One of the best things about ECAs is that they allow your child to learn something new that they may not normally have access to. This could be a new hobby, a passion or a skill such as participating in a sport, learning an instrument or honing a craft that may enrich them for years to come. ECAs also teach key skills and personality traits that can be useful throughout life. Sport participation helps to develop teamwork, overcoming adversity, improve co-ordination and enhance problem solving skills. Learning a language or an instrument requires dedication and perseverance. These skills are used beyond the classroom and are key in all aspects of life.
Extracurricular activities (ECAs) are additional activities that are not part of the prescribed curriculum and enhances the educational journey of the students who participate.
At South View, our school offers a wide variety of optional extra-curricular activities to help students discover new skills and interests. Our extensive ECA programme is delivered by our excellent SVS staff, as well highly qualified external providers to provide our children with a varied selection to choose from, including academic and creative activities, languages, performing arts, sports, wellbeing and student body options.
ECAs have a wide range of benefits and touch on many aspects of a child’s development. Here are some advantages of extra-curricular activities that demonstrate why you should encourage your child to participate in clubs outside the classroom.
Many skills that are developed through extra-curricular activities are transferrable to core academic subjects. ECAs often promote independent learning, nurture creativity and encourage critical thinking, all important components in education. There are many studies that have linked participation in extra-curricular activities to improved academic performance.
Extracurricular activities usually operate in a different format to traditional lessons, often with a ‘hands-on’ style of approach where children are engaging with each other in a less formal, more social setting. This is a fantastic opportunity for children to develop their interaction and social skills as well as build confidence to communicate in larger groups. As ECAs are optional and chosen by you, it is more likely that your child will be mixing with other likeminded children, participating in an activity that they enjoy and allowing them to develop friendships with other children that they may not normally interact with.
Extracurricular activities are important because they allow children to develop important social, practical and academic skills that will support them throughout their educational journey. They also provide a safe space where children can relax, explore and enjoy themselves away from the pressure of schoolwork or in a traditional classroom setting. ECAs improve positive mental health and wellbeing by building confidence and developing self-esteem, allowing children to succeed in something that they really enjoy.
Extracurricular activities are also a great benefit to enhance a students’ resume when it comes to applying for universities or jobs, particularly when you have represented your school in a squad or a council. Universities love to see evidence from a prospective student that they are willing to go above and beyond to develop new skills. ECAs also demonstrate that your child has varied interests and a curiosity to learn beyond the classroom. Student bodies such as student council, eco-warriors, public speaking and debate club are all excellent opportunities to demonstrate a hunger for leadership, responsibility and show enthusiasm to take on challenging subjects.
While primary school children are not yet planning for their university applications, ECAs still play a very important role in primary education. Primary school is a key developmental stage when students start to not only explore their practical skills and abilities, but also develop their confidence in social situations. Extra-curricular activities for primary school students provide opportunities to develop leadership, cooperation, and teamwork skills at an early stage, which will continue to support students throughout their higher education.