Clubs and Activities
In addition to the music, art, sport, CDT and drama clubs, there are a huge range of other activities for the boys to try as part of their Other Half options. The range on offer reflects the very diverse nature of the boys at Abingdon Prep. They can decide to learn to code or create digital animations, they could take up Spanish or try their hand at ancient Greek. If they want to do something practical there’s construction or gardening and they can learn chess, touch typing and Warhammer.
We are always looking to add to the activities on offer and we listen to what the boys suggest. Listed below are the current activities and clubs available.
To see the daily clubs and activities available by year group please see the activities timetable.
Big Questions with Clive and Ian
Using our favourite RE characters to explore big questions in the Bible. How old is God? How did the world start? Why does God allow suffering? Come along for a fun look at these and other topical questions.
Board games club gives the boys the opportunity to play both known favourites and to learn some new board games too. The boys play collaboratively in small groups and strengthen friendships and social skills with pupils from different year groups.
Chess Club takes place every week throughout the year. We play in a relaxed environment and boys of any standard are welcome. Boys are matched with similar standard players and are given individual advice to help improve their play. The house chess championship is a keenly contested event at the end of each year!
Construction club is based around a challenge to build a variety of structures that link to the topic of Fun and Fantasy, which the children in Pre-Prep will be covering over the term. Each week there is a different set of construction materials to experience, from Lego and K'nex to a range of junk modelling materials.
Each week a different issue is debated, with two speakers speaking in favour of a motion and two speakers speaking against. There are also opportunities to speak and ask questions 'from the floor'. Recent motions have concerned Britain's response to the Syrian refugee crisis, Britain's membership of the European Union and the industrial action taken by junior doctors.
Each week pupils take part in fun activities based on one of the sciences, whether this is making bouncy balls with shop bought ingredients or building rockets and testing their projectile. We take part in individual and group activities where pupils can build their scientific enquiry skills. Pupils have a Eureka passport which gets stamped every week they attend providing them with bronze, silver and gold certificates.
Gardening and Eco Club
Pupils learn basic gardening skills and tend the School’s allotment, planting vegetables and plants. They learn how to encourage growth, including scarecrow making to protect the seeds from predators. Over the winter months, the Club takes on an Eco focus, considering ways in which the school can improve from an ecological point of view.
German Club introduces pupils to the language and culture of German-speaking countries through a range of activities. Pupils have fun learning to communicate in German using basic vocabulary and phrases. They also find out about various customs and traditions of German-speaking countries too.
HTML Coding Club
HTML and CSS Languages are used for creating, styling and structuring web pages. The HTML Coding Club provides an introduction to HTML code for pupils in Years 7 - 8. They learn the basics of how to build and edit web pages using projects that are provided by Code Club.
Introduction to Ancient Greek
This enables pupils to learn the alphabet used by the Ancient Greeks and to be introduced to some Ancient Greek words, particularly those with English derivatives. By the end of the course, pupils should be able to read and translate simple sentences in Ancient Greek.
We cover a diverse range of skills including animation, quizzes, graphic design and video making. Come along and have fun learning about and using different apps and features on the iPads.
This is a club in which to relax and have fun whilst being provided with exciting activities to develop many useful skills. By providing construction challenges to complete, the boys will need to hone their skills in communication, creativity and innovation, problem-solving and team-working. The challenges also provide opportunities for the practical application and reinforcement of mathematical, design technology and science knowledge.
Lego Club is open to pupils in the Junior Section (Years 3-4). In a relaxed and comfortable setting the boys are given freedom to design and build a variety of models. These types of activities encourage lots of interaction and role play; an important ingredient in a technological society.
Lego WeDo Robotics
The Lego WeDo robotics club provides an introduction to control technology and programming using robotics. Pupils learn by constructing their own models, such as a roaring lion and a goal keeper. They learn how to bring them to life by using the special programming blocks in Scratch, that interact with the motors and sensors in their creations.
The boys have the opportunity to learn about and connect with the natural environment through play and purposefully planned experiences in the school grounds. The ethos of Forest School is intrinsic and the boys gain new practical outdoor skills. Having fun is paramount and learning how to assess risk is an important aspect in their development. In Outdoor Explorers, safety procedures will be taught alongside activities. Planned supervised activities may include using a fire for cooking and small hand tools, knots, craft with natural materials and more importantly, approved activities the boys have requested. The boys have the opportunity to reflect and learn about themselves, each other and their environment.
