Since the start of spring term, Mr Newton and the English department at Staffordshire University Academy have been welcoming students from primary schools in the local area to 'High Fives': a program which helps to stretch and challenge students that have shown a talent for the study of English in their own schools, and also prepares them for the excitement and opportunities of high school life here at Staffordshire University Academy.
Year 5 students from Littleton Green Primary and Chadsmoor Juniors are all in regular attendance, and appear to thoroughly enjoy the opportunity to meet and greet the staff; as well as the other students in their new class. Working through team-building activities and competitions, the students have already attempted to build the tallest tower possible from the basic materials they were given. This has really helped the students to know each other and prepare for life at high school. One enthusiastic student, Ella Templeman from Chadsmoor Juniors, said ‘I never thought I’d make friends with people from other schools so quickly’.
Extending their English skills is the primary focus for the weeks ahead, with students set to write stories, perform poetry (even entering into rap battles) and begin analysis of key literary texts that they might study through their high school journey.
Thanks must go to Mrs Blakeley for helping support in class, and Mr Handy for organising and helping transport the group; both have made the students feel warmly welcomed within the school. An extra special mention must go to our Year 9 Peer Mentors Elisha Bridgart, Todd Brooks and Chloe Payne who have shown real maturity and responsibility in their roles and formed great relationships with their mentees. Sessions run weekly on Mondays during period 5, so watch this space to see how our excellent High Fives build and develop their skills for the future.
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