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.
After lunch students had a food lesson. They were all given the challenge of making a typically Yorkshire dish such as Toad in the Hole. All of them really enjoyed the practical element and managed to produce all the dished which they could then try.
To end the day I helped write up some transition notes on a number of students who we believed needed ‘keeping an eye on’ throughout the week. These students were those who had shown some behavioural issues throughout the day or were seen to be struggling socially with their peers.