local colleges, apprenticeship providers and the army.
The Big Bang fair went digital in the Summer of 2021, and pupils from Year 7 through to Year 10 watched and took part in many different STEM activities to show how Science works in real life and to explore STEM careers. The fair was hosted by a wide range of presenters including NHS, BAE, the environment agency, Openreach, HS2, Rolls Royce to name but a few! The fair took place over three days, each day with a different focus: Solving human challenges, Technology changing the world, and Climate change and the environment.
In the Spring term 2022 pupils attended two days of peer mentoring training being run by Birmingham Education Partnership. Pupils worked collaboratively with four other schools in our community to showcase ideas of developing their roles as peer mentors.
Illustration challenge to bring their favourite book characters to life in any form of art they liked.
In October, the art and design department launched the Big Draw Competition and pupils were invited to take part. The Big Draw Festival is a worldwide celebration of drawing. The Big Draw promote the universal language of drawing as a tool for learning, expression and invention.
- Book cover competition for Year 7 pupils. Year 7 pupils were invited to take part in a ‘Design a Book Cover’ competition. Pupils were invited to design a cover and give a reason for their choice of title.
- Stem competition.
- School house logo competition
On 25th January 2022, sixty students took part in a maths challenge, in celebration of the UK Mathematics Trust’s 25th anniversary!
Textiles in Medicine
In Autumn term 2021 Mr A.Rehman and his registrar Mr Allahabadi, from Dudley Group NHS Foundation Trust, spent time with our textile students teaching them the stitching techniques used in a surgery setting. We hope to inspire students to think beyond traditional textile careers and open them up to new aspirations that they might not have considered before.
Trip to Birmingham Botanical Gardens
Year 10 GCSE Fine Art pupils spent a wonderful day visiting Birmingham Botanical Gardens in Edgbaston on Thursday 21st October 2021. Pupils observed a wide range of plants across four glasshouses: Tropical, Sub-tropical, Mediterranean & Arid. Spending time in each of the climatic areas allowed Year 10 pupils to draw and photograph plants of all different shapes and sizes as well as learning about their uses. Pupils even saw a unique plant in the subtropical house.
On Wednesday 2nd March 2022 pupils in years 8-10 who study French had the opportunity to watch a visiting theatre group deliver a play in French. Pupils very much enjoyed this cultural experience and being immersed in this experience can only develop their love of the French language and culture.
On Monday 7th March 2022 year 9 were treated to a live theatre production of Macbeth. This was a great opportunity to see Shakespeare at its best as a live performance bring literature to life.
On Thursday 1st July 2021, they experienced a fun-filled stage adaption of ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ led by Quantum Theatre. This enchanting version was an hour and a half long, specially adapted for young children. Lively and amusing, this production featured five actors and was packed full of rhythmic moves and dialogues. Watching a live performance provided them with a sense of life as well as a memorable experience socially, culturally, and emotionally.
HHGS Sports Week
For five weeks in the Summer term our pupils have been participating in HHGS Sports Weeks 2021. Pupils were asked to compete in five different sports- Football, Athletics, Basketball, Handball and Cricket, to gain points for their team, their class and their House. All Pupils took part from Year 7 to Year 10 and there was a lovely, fun and vibrant atmosphere in the pupils' PE lessons and around school which was a great way to end a challenging year.
We had a visit from ‘Speakers Trust’ on 23rd June 2021 to work with a small group of year 10 pupils. They worked on building their confidence with public speaking, learning how to create speeches, and received top tips to take forward into their future interviews and college applications. At the end of the workshop pupils had to create their own speech about a topic that meant something to them and perform it in front of their classmates.