Walsall Academy ran a week-long Summer School for students from Monday 16 August 2021. This was split into 3 areas:

  • Year 6 into Year 7 transition
  • Year 8 employability skills
  • Year 10 and Year 11 STEM

Below is a short outline of the activities that were incorporated into each of these:

Year 6 into Year 7 Transition Week

Our new Year 7 students took part in curriculum learning put on by Walsall Academy teachers along with guest input from ‘Positively Making A Difference’ (Positively MAD).

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

PE

(Multi sports rotation)

Music

(Drum sessions)

Positively MAD
(Numeracy, literacy, team building)

Positively MAD
(Numeracy, literacy, team building)

Citizenship

(Black Lives Matter)

Maths

(Fun with numbers)

Graphic Design
(Drawing skills)

Languages
(Russian)

Languages
(Russian)

Hospitality
(Rocky Road and Mocktails)

Science

(Paper chromatography)

Business Enterprise
(Designing your own sweets)

Geography
(Volcanoes)

Geography
(Volcanoes)

Art

(Sketching skills)

History
(Vikings)

History
(Vikings)

English

(Charlie and the Chocolate Factory)

Year 8 Employability Skills Week

Our Year 8 students took part in the wide range of activities that were put on offer as part of the Summer School.  Much of the week was co-ordinated by the ‘Inspirational Learning Group’, along with guests who delivered excellent and engaging workshops, including ‘Bee Active’ and ‘Oli Docks Music Man’. These sessions in particular were very popular with the students, with ‘Bee Active’ getting the students all involved with games such as ‘Human Hungry Hippos’ and the messy yet fun ‘Colour Run’. The ‘Oli Docks Music Man’ had students using basic percussion instruments to produce music based on a number of popular songs. The week culminated in the students bringing together work they had produced throughout the summer school into a presentation, with approximately 50 parents, carers, friends and family who had chance to see their children present, get feedback from judges and receive a number of awards.

Year 10 and Year 11 STEM Week

In the STEM Summer School, students completed a set of tasks split across our Technology and Science departments.  In Technology, tasks included building a bridge to span a gap between two tables from perforated card pieces which students were given a budget to purchase from a mock supply shop. The teams of students also had to safely deliver two eggs across the bridge by building a self-propelled car using elastic bands and finally a system to safely deliver the eggs to the ground after being dropped from 20 feet. The students built momentum and confidence over the course of the project as well as collaborating in their teams to achieve some well thought out and excellently engineered solutions to a challenging series of problems. The week culminated in groups testing their designs in a rigorous series of challenges which was thoroughly enjoyable for all involved.

In the Science practical sessions students had the chance to fill gaps in their knowledge by taking part in experiments that they had missed out on in the previous school year. Over the course of the week students attended sessions in all 3 Science areas. In Chemistry, students learnt about the crystallisation process; in Biology students engaged with a practical which measured the effects of salinity on a potato; and finally, the week rounded off with a Physics practical examining the effects of liquid viscosity on velocity. These sessions allowed the year groups to build on key knowledge such as the names of practical equipment and the ‘Scientific Method’.

Financing

The cost of the Summer School came to £93,770.65

This included the following approximate expenditure groups:

£30,000 Staffing

£40,000 Equipment

£15,000 External Provision

£6,000 Catering

£2,000 Utilities