Natalie Brady

Leeds Beckett University Open Day

In order to promote both the University and The Yorkshire Rose Teaching Partnership, I attended a postgraduate Open Day at the Headingly Campus. The day involved speaking to prospective students and answering any questions they had about Teacher Training. Many people were interested to find out how to apply and were interested to find out the difference between school direct and provider led routes as well as my experience of the course. I was able to share with them my positive experience which will hopefully lead to some future applications.

Batley Girls’ High School – Summer School

During the last week of the summer holidays, Batley Girls’ High School provide a summer school for pupil premium students. The purpose of the school is to provide extra transition for the more vulnerable students and give them access to a number of enrichment activities that they may not otherwise experience. The summer school includes various activities such as team building, food technology and arts and crafts. During my time at the summer school I had the opportunity to work alongside other members of staff and be a part of numerous team building activities.

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

As part of the BGHS summer school, a number of students were taken to the National Trust Stately Home of East Riddlesden Hall in West Yorkshire, to fit in with the Summer School Humanities focus about Yorkshire.

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.

Wuthering Heights

On Saturday 12th March, I attended Batley Girls High School in order to help create a display board for their production of Wuthering Heights. This involved finding finding images of all the different covers of the book and researching information on Bronte 200 to create an attractive as well as informative display. As well as allowing me to contribute to the school’s extra-curricular activities, it also provided me with an opportunity to familiarise myself with some of the pupils that I will be working with next year.