Being in Saddleworth, the heart of brass band country, Diggle School has a great heritage in making music. We were very pleased to be awarded the Music Mark in 2020/21 in recognition of our commitment to providing a high-quality music education for all children and young people. We encourage a wide variety of music making throughout the school both in and outside of the classroom. We partner with the Oldham Music Service, who deliver small group lessons and ensembles such as brass band and orchestra, and who support all children in Year 3 learn a brass instrument as part of their curriculum. We also have 2 choirs and all children participate in a production with their class each year.
Physical Education and Wellbeing
Diggle School is proud to hold a Gold School Sports Mark Award. We understand the importance of keeping active, both for physical and mental well being. We acknowledge that across the school, children have different levels of interest and engagement in sport in the traditional sense, so at Diggle School we encourage all of our children to enjoy being active. All our classes operate an Active Classroom, where tools such as GoNoodle and the Daily Mile are used throughout the day to help children get the most out of their learning. We also encourage those with an interest in a particular sport to develop their skills through after school sports clubs, and participate in inter school competition.
We are very pleased to welcome the sports coaches from City in the Community who come into school once a week to provide expert physical education teaching. Additionally, some of our Key Stage 2 children have enjoyed robot building and programming through the City in the Community team.
The amazing fundraising of our FODS team have enabled us to fund a 4-year programme of Commando Joe’s, which is a curated treasure trove of practical and physical hands-on activities to develop teamwork and resilience, which fit very well to support the school’s 6 R’s scheme.
The Outdoor Classroom
All children enjoy learning in our Forest School area with our dedicated Forest School trained TA, Mr Ryan. Children develop their teamwork and communication skills to overcome problems or to create and build outdoor projects, often linked to the class topics. The Forest School programme directly supports our 6R’s, especially encouraging resilience, respect and resourcefulness. We also have a forest school dog called Chen, who is great at helping children who are a maybe a little reluctant to be in the outdoor environment to relax and join in.
We are proud to home a flight of racing pigeons including 2 very special pigeons given to us by HRH Queen Elizabeth II! The children who engage in this activity help in all aspects of pigeon life including feeding them and flying them. Sometimes, our pigeons do very well in local races.
Out of School Activities
Out of school clubs and activities are suspended for the Autumn term while we focus remaining Covid-19 safe. Activities will resume in due course and the new timetable will be issued here. When these return, we’ll get back to enjoying football and netball, multi-skills and karate, drama and dance, chess and lego clubs.