Enrichment Series Inspires Local Pupils
Weekends in the Michaelmas Term were filled with joy and excitement as we held our Enrichment Programme aimed at primary school children.
Over the course of the programme, Year 5 and 6 pupils from local schools joined pupils from King’s Hall for a fun and varied selection of activities that were designed to enhance their learning, problem-solving, teamwork and communication skills.
Leading the sports activity was Director of Sport, Ali Halls. Indoor cricket, hockey and tag rugby were the games selected for this section of the programme.
Over two weekends, the pupils learned about the individual skills required for these activities, and enjoyed working in teams to test their communication and leadership skills. Hockey specialist, Sean Campleman, was impressed with the children’s efforts, while cricket specialist, Alex Barrow, was proud at how well the players adapted to the challenging activities.
Commenting on the workshop, Ali said: “We had a great time at the sports enrichment! I led the rugby, and the pupils seemed to love the games and skills on offer. They took a particular shine to practising their diving skills on the crash mats.”
English & Creative Writing
Our English workshops proved a popular addition to the Enrichment Programme. The children enjoyed a series of classes in creative writing and poetry in the comfort of our fabulous library.
As a natural ice-breaker, the pupils shared details about themselves and their reading habits. Harry Potter, and Stanley from Holes were some of their favourite adventure story characters. A bone-chilling reading of The Grendel also led into a talk about the general structure of an adventure novel, while the children used their lovely King’s Hall journals to make notes.
In addition to story writing, the children also created fantasy names for fictional lands, matched books with their fantastical world maps, and discovered the works of renowned playwright, William Shakespeare. Inspired by his work, they created their very own poems.
STEM and the Tomato Challenge
Following on the success of last year’s challenge, we decided to run a series of STEM workshops that included the popular Tomato Challenge that was introduced last year. This took place over three weekends in the Michaelmas Term, and saw in excess of 20 primary school children travel to King’s Hall for this eccentric activity.
To add meaning to the workshop, the children learned about South Asia, considering its geography and culture. They were then set the challenge of designing and building a machine that could transport cherry tomatoes up or down a hillside in Nepal.
With access to a wealth of materials, such as pulleys, ropes and packing choices, each group devised a solution to the problem – testing and modifying their designed based on their findings.
Whilst a fun activity in retrospect, there was also some serious learning involved. As well as discovering more about Nepal, the pupils learned how to calculate speed, and how to use Pythagoras to calculate length. There was also an opportunity to use the school's modern science lab.
On the final day, prizes were awarded for Speed, Design and Teamwork. This was followed by some outdoor fun using a sling shot to launch the tomatoes, monitoring speed using a trundle wheel and stop watch.
Commenting on the Enrichment Programme, Deputy Head (Academic), Jane Brazier, said: “Taking an active part in STEM challenges for example, can inspire and enthuse young people, with research suggesting that this will encourage more boys and girls to pursue STEM subjects at school.”
She added: “We were so impressed by the calibre, enthusiasm and team spirit of our pupils and visitors, and look forward to further workshops in the Lent Term.”
In the coming months, we have two new workshops running – Languages, and Art. Our Language Workshops will be taking place at King’s Hall on Saturday 2 and Saturday 9 February, with the Art Workshop taking place at our senior school King’s College on Saturday 16 March.
For further details, and to book your place, please contact Tess Spurr on 01823 285928 or email TSpurr@kingshalltaunton.co.uk.