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Super-Curricular Learners

The 35 Best Super-Curricular Activities for Applicants to Top Universities.
The sooner children have these super-curricular learning experiences the better.

English

The primary super-curricular activity for English is, of course, reading, with writing your own work coming a close second. Here are a few other ideas.

1. Take part in a writing challenge, such as National Novel Writing Month
2.
Visit Stratford-upon-Avon
3.
Go to the theatre

Maths

Maths doesn’t, at first, seem a subject that particularly lends itself to super-curricular activities, but there are still a few things you can do to demonstrate your enthusiasm.

4. Visit Bletchley Park – WWII code-breakers
5.
Enter maths competitions – UK Mathematics Trust

History

History is a subject that lends itself particularly well to super-curricular activities; indeed, such activities are a fundamental part of studying these subjects, and they can be broadly categorised into museum visits and site visits.

6. Museum visits
7.
Site Visits

Geography

Another subject well-suited to super-curricular activities is Geography, as getting out ‘into the field’ is an important part of understanding the concepts children have learnt about from books.

8. Field trips
9. Read National Geographic Magazines

Modern Foreign Languages

There are lots of language-related super-curricular activities with which children can demonstrate enthusiasm.

10. Visit a country where the language is spoken
11.
Watch films in the language being studied
12.
Gain a pen friend
13.
Read foreign-language newspapers

Science subjects

We group the core science subjects – Physics, Chemistry and Biology – together here because many of the activities mentioned apply to all these subjects.

14. Perform scientific experiments and studies at home
15.
Subscribe to scientific publications
16.
Visit science museums
17.
Join scientific societies
18.
Take part in National Science and Engineering Week
19.
Arrange a visit to an observatory

Art

Clearly, producing works of art is a crucial activity on the syllabus for this subject; but it’s one that children can build on outside school.

20. Visit art galleries
21.
Build a varied portfolio

Music

Music is almost a super-curricular activity in itself, which makes it easy to suggest things that can be done to support applications to Universities for this subject

22. Take graded instrument exams
23.
Perform
24.
Compose
25.
Go to concerts

General super-curricular activities

Finally, we end with a quick-fire list of some super-curricular activities that can be applied to any subject

26. Read widely beyond the subjects
27.
Start a blog about the subject
28.
Tweet about the subject, and follow others who do the same
29.
Listen to subject-related podcasts
30.
Join a society or club dedicated to the subject
31.
Do some work experience in a career related to the subject
32. Enter competitions related to the subject, such as essay competitions
33.
Take extra qualifications related to the subject
34.
Join Mensa
35.
Listen to Radio 4

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