On Tuesday 16 October, Year 11 were given the opportunity to experience a day as a Post-16 student. Students were invited to dress in smart clothes and attend lessons for their chosen subject pathways.
Dropping in to a lesson on the creative pathway, we were pleased to see some of our current Year 13 students volunteering to assist in their subject areas. Hannah Cromblehome had volunteered for Art and was presenting her sketchbook work, going on to explain how her project had developed over the last school year. We also stopped by to look at a Media lesson, to see Mr Gay teaching the students about editing. For some of our students this would have been the first time using Adobe Premier Pro editing software. We also briefly stopped by Mr Lavertey’s Performing Arts lesson, where he was running a workshop on how to get into character.
For students who had chosen a more scientific pathway, several practical experiments had been set up in the Science Labs. In Chemistry, students did a practical test for alkenes and halide ions. The Biology practical included looking into enzyme reactions in liquidised celery and the pragmatic and nurturing pathway students took part in the BTEC Science taster session, carrying out a chromatograph on plant leaves. More of our current Year 13 students Charlotte Ratcliffe, Georgina Lee were spotted sporting laboratory coats and goggles to assist with the science lessons as the day went on. Ewen Shackel, Alice Miller and Chun Hay Tang had also been seen helping in an advisory capacity in Further Maths, where the class were learning about Imaginary and Complex numbers.
For students who had chosen the practical pathway, they were able to take part in a Product Design lesson, where they received a brief to design a piece of furniture, and produce a prototype within the time limit of the lesson. This pushed students to think on their feet and allowed them to familiarize themselves with the equipment in the workshops.
For students who had taken the nurturing pathway, they were able to get an idea of what to expect in Health & Social Care by participating in a carousel of activities based on the different units taught within the subject. We saw Rachel King assisting one group with the impacts of nutrition and the importance of a balanced diet.
Finally I was able to stop by a Geography lesson, available for students who had chosen the investigative or methodical pathways, where Dillon Gill kindly helped Mr Watson lead a question race on glacial systems where students split into teams and raced to answer the most questions as accurately and quickly as possible.
We would like to thank all the Year 13 students that have volunteered to help during this ALD event, along with all the staff that participated to make the day as enlightening and informative as possible, with the goal of helping Year 11 feel more confident with choosing their subjects for sixth form or college.