We enjoy working collaboratively with our local primary schools across a range of areas and often invite primary students in for taster lessons, sports events, performance shows and much more…. after all, they are the future generation of OSA!
We have recently been doing a project to raise our students’ motivation, achievement and progress through empowering them to lead the delivery of a range of sessions and developing collaboration with the local primary schools and within classes.
Howe Dell primary school students in Year 5 had the opportunity to experience our catering sessions. We are very proud of our Catering leaders who led and supported the students to create biscuits. The primary school pupils were extremely pleased and thrilled by the opportunity to take some biscuits home! One of our students proudly announced, ‘it has developed my confidence and motivation for the subject!’
Computer Science leaders have delivered a series of sessions to St. Philip Howard, Oak View and The Ryde students and many more to come for other local primary schools. We are in our third successful year hosting these exciting sessions in Computer Science, where Year 5 and 6 students are given the opportunity to explore programming and build games. Year 5 and 6 students benefit from the project as they are given an insight into Computer Science subject and experience life in a secondary school. They get to explore block programming in Scratch. One of our leaders expressed their interest, ‘I love helping younger years and it’s helped me understand higher-order programming compared to block programming.’
Birchwood primary school students had the opportunity to experience an Art taster session. Year 5 students thoroughly enjoyed this session. Our Art leaders delivered a lesson on pointillism in Aboriginal art work from Australia. The primary school students were excited to show their final pieces of artwork to each other. One of our students said ‘it has helped me in my understanding of the topic and I’ve used this knowledge to help me in lesson.’
Geography/History leaders planned, prepared and delivered the session to the Ryde primary school students. The Year 6 students experienced what life is like in a secondary school. Our Geography and History leaders taught them a lesson on the Battle of Hastings. The primary school students learned what makes a good map and created one for the Battle of Hastings.
Oak View also had the opportunity to practice some Spanish! They experienced the language for the first time and learned basic words. The primary school students and teachers enjoyed the session so much that they wanted to bring their other classes. Well done to the leaders who delivered the whole session!
Year 5 St. Philip Howard students tried a Business taster session. They made a business plan to follow a brief that required them to create wacky crisps. The primary school students had to think not only about the new product, but, also the price, promotional strategy and the distribution. They were extremely proud of their creations. The Business students lead the whole session and one student said, ‘it has developed my confidence a lot’.