A two week extravaganza of learning and sports was held at a Mansfield school to give local youngsters a taste of what they can expect when they arrive at ‘big school’.
Samworth Church Academy’s Summer Experience (SCASE) provided literacy and numeracy classes, sports activities, art and drama, as well as a variety of exciting trips.
The outings included visits to Drayton Manor Park, Twycross Zoo, Magna Science Adventure Centre and Nottingham Castle during their Great War Exhibition. There was also a visit from falconers ‘Hawks of Steele’ who brought along some birds of prey to show the group of about 40 children.
Joshua Bonsall, a year 8 student at the Academy who participated last year, acted as a mentor this time around.
He said: “I enjoyed helping the year 6 students through the activities. I think it helps them to be less worried about coming to an upper school”.
Student Trinity Rees (11), who is moving from Asquith Primary School to Samworth Church Academy in September, said: “I would recommend it because it will help us in September. My favourite thing and the most exciting, was when I conquered my fear of heights on the high ropes.”
The two weeks of activities ended on Friday when all of the children performed in front of an audience of friends and family with a dance and drama show.
To find out more about Samworth Church Academy, please visit www.samworthchurchacademy.co.uk