Leeds Beckett University Open Day
Batley Girls’ High School – Summer School
The theme for the week was ‘Yorkshire’, with a particular focus on History and Geography. The first activity that students were given was to complete a group research project on a particular area of Yorkshire. They were given specific things to look for in order to give them focus and direction. During this time I was able to get to know some of the students and other members of staff. As well as helping the students it also helped me to feel more confident about beginning my own training!
After break students continued working on their research and were given the opportunity to try a number of typically Yorkshire sweets which they all enjoyed.
At lunch and break students were given the opportunity to do some craft work. This gave me the opportunity to really have a chat and get to know them further. Students talked about what they were looking forward to in regards of starting secondary school and also what they were scared of. By the end of the day students seemed much more confident about starting school.
Riddlesden Hall - 26th August 2015
The experience was aimed at pupil premium students in year 6 who would be starting at BGHS in September in order to help them feel more confident about starting high school and to provide them with an experience they might otherwise not get. The visit also gave members of staff an opportunity to monitor students for any possible difficulties that they might encounter in order to put strategies in place for the beginning of term.
The day was split between a number of different activities including orienteering, bird watching and looking around the stately home. I was given responsibility for a small group and we rotated around the activities together. It was up to me to make sure that all students were accounted for at regular intervals and to ensure that the students were behaving safely and appropriately at all times.
All of the student really enjoyed the day and it gave me an opportunity to observe how school trips are organised and carried out to ensure the enjoyment and safety of all students. It also gave me a chance to get to know some of the students and other members of staff that I would be working alongside for the next year. The experience was invaluable for both myself and the students.