English taster for Primary School Pupils
Year 6 Primary School pupils have been finding out what it feels like to be Year 7 students in preparation for their first term at Ivybridge Community College.
Over the last three months, students from Stowford Primary School, Woodlands Park Primary School, The Erme Primary School, Manor Primary School and Shaugh Prior Primary School have attended a Year 7 English lesson at the College.
Mrs Pitcher, who invited the Year 6 pupils up to the College and taught them a lesson on the conventions of a narrative, explained, “The idea was to show the children some of the routines and teaching methods that they will experience in September. We wanted them to have the opportunity to really feel what it’s like to be a Year 7 student so that their transition from Primary to Secondary school would be as smooth as possible”.
All the pupils that took part in the experience engaged wonderfully in the challenging lesson and left the College with big smiles on their faces. One pupil said, “I liked how I got to see how a Year 7 class starts and ends. I also liked how I learnt something new”. Another pupil added, “I liked that at the start of the lesson we did the solo starter and that the lesson was very sociable and interactive”. Also, many pupils were very proud that they’d learnt something new as well as learning “how to behave and learn in a Year 7 classroom”.
One of the Primary School Teachers said, “Our children thoroughly enjoyed the lesson that you taught and the feedback was extremely positive. They already feel less concerned about moving up, which is a real bonus”.