Summer fun at The Whitehaven Academy

At the start of the summer holidays, we ran a couple of summer schools for Year 5 and Year 6 primary school pupils from the local area along with our current Year 7 pupils from the academy.

The first week was solely for our new Year 7 pupils who will be joining us at The Whitehaven Academy in September. During the week, they took part in a variety of activities which helped them to get used to the layout of the school, meet new friends and get to know their new teachers.

The second week was packed full of fun and creative activities to suit all children – from coding and computing with our Geek Week to netball, crafts and rock climbing!

In total we had around 70 pupils from Years 5, 6 and 7 and the week was really well received with lots of positive comments from parents and the children – and the children doing the rock climbing even achieved a Level 1 NICAS (National Indoor Climbing Award Scheme) qualification.

The children chose two activities from the list below, one morning activity and one afternoon activity, and followed them through for the full week – developing their skills, engaging in their learning and making new friends.

  • Free running
  • Archery
  • Basketball with Manchester Giants
  • Creative glass
  • Rock climbing
  • Netball
  • Games coding (Geek Week)
  • Orienteering
  • Canoeing
  • Art
  • Cookery.

During Geek Week, the children worked with experienced developers to design and build their own games. The week was delivered by Bright Tribe Trust’s technology partner, The Knowledge Network, who wrote a daily blog about the week – take a look at the site to see what they got up to and look at more photos.

The pupils were asked to sum up their week in a few words so we’ve put it all together into a Word Cloud along with some great photos from the two weeks.

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