Enrichment Week

*All school trips and activities are subject to the latest government guidelines regarding the coronavirus pandemic.

Enrichment Week Monday 15 – Friday 19 March 2021

Year 7 – “Try something new”

Year 7 Enrichment Week is all about trying something new. The Expressive Arts faculty have put together an exciting programme which will give students the opportunity to try out new activities related to the subjects they already study. Our intention is simple: to develop passion and a love of learning beyond the classroom.

Art: Students will have the opportunity to work with the Artist, James Lake, who specialises in constructing large scale sculptures from card. James will support the students to create new sculptures which we hope will be displayed in the Winter Garden at Bideford College.




Music: Students will be going beyond the usual music curriculum and have the opportunity to explore music from other cultures and music technology.

Drama: Students will have the opportunity to observe and critique a performance, before participating in a practical workshop to experience the creation of a live production.

Sports Activities: This will be a fun-filled, competitive experience for all students. A range of sporting activities will be included which students do not usually take part in during their curriculum lessons.

Tamar Lake: This will be an amazing experience which will allow all students to take part in two outdoor water activities: raft building and kayaking, led by experienced and fully qualified instructors.








Trip Letter – TBA

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Year 8 – “Sustainability”

Students in year 8 will get a chance to visit the Eden Project where they will take part in an inspiring workshop on climate challenge and sustainable attainable. Students will also get the chance to explore the largest indoor rainforest in the world, alongside many other attractions.








Students enjoying a lovely day at the Eden Project where they learnt about Sustainability. They also took part in some workshops on climate change and sustainable futures. 






For the remainder of the week students will be working in small groups on the college site on a range of sustainable projects including:


Sustainability Talks and Workshops

Mrs Recycle Workshop

Students will take part in a sustainable workshop delivered by Cathy Karniewicz aka Mrs Recycle. In this interactive workshop students will be challenged to consider how every day tasks and objects can be adapted to have less of an impact on our environment.


Sadie Davies Talk

Students will receive an inspirational talk from Sadie Davies and hear about her experience of becoming the first woman to complete the gruelling swim from Hartland to Lundy. Sadie will talk about how plastic pollution on the local beaches made her want to complete the swim to raise awareness, as well as the ups and downs of the swim itself.


Plastic Free North Devon Workshop

Students will take part in a workshop run by Plastic Free North Devon which covers a range of sustainable topics including: plastic in our society, the issues of plastic in our oceans and environment, and making people care about the issue and solutions.


South West Waste Management

SWM will come and talk to students about the facts and figures that the company deal with on a weekly basis. They will discuss the items which cannot be recycled and yet are constantly put into their systems, the mass that is involved, and the ways in which they can help to reduce their carbon footprint.

Textiles Technology – Students will be using a range of design and sewing skills to upcycle an old product into something new.

The final product from a day spent upcycling materials to create bucket hats.







Food and Nutrition – Plan, prepare and cook a multi-cultural meal that is sustainable and helps to reduce food waste using a range of culinary skills.

Students using seasonal, wonky vegetable boxes to make a delicious nutritious meal. In their groups they made Wonky Vegetable Korma, Lemon Rice, Naan Bread, Chapatis and a Chocolate Beetroot Brownie for dessert. Ummm, yum yum.




Materials Technology – Manufacture a bird feeder using recycled products.

The final products of the bird box making workshop.







Creative i Media – Create a video of the week’s activities to develop your movie-making skills incorporating a range of graphics, film, images, sound, etc. elements

Students have been perfecting their I- media skills – here are some screenshots of the final product produced.





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Year 9 – “Local to me; internationally important”





Enrichment Week for year 9s is of particular importance. The year 9s will experience an introduction to key stage 4 study led by the Humanities and Modern Foreign Languages faculties.

These activities and trips are not only of educational value, but also develop and build on the skills taught during the year 7 residential and that will form the foundation of all GCSE courses. Students are provided with a range of residential opportunities during this week. See below the options for 2021:

Italy: Bay of Naples

Students will get the opportunity to explore the Bay of Naples including a visit to Mount Vesuvius and the historic remains of Pompeii. The purpose of the trip is to experience cross-curricular learning outside of the classroom that will enhance future GCSE studies in History, Geography and the present Year 9 curriculum.

The trip will also provide a unique opportunity to experience a different culture as students will be able to spend time in the Italian city of Naples and the town of Sorrento. In this action-packed five-day trip, students will visit over 8 locations including Pompeii, the Amalfi Coast, Sorrento, Herculaneum, Vesuvius and the Paestum Museum.

Naples letter

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France: Paris

Students will get the opportunity to explore Paris and experience first-hand the culture of the French capital city. They will visit many of the well-known monuments that this beautiful city has to offer including: a boat cruise on the River Seine, a visit to the artistic Montmartre area, a guided tour of Stade de France, a self-guided visit to the Louvre Museum hoping to spot the Mona Lisa, the Venus de Milo or even the Raft of the Medusa amongst thousands other invaluable works of art, and lastly a trip up the iconic Eiffel Tower.

Paris letter

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A little bit closer to home. Details to be confirmed.


Year 10 – work experience

Students in year 10 will undertake a week of work experience in the local community.


Year 11 – preparing for GCSE

Students in year 11 will follow a carefully structured timetable of revision in their core subjects. This is an opportunity for students approaching their GCSE exams to focus on these subjects with the support and guidance of their teachers in a creative yet purposeful way.






Students working in small groups have the opportunity to work with specialised teachers from the core subjects through a series of challenging and engaging sessions focused on key skills and topics in a remote, distraction free setting. ​The exam focused sessions take students through a range of techniques which aim to provide them with confidence when approaching similar questions in exam settings.







*All school trips and activities are subject to the latest government guidelines regarding the coronavirus pandemic.


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