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Summer School update. 16th July - Please complete the form below:

 

 

As we approach the end of term the summer school is just around the corner,  we just wanted to update you on a few points and ask for a few details. Please read the information and complete the form below.

The summer school will start at 9.30 am, please enter the school via the main entrance, due to Covid restrictions we would ask all parents to wait outside the building. We will finish at 2.30 and they will leave via the same door. 

The children will be in small groups for the Thursday and Friday academic catch up sessions, where possible this will be with members of their tutor group and House. This will allow them to meet their classmates ahead of September, during break and lunchtime the children will all be outside together with a view to meeting new people in their year. Due to the nature of the activities for the Monday to Wednesday they will be in slightly larger groups.

Staff will continue to wear face coverings but there is no expectation that children will, this is optional. We will ask the children to use hand sanitiser when entering the building, this will also be in classrooms along with wipes for tables. If your child does have any Covid symptoms (link here for symptoms) please don’t send them in and let our reception team know.

There is no requirement for the children to be in uniform, we ask that they dress appropriately for the activities they have chosen. The children will be outside for various parts of the day, particularly Monday - Wednesday so please do send them with sun cream (we are unable to apply this in school) and a hat. Please ensure they bring plenty of water and a packed lunch, we will supply books to write in and a pen.

Please take a few minutes to complete the form below, we will require details on contact numbers in case of an emergency and any medical conditions in order for your child to attend. From Monday to Wednesday we will have a number of inflatables on site. We will require your permission for them to use the inflatable equipment, and that they will follow the guidance they are given ahead of the supervised sessions.

Aims of the Summer School

To deliver a summer school offering a blend of academic education and enrichment activities.

Students will have an opportunity to:

  • Build a community with their fellow pupils
  • Forge relationships with new teachers
  • Familiarise themselves with their new school environment

This transition is known to be a challenging one for some pupils, and the impacts of the pandemic have increased this challenge. Pupils leaving primary school this year may have missed a significant proportion of key stage 2 (KS2) face-to face teaching and therefore missed valuable preparation for secondary education. They are likely to need additional support with English and maths. A summer school gives an opportunity to offer that face-to-face support before they start a new school.

Summer school also offers an important opportunity to support pupils’ wellbeing. The cultural capital pupils have lost out on is important too. Pupils may not have heard as many words as they do on a normal day or read the books or been to the different places they might have otherwise. Some pupils won’t have had access to a garden or other safe outdoor space during lockdown, so this will form part of the summer school.

Summer School Dates

The Summer School will run from Thursday 29th July – August 4th 2021.

Timings of the Day

09.30 – 10.00 Welcome and Wellbeing session

10.00 - 11.00 Session 1

11:00 – 11.30 Break with activities

11.30 – 12.30 Session 2

12.30 – 13.00 Lunch

13.00 – 14.00 Session 3

14.00 – 14.30 Session close/review/plan for following day

Summer School Plan:

Day

Activities

Thursday/Friday

Academic: English, Maths, 1-hour wellbeing session led by an external provider

Monday - Wednesday

Performing Arts option:

Students opt for one of the disciplines (music, music tech, drama or musical theatre) and would work on activities in that discipline for the 3 days, culminating in a short outdoor performance at the end of the 3 days. 

 

Monday - Wednesday

Sport/Team building option

Students will take part in a carousel of activities including sports, games, scavenger hunts, map reading and team building

 

Wellbeing sessions will also be provided by an external provider.

 

 

Typical Day Thursday/Friday

Time

Activity

Group 1

9.30 – 10.00

Welcome

Welcome/outline of the day

Wellbeing activity

Prayer

10.00 – 11.00

Session 1

Maths catch -up /Key stage 3 introductory lesson. The session will be led by teacher from the Minster School Maths department.

 

11.00 - 11.30

Break/activities

Opportunity to meet other students and take part in activities/games outside.

11.30 – 12.30

Session 2

English catch -up /Key stage 3 introductory lesson. The session will be led by teacher from the Minster School English department.

 

12.30 – 1.00

Lunch

Students will bring their own packed lunch and eat outside in the amphitheatre (weather dependant), followed by a further opportunity to meet other students and take part in activities/games outside.

1.00 – 2.00

Session 3

Wellbeing session led by an external provider

2.00 – 2.30

Session close/review

Review of the day.

Closing prayer