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11 Before 11
Life is an adventure – and school should be too
Think back – what do you remember about your primary school days? Was it phonics lessons or learning how to do long division? Or was it a brilliant school trip where you camped under the stars? Or built a raft and crossed a lake? Or built and launched rockets from the playground?
These types of great opportunity – the memorable experiences that cement themselves into your psyche – happen in every school. What’s different for us is that we consciously codify it into a set of promises so that it becomes something that EVERY child is entitled to.
And “11 before 11” is the way we do this; it’s a set of promises that help our children to be in the driving seat in their own lives. They are a series of seminal experiences that we want every child in the REAch2 family to have experienced before they leave us to go to secondary school aged 11.
Across each of our 60 schools, we are ambitious for our children to have broad horizons in life and high aspirations for themselves. We want our children to be inspired and challenged so that each one can develop their unique potential to the full. 11 before 11 takes our children beyond the usual, to open opportunities in life and inspire them to move forward in their own life’s adventure.
We are incredibly proud of “11 before 11”. We know the impact that it has had so far, and strongly believe in this initiative for all children to have eleven great experiences before they leave Primary School.
Take a look at what the promises are and which year group they are completed in...
Further down you will also find some photos of previous promises which have been carried out - but there are plenty more still to come!
You can now buy 11 Before 11 merchandise! 20% of every item bought will come back directly to Oakfield, which means we are able to offer more and more exciting opportunities for our children. Check out the website below to order hoodies, t-shirts, badges and more!
11 before 11 day - 4th July 2023
This summer, the whole school embarked upon an 11 before 11 day with the aim of fulfilling four exciting promises. These were: create something amazing, seeds to supper, wildlife warrior and 10 good deeds. Throughout the day, each class took part in activities which their teachers specially planned for them to complete their 11 before 11 challenges. As a school, we collaboratively 'created something amazing' by painting outdoor furniture to bring it back to life. We have revamped the pond fence, nature area, planets and benches. The school site is looking incredible now! Each child completed seeds to supper by planting their own herb garden to take home and grow. Together, we have completed wildlife warrior through sowing wildflower seeds in our new school planter. Lastly, each child was given the opportunity to complete good deeds throughout the day, such as paying forward compliments, running a drink stations for thirsty gardeners and making inspirational bookmarks for each other. It was a wonderful day seeing everyone come together to achieve their goals and learn new skills at the same time!
Year 4 - Hiking Hero - June 2023
Year 4 visited Lunt Roman Fort for their Hiking Hero badge. They spent the summer term engrossed in learning about the Roman's and when visiting Lunt Fort, they put all of their learning into practice and were immersed into what life would have been like as a Roman soldier.
Year 3 - Culture Vulture - December 2022
This has been the first year that we have completed Culture Vulture and it has set the bar high! Our Year 3's performed their Christmas nativity at the Collingwood Centre, Rugby School, for an audience of nearly 200 family members. They were brave and confident, with award-worthy acting, singing and dancing! It was a brilliant experience and lovely way to end our Autumn term.
Year 2 - Ride a Large Animal - July 2022
This summer, in 2022, Year 2 took a trip to Woodbine Stables in Grandborough for their Ride a Large animal badge. Each child took part in three activities: natural horsemanship, grooming and care, and the best one yet - riding! Every child grew in confidence and bravery as they shared special moments with the horses and enjoyed having their own lesson on them. It was an amazing day that won't be forgotten!
Year 1 - 10 Good Deeds - December 2019
Year 1 have completed all 10 of their good deeds. Check them out!
Year 5 - Sleeping Under the Stars - March 2022
For our Sleep Under the Stars badge, Year 5 went for a sleepover at the International Space Centre in Leicester. We spent the night there learning all about space and how to be astronauts. We explored the museum, listened to scientists talk about space, and watched a show in the Planetarium. It was absolutely incredible and everyone arrived back on the Saturday ready for a rest!
Reception - Seeds to Supper - 2020
Our Reception classes have completed their 'Seeds to Supper' badge! They have grown their own vegetables and tasted a few too!
Year 5 - Shake it Up Shakespeare - April 2019
Our Year 5s have completed their 'Shake it up Shakespeare' Badge for 11B411! They have performed a range of Shakespeare's plays and recorded it as a podcast to share with the school!
Year 4 - Flash Mob! - September 2019
Year 4 have completed their 11B411 Flash Mob to celebrate returning back to school. They're so happy; they feel like they're walking on sunshine!
Make or Break Reach2 Record!
As part of the promises for our children to fulfill 11 adventures before they leave aged 11, we have made our very own Reach2 Record! On January 31st 2020, we invited all children and adults to come into school with odd socks and crazy hair! By doing so, we now hold the record for the most number of people wearing odd socks and having crazy hair within Reach2's Academy on one day! It was fantastic seeing all the wild creations children and parents came up with!
This year, in 2022, we celebrated Reach2 turning 10 by holding over very own colour run! Every school in our academy took part in this colour run which made it even more memorable to be part of such a big event, nationwide!
Year 6 - Cross a border (Ypres Trip) - June 2018
We had a brilliant time in Belgium and learnt so much about World War 1. We visited the Menin Gate, battlefields, cemeteries (including the Commenwealth War graves), Flanders Field Museum and a chocolate factory (of course!). Our action-packed two days was a trip to remember!
Year 5 - Messing on the water (Residential Trip to Condover Hall) - 2018
An exhilarating two night stay at an adventure activity centre featuring rock climbing, camp fire, survival skills, laser maze, grid stones and much more!
Photos from our visits to Menin Gate, Last Post Ceremony, In Flanders Fields Museum, Tyne Cot Cemetery, Langemark German War Cemetery and more.