Wednesday 15th was a busy day for Year 8 students. They had been told to come into school with sturdy outdoor clothes in preparation for one particular activity for their Applied Learning Day.
We were relieved that, although it was muddy, the weather held off for the Forest School activity planned in Jews Woods, and this session saw students making full use of this wonderful space and their imaginations. Their creativity was demonstrated in the wonderful clay artwork which was left in the woods for the enjoyment of walkers – whilst the clay will dissolve and fade, Year 8 memories will remain of this great activity.
The other sessions of the day included some STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) Challenges set by the STEM Ambassadors from Babcock. This saw the students working in teams and competing against each other to find the solutions to some real engineering questions.
Working with Tutors, students used Packtype Mini cards to explore their strengths and strategies for personal development. These cards, which were also used by Year 7s are part of a suite of resources that the school is using to help students’ personal and social development. Readers may have seen an earlier post about Post 16 students using Packtypes to help them write their UCAS Personal Statement before Christmas.
The final activity for Year 8s was a presentation on internet safety and social media awareness from the Lucy Faithful Foundation. This was the first time they had visited the school. The Foundation is set up to work in partnership with voluntary and statutory organisations to prevent child abuse.
This varied day for Year 8s addressed the Applied Learning Day themes of “Living in the Wider World, Staying Safe and Relationships.
Thanks to our visitors who gave up their time to provide their expertise, without whom these days would not run, and also to staff and students who entered so enthusiastically into all the activities.