Students in Pathway 1 attended a carousel of four different secondary lessons to get a flavour for the new knowledge and skills they would be learning in the secondary school. In Drama with Ms Hooper the students looked at physical characterisation. They explored the grotesque characters of Mr. and Mrs. Twit from Roald Dahl’s ‘The Twits’ and performed a short duologue to the rest of the class. In Science with Mr. Goold the students had the opportunity to visit the new Science lab and learn about the fire triangle and how to light a Bunsen burner safely. In Art with Ms Kertrestel the students created mono prints based on the work of Adam Gale’s Beetle prints. The students discussed his use of line, tone and pattern and learned how to use the mono printing technique to create their own. They also got the opportunity to work in the Design and Technology lab and had a DT taster lesson with Mr. Jauk. The children experienced working with a range of materials, tools and processes independently and safely. To start off, they measured, cut, and sanded small timber blocks. They then saw the laser cutter in action and heat-bent an acrylic school badge to form an “L” for fixing to the block. Lastly, most children chose to oil the block prior to using the cordless drill to screw the parts together; it was action packed!
Students in Pathway 3 also attended a bespoke suite of lessons today which reflect the curriculum on offer in Pathway 3 Year 7. They attended lessons in Maths, English, Drama and Humanities and had a great time meeting new teachers, learning new skills and seeing what the Secondary school has to offer.
We hope that the students found it a valuable experience and it helped begin to ease any worries they may have about the transition to Secondary. This is always a big period of change for these students so we aim to do our best to minimise anxiety and ensure that the students are ready and excited to become our newest cohort.
Deputy Head of Secondary School