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Let your child experience a broad range of activities depending on their interests. From sports and music to art and craft, extramurals offer healthy, holistic development.

Extramurals or extracurricular activities are just that: activities that take place outside of the curriculum and are not part of the usual school day. These may include sports or clubs run by the school, or extra classes or activities after school hours.

Extramurals offer an opportunity to extend children and promote holistic development. They teach children about friendly competition and good sportsmanship. They build social interaction, problem-solving, and confidence. Plus, they can provide physical exercise, and promote a healthy approach to life.

It’s a balancing act

However, there must be a balance between these activities, schoolwork and free play. Too many after-school commitments can leave them without any time to simply be children. Before signing children up, speak to them about which activities they want to try. And, ensure that they’re willing to commit for at least the term, but make sure they aren’t taking on too much.

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Academic enrichment

While some children are naturally self-motivated to work independently, others may need support. Extra lessons are one way to do this. A fun approach to a subject may make all the difference.


Fun programmes that look at different ways of introducing children to maths are available. Some use brain-stimulating exercises, while others use the Japanese abacus and mental arithmetic.
Age groups: preschoolers, prep schoolers and teenagers

Science and technology

Science is being brought to life by interactive exhibits at science museums and during hands-on holiday programmes where children can get involved in experiments and engineering projects. Joining a robotics club, or taking up IT lessons, allows children to delve into coding, animation, design or Lego robotics, which incorporates robotics with building blocks.
Age groups: prep schoolers and teenagers

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Learning an additional language benefits children in many ways. Children pick up another language more easily when they’re younger. However, they can learn a new language at any point.
Age groups: prep schoolers and teenagers


Whatever the medium, creative expression can engender emotional growth in your child. It is a personal process that reveals their individuality, no matter their ability.

Visual arts

Exploring creativity and expressing individuality are just two reasons for children to delve into the arts. A range of activities, from oil and watercolour work and scultping to pottery and woodwork, are available. are offered.  Or children can explore the techniques behind photography or videography.
Age groups: preschoolers, prep schoolers and teenagers

Performing arts and movement

Through these disciplines, children are given the opportunity to express their emotions in a safe space, and channel their feelings. Ultimately, this develops their  emotional and physical confidence. From performance workshops and musical theatre training to dance classes and yoga, or learning to play an instrument, children will learn to express themselves.
Age groups: preschoolers, prep schoolers and teenager


Extramurals can also aid character development, improve social skills and stimulate minds and bodies.


Learning meditation techniques will help children find peace and balance and cope better with stress and live healthier lives.
Age groups: preschoolers, prep schoolers and teenagers

Social clubs

Whether it’s a book, youth, language, or nature club, children learn to engage with people from all walks of life, improve social skills and build self-esteem. Volunteering at non-profit organisations or taking part in community service will also nurture empathetic and altruistic behaviour.
Age groups: prep schoolers and teenagers

Entrepreneurial skills

Nurturing entrepreneurial and leadership skills will help children later in life. Understanding how money works, and how to make it work for you, is an invaluable life lesson. Look out for workshops that will ignite an entrepreneurial spirit and teach children to be financially responsible.
Age groups: prep schoolers, teenagers

Life skills

Children won’t live with you forever, and when they venture out on their own, it’s good to know that they have the skills to take care of themselves.

Cooking and baking workshops

Classes can cover everything from decorating cupcakes to learning to cook family meals, through which children will inadvertently learn about nutrition. Children who enjoy the challenge can look out for cooking challenges. Boys and girls are also more likely to eat the healthy stuff if they make it themselves, so look for classes that teach healthy cooking.
Age groups: preschoolers, prep schoolers and teenagers

CPR and first aid training

This typically covers infant and child CPR and what to do in case of burns, fever, seizures, head injuries, broken bones and dehydration. Children from 10 years old have shown to be invested in learning how to act in an emergency. Learning these skills is certainly useful in emergency situations, but having this training on your CV can also be beneficial.
Age groups: prep schoolers and teenagers

Outdoor skills

Programmes that cover these are Brownies and Cubs for younger children, progressing to Scouts and Girl Guides. These teach survival in nature while cultivating a love for the outdoors, through activities such as hiking and camping, as well as teaching the importance of community service. Other programmes may include environmental awareness – “becoming eco rangers”, marine conservation, and experiential recycling and upcycling workshops. Learning about plants or planting a food garden is another fun way to encourage a healthy relationship with nature. Ask local gardening centres if they have workshops, sign children up with a gardening club, or see if their school offers one.
Age groups: preschoolers, prep schoolers and teenagers


Exercise increases a child’s strength, endurance and physical ability, while decreasing the risk of lifestyle diseases.

Action sports

More extreme sports include surfing, skateboarding, mountain biking, roller or inline skating, figure skating or rock climbing. Some of these may be dangerous if done irresponsibly but, with proper training, children can enjoy fun adrenaline-filled activities. Parkour, or free running, is increasing in popularity, but should be done under the supervision of a qualified instructor. Trampolining, another new activity, includes sessions, training and clubs for children of all ages at trampoline parks, which means that young children can get involved in the action too.
Age groups: preschoolers, prep schoolers and teenagers

Combat arts

Traditional combat activities include fencing, archery, stick fighting, karate, judo, capoeira and other martial arts. These offer physical and mental exercise, and can sometimes be used as a form of meditation.
Age groups: preschoolers, prep schoolers and teenagers

Horse riding

This can involve learning the basics, going for outrides and attending pony camps. Once confident, you can branch out into show jumping, dressage, cross-country jumping, polo and vaulting. Equine therapy can also be beneficial for children with special needs, but horse riding helps all children to learn more about living with, and having respect for, animals. Look for schools that pay attention to teaching safety.
Age groups: preschoolers, prep schoolers, teenagers and special needs

Sports leagues and academies

Your child may excel at hockey and want extra practice hours. Maybe they want to join an indoor cricket team outside of school, to meet new people or try a sport that isn’t offered at the school, or during the term. Sports leagues and places such as golf academies cater for this.
Age groups: preschoolers, prep schoolers and teenagers

Water sports

Learning to swim is essential, and many programmes are available for this, but competitive water sports can aid development in other ways too. Canoeing or sailing provide exercise and friendly competition. Diving, supping, snorkelling and fly-fishing can be taken as sports, but also allow children to experience nature, while building on very specific skills. Age groups: prep schoolers, teenager,