Summer Learning For Bradford Primary Schools
Lessons to be learned - Perfecting the classroom of tomorrow, todayBradford primary school students are today embarking on two weeks of activities and games at Tong High School as part of the government’s new summer schools initiative.
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Designed to combat the ‘dip in learning’ associated with the six week summer break, the activity camp at Tong High School will bring together students from across the city; supporting with the transition from primary to secondary education.
Operating on a carousel system, young people taking part in the camp will have the opportunity to experience all aspects of school life, whilst meeting new friends and classmates. As well as traditional literacy and numeracy sessions, there will be interactive games, cooking and language workshops, the opportunity to use the latest ICT equipment and the chance to write and produce a school newspaper.
Tong High School’s leading sports and performing arts facilities will be put to good use with pupils writing, rehearsing and presenting their very own ‘musical-in-a-day’ and taking part in various sporting activities including a daily swim.
Announced by deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg, funding for 2,000 summer camps across the UK has been made available to help disadvantaged children have a ‘flying start’ in secondary school. He said: “It’s two weeks in the summer holidays where pupils can catch up on learning and get to grips with life in secondary school – in short get in the starting blocks ready for the off in September.”
Tong High School Deputy Headteacher, Jane Girt, is leading the initiative. She said: “Starting secondary school is daunting for many young people which can lead to a dip in their performance, so the aim of our summer camp is to make the transition as smooth as possible.
“Students have the opportunity to familiarise themselves with the school, facilities and teachers, as well as trying out some of the activities and subjects which will be part of their day to day learning once they start school in September. Even more importantly, it’s a great way to resolve any worries or concerns they might have about joining the school and gives an invaluable opportunity to meet their new classmates and friends in a fun, relaxed environment.”
Tong High School is a multi-cultural co-educational school for 11-19 year olds which serves a wide area of south east Bradford with 1,600 pupils. The school was again named among the country’s 100 most-improved schools for the second year running and received personal congratulations by Schools Minister Nick Gibb because of its progress in English and maths GCSE results based on grades A* to C between 2008 and 2011.Follow the school on Twitter at @Tong_HighSchool.
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