Summer School 2014
During the first two weeks of the Summer holiday, the Trust held its annual Summer School for Year 6 pupils who will be joining Year 7 in September. The focus of the event was to enhance and support the literacy and numeracy skills of our new students.
The Summer School was well attended by the new students joining both Rosedale and Hewens College with the participants benefiting from activities centred around delivering these two vital skills. Using the ICT and other facilities at Hewens, 'Exploration’ was the focus for the fortnight’s programme together with three day trips organised around the theme. Here’s what some of the students had to say:
“I think the trip to the Pitt Rivers Museum in Oxford was very exciting because we saw various weird and wonderful things from around the world. My favourites were the Shrunken Heads, the massive Totem Pole and the scary model designed to ward off evil spirits. I talked to one of the Guides about how much I know about Ancient Egypt and he said that I would make a very good historian one day. We also spent some time in the Natural History Museum next to it. I used some of these weird things in my pirate story for younger children” (Ben Webb).
Sonnie-Lee Goreham-Smith said, “I loved the Natural History Museum, in particular I liked the skeleton of the dinosaur. We got to touch some of the stuffed animals. There were also fossils and really old rocks that were millions of years old”.
Paige Hine said, “I really enjoyed the boat trip down the Thames. We saw the Houses of Parliament, the London Eye, St Paul’s Cathedral, the Shard, the Tate Modern, The Tower of London and the O2 Arena. Then we went visiting the Maritime Museum and the Cutty Sark”.
“The trip to the Rainforest in the first week was excellent. We had done some numeracy preparation work about rainfall and temperatures and made graphs. We had done some literacy by looking at ‘Treasure Island’ by Robert Louis Stephenson. The Rainforest had loads of really interesting plants and animals that live in those sorts of conditions. The experience we gained from the trip, helped us to write our pirate story for kids” (Jason-Junior Choules).
“The boat trip along the Thames ended at the Maritime Museum in Greenwich. We had done some work at College earlier about Latitude and Longitude, and that helped to make sense of the exhibits about Harrison’s clocks and his inventions. We also had a look around the Cutty Sark, a really old sailing ship from the past” (Lewis Windsor).
The week finished with a BBQ, with parents, guardians and carers invited, and this was a chance for the students to present their work. The staff from both Rosedale and Hewens enjoyed getting to know the new students with everyone now looking forward to meeting each other again in September.