Summer School 2021
Ernest Bevin College ran its Summer School during the last week of July, inviting all our new year 7’s and year 8’s to attend in order to support them to make the transition to the College and encourage the growth of positive relationships with their peers and some teachers. The College focused on social skills and confidence building as students had been under such strain after the COVID-19 lockdowns. The program also addressed some gaps of the students learning.
The week consisted of activities linked to literacy as well as team building.
Each morning students worked together to make their lunches, this enabled them to build their life skills. This was followed by a tour of the College and games in the playground including team building and bonding exercises. Students worked on coding their own games in ICT and creating chocolate box moulds in technology. A balanced lunch was provided for each student every day together with a snacks and juice. Students were taught to bake, cook, and computer aided design. Many students created 3D printed phone stands.
Students and staff lunched together, this facilitated conversations and reflections about the activities and also about the anxieties students may have had about returning to school.
A range of activities were facilitated including board games and dodgeball, a football tournament, table tennis, economics games and baking.
A drama performance was arranged followed by an interactive workshop which revolved around transition, starting at a new school, issues they might face including how to make new friends and provided them with a safe space to express their concerns about beginning at secondary school. Students spent a day working with Bigfoot, where they completed multiple problem solving activities. All students took part in a Crime Scene Investigation event where they worked as a team to solve clues.
The week was an incredible success ending with a students and teachers ‘shout out’ where students were rewarded for their courage, attitude, participation, kindness, sportsmanship and engagement. We purchased each student a t-shirt, reusable water bottle and lunch box branded with the Ernest Bevin College logo to encourage a sense of belonging and pride. On the last day of summer school a pizza party was held.
Student quote; “can we do this again next week?”
Teacher quote; “it’s been exhausting, but the best week, just what we all needed after the last year!”
We were able to offer 120 students a blend of academic and enriched activities. We hope to receive funding of £30,721 from the Department of Education to help cover the costs of running our Summer School this year. Please see below for a brief breakdown of how we chose to spend the funding received;
|Activity/ Purpose||Cost £|
|T-Shirts and Water Bottles||1,422|
|Games, Activities, Workshops||6,372|