Practical Life Skills
This club enables Year 8 boys to learn everyday tasks which will set them up for independent living as a modern man. This ranges from polishing shoes and sewing on a button to simple cooking and much more thrown in. If there are any everyday skills that the boys want to develop (within reason) it will be tackled with a healthy dose of competition and fun. Are you brave enough to become a modern man?
As a member of the Public Speaking Club, pupils get the opportunity to attend workshops to improve their skills in public speaking and debating. There is also the opportunity to visit Abingdon School to attend a debate and speak ‘from the floor’. In addition to the internal house competitions in public speaking and debating held in the autumn term, the School also takes part in inter-school competitions. The Middle Section Team competes annually at the ‘Let’s Debate’ competition held at Oratory School, and the Senior Section Team competes at an annual Under 13 inter-school competition.
Purple Mash Computer Club
Purple Mash Computer Club is where pupils can practise their coding skills using a building block interface within Purple Mash. They create everything from dragon-dodging wizards to dancing robots then blog about their designs.
Python Coding Club
The aim of Coding Club is to introduce boys in Y5-6 to understanding and writing code. Leading on from using Scratch in lessons, they are given the opportunity to use a programming language called Python. They learn the basic functions of how to create and draw patterns and images by moving the Python Turtle around the screen. By using the coding language, Python, boys are encouraged in their abilities to pay close attention to detail in order to debug their code, as well as using their own imaginations to develop their code further.
We are often blessed with young and lively outside speakers who visit us to lead the games and share some thoughts from the Bible. We look at a small palatable extract, discuss what it means and think how it applies to our lives. There is always fun and games involved too and we hold parties which are very well attended! It is a good chance to cement friendships whilst enjoying each other's company in a fun yet supportive and calm environment and there is also opportunity to pray either in silence or aloud as each boy feels comfortable. Several boys have commented that QUEST is an important time for them in feeling refreshed and revitalised for the challenges of the week ahead and the quiet moments of prayer can be a good place to leave their worries behind. Although a Christian group, boys of all views are most welcome and the atmosphere is warm and inclusive and all questions are welcome.
There is also the Abingdon Foundation Prayer Group for parents. For information, please see the Abingdon School Prayer Group page.
Spanish Club aims to introduce pupils to the Spanish language and culture through a range of activities, games and songs. Pupils learn how to greet each other and learn some basic vocabulary and phrases which include numbers, colours and food.
The charge is £5.00 per pupil per session and will be applied to each pupil’s termly account in arrears. Please note that a charge for all sessions for the term will be applied regardless of sessions attended unless a pupil has been attending a school generated fixture or event and is unable to attend the activity for that reason.
Stop Motion Animation Club
Using iPads, boys learn how to create short stop motion films (used to make animations such as Wallace and Gromit). These are made by capturing one image at a time, then playing back the sequence rapidly to create the illusion of movement. We bring objects such as Lego or plasticine models to life in short stories, written by the pupils themselves, using sets they have built.
Up and Atom Junior Science Club
Each session focuses on hands-on science experiments which help build scientific enquiry, investigation skills and encourages a love of science. Using the pupils’ own questions as a stimulus the experiments may vary. From exploring how an egg could bounce to making magnetic slime, we discover the wonders of science and try to find answers to some our big questions.
At Warhammer Club the boys are introduced to the Warhammer 40k game. They can build and paint their models, or use their completed models to play games against the other boys.
In the Well-being Club we focus on breathing, positive affirmation, yoga and meditation. The sessions help the children to grow their confidence, build self esteem and create a toolkit of strategies to assist them in coping with daily stresses.
Junior Writers’ Club
In this club, we will be looking at free writing for enjoyment. Every week we will tackle a new genre such as poetry, descriptive writing, stories and newspaper articles. The idea is that the boys can write for pleasure and can be creative, producing pieces of written work that they might not normally be able to within school.
Senior Writers’ Club
In this club, we will be looking at extending the boys’ writing skills by allowing them freedom to experiment with words whilst sticking to a chosen genre. Genres covered will be varied and will comprise of poetry, descriptive writing, persuasive writing and word count stories, to name but a few. The boys will have the option of using ICT to create their work or they can still use pen and paper if they prefer. Writing for pleasure is important and this club aims to let the boys use their creative streaks alongside learnt skills that they already possess.