Alongside the bespoke programmes, students also get the opportunity to take part in workshops in school and attend trips locally and further afield. In 2018-19, students across years 7-11 got to participate in multiple activities including the following:
KS3 UNIVERSITY OF OXFORD TRIP
Budding scientists from Years 7 to 9 went to the University of Oxford to take part in a chemistry taster day. They learnt about the history of the periodic table and tried to identify elements, got the opportunity to complete two experiments in a laboratory and were treated to a science show where we saw jelly babies explode and bubbles frozen, whilst being taught the science behind it.
University Christmas: Students spent the day trying degree subjects with a Christmas Twist. They designed their own toy to market and sell, learnt about nutrition and solved mathematical problems in an advent calendar countdown.
Learn the Lingo: Languages are hugely important and some students got the opportunity to have a language and cultural taster at the University of Surrey. Students got to try Greek and Chinese, learning key phrases and taking part in cultural activities such as using chopsticks. They also practiced their translation skills and learnt about careers using languages.
University Week: Students are given the opportunity to spend the week at university learning about Higher Education. They get to learn what
Higher Education is, what universities are and how it works, try different subjects that are studied at university, explore what student life would be like, consider future pathways and graduate in a formal ceremony.
Royal International Air Tattoo: We have the opportunity to attend the RIAT at RAF Fairford annually. Students get to see live air displays, take part in a range of STEM related interactive activities and speak with air forces from across the globe.
Earthquake Challenge: The University of Reading came to takeover Year 9 Geography lessons to complement their learning of earthquakes in lesson. Students learnt more about earthquakes and the types of buildings that were most effective. They then put this to the test designing their own buildings to safely house a kinder egg.
Spoken Word: Students got to attend a spoken word workshop for Black History Month focusing on discrimination. They learnt more about the form of poetry and created their own pieces about discrimination and performed them.
Musicality Workshop: Year 10s had the chance to visit a university music department and learnt more about composition, rhythm and performance. They also got the opportunity to watch a live recital performed by music students.
Maths meets Medicine: Students spent the day with a pharmaceutical company understanding how statistics are used in the production of medicine. They took part in scenarios involving conducting drug trails and working at validity.
University of York Residential: Students were invited to take part in a preparation residential for Year 11 and beyond. Students spent 3 days at the University of York taking part in goal mapping sessions, revision and exam techniques, academic tasters and exploring a new city.
Exams Workshop: Academic advisers came into school to support Y11s in preparing for their exams. Workshops covered tackling exam questions, dealing with stress and freezing in an exam and the best approaches to take.