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St Michael With St John Church of England Primary School

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Clubs & Children's University

St Michael with St John offers an extensive range of extra-curricular activities under the umbrella of the Children’s University to all children from Reception to Year 6.  We have an exciting club exhibition at the beginning of every term for you and your child to sign up.  The last club offer can be viewed below.  In addition to our club offer, we have strong sporting links with Blackburn Rovers where further exciting opportunities are made available.


Children also have the opportunity to take part in activities during the school holidays. These can range from sports activities to arts and crafts. There are also family trips organised during the longer school holidays.


Our Key Stage 1 and 2 children are invited to become members of the Children’s University.  This is a national programme developed by the University Centre at Blackburn College.  Children’s University members are rewarded for involvement in extra-curricular clubs and achievements at an annual graduation ceremony.  They are also provided with opportunities to engage in innovative learning activities and experience university life from a young age.  They are given the opportunity to attend additional activities at the University Centre, Blackburn College, as well as some trips throughout the year.


Children are also rewarded for visiting places outside of school such as museums, taking part in swimming lessons, scouts, visiting the library, the list could go on!  These places are call ‘Public Learning Destinations’ and are ‘validated’ as part of Children’s University. Please see the document below about how organisations can join this.


Sara Burton is our school’s Extended Schools Coordinator.  She looks after Blackburn Children’s University and works with seven schools in Blackburn.


There are so many ways children can get involved, with something of interest for everyone.  For more information, please follow Blackburn Children’s University on:

Facebook – @BlackburnCU

Twitter – @Blackburn_CU


You can also contact Sara Burton on 07805929965 or email her on


Please see the overview below that shows the range of activities that were offered to children in 2019/20. Please note from March 2020 many of these activities were limited due to COVID 19 and have been completed online.





September - December

School Clubs

October Half Term



Arts and Crafts

Multi Sports

Wednesday 30th October

Additional Sign up after school for children wanting to join Children’s University

Saturday 2nd November

Children’s University WW2 ‘A Wartime Childhood’

November and December

Lantern Making Sessions at the Bureau – drop in for families if they wanted to.

December / January

Winter Challenges for CU members over the holidays

December / January

Writing Competition for CU members as part of the National Lottery Heritage Fund, working with the University Centre, Blackburn College





January - March

School Clubs

Wednesday 9th January


Public Speaking Competition Introduction


January onwards

Cricket sessions with a Lancashire Cricket Coach – Year 1 and 2 as well as an after school club.

Saturday 1st February

Children’s University History activity at Blackburn Museum

Saturday 8th February

Children’s University Trip to Cadbury World, Birmingham

February - March

Wicked Young Writer Award

February - March

Wartime in Childhood – Poetry Competition


Wartime Video from Blackburn Museum – watch and send questions in

February Half Term



Creative Day – Mrs Bead and Music

Fun with Games


BBC 500 Words Competition

29th February

Rock Climbing at Blackburn Youth Zone

11th March

Visit to Each Step Care Home

14th March

Reading Stars and Little Bookworm Sign Up at Blackburn Library

14th March

Roller Skating at Blackburn Youth Zone

Easter Holidays

Easter Challenges





8th May

Stay at Home VE Day Celebrations

June - August

Creative Briefs – online sessions about design briefs and the design process. Children also had the opportunity to enter a competition and take part in the Freedom Festival (virtually).

Throughout July

Virtual CU celebrations. This included videos from CU members and learning providers as well as photo stories of all the activities we have done throughout the year.

July - September

Summer Reading Challenge


Time Capsule Competition

July and August

Summer Holiday Challenges

July and August

Online Zoom Sessions: -

  • Fun with Animals
  • Marital Arts
  • Fun Games
  • Gymnastics at Home
  • Discover Arts Award
  • Catch Up with CU Manager

July and August

Online Cooking Videos: -

  • Upside Down Oreo Muffins
  • Bread Rolls
  • Pizza
  • Victoria Sponge

July and August

Craft Packs – posted out so that families could do some crafts at home.

July - September

My Lockdown Poetry Competition



Summer Term (2) Clubs 2021

Children's University - Information & Newsletter 2020

Public Learning Destinations