Saturday School

Posted by on Mar 19, 2013 in News | No Comments

This half term, Year 5 students from across our partner primaries have been attending the Saturday School. Led by Roger Reynolds and staffed by Jimmy Edwards (ICT) and Jen Dunkey (English), the morning sessions aim to help improve the transition process between primary and secondary school.

Every week, students have been following a linked ICT and English project based around ‘Robots’. After team building exercises in the gym, focussing on building communication and rapport between the students, the Year 5 students have been building their own working robots and have also completed written tasks around the same theme. Team challenges such as furthest distance, tug of war and strongest motor power have been set and students have worked enthusiastically together to ensure that their team comes out on top!

This year there has also been a considerable focus on building individual literacy skills and all students have enjoyed writing creatively about their robots, utilising reading, writing, speaking and listening skills that will be a crucial part of the curriculum when the students join in Year 7.

It is hoped that not only will the Saturday School sessions build confidence, communication and creative skills, but that the students will also be able to get a real feel of what their learning will be like once they become full time students.

Some student comments:

“I was nervous at first because I didn’t really know the other children but now I know I will have lots of friends when I come up to secondary school.”

“Building robots has been really fun, especially the tug-of-war when we beat Miss Dunkey’s robot!”

“I really enjoy the games in the gym because they’re really fun and we have to all work together.”

Jen Dunkey