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Academy transforms into Wonderland for Ollerton primary school pupils

Over 220 Year 5 pupils from local primary schools took part in a day of fun and engaging literacy-focused STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) activities at The Dukeries Academy in Ollerton during British Science Week.

The academy was transformed in to Wonderland by Academy Transformation Trust Further Education (ATT FE) staff from Sutton Community Academy for a themed family learning day. The event was hosted to spark a passion for STEM subjects by introducing local pupils to them in creative and interactive ways.

To celebrate the writings of Lewis Carroll, children dressed up as their favourite characters from Alice in Wonderland and enjoyed a ‘Mad Hatter’s Tea Party’ style lunch. Pupils got involved in interactive activities including filming themselves as part of a scene from the Tim Burton film using green screen technology in The Dukeries Academy state of the art innovation room; a Jabberwocky literacy session looking at portmanteau words; and made ‘Drink Me’ potions exploring the effects of dry ice.

Pupils also took part in white rabbit kung fu in which they were taught key martial arts moves, and circus skills with a science twist involving light refracting glass balls. A magician kept the pupils entertained throughout the day and the event closed with an exciting light show performance.

Local schools attending the event were The Flying High Academy, The Parkgate Academy, Forest View Academy, St. Josephs School Boughton, King Edwin Primary School, Walesby C of E Primary School and Kneesall C of E Primary School.

The Academy Transformation Trust academies in Nottinghamshire have previously teamed up to hold two Harry Potter themed learning events, transforming the academy in to Hogwarts to show local school children the magic of learning.

Liz Barrett, Principal at ATT FE commented: “This ATT FE family learning event was wonderful in every way. Primary school children and their parents engaged in a wide range of STEM technology activities as well as experiencing the brilliant ‘green screen’ technology that is at The Dukeries Academy.”

Ian Barton, Principal at The Dukeries Academy commented: “I believe it’s really important to give children an enriching educational experience and introduce them to a secondary education setting in an exciting way. All the Year 5 pupils who took part were thoroughly engaged, brilliantly behaved, and a credit to themselves and their schools. The enthusiasm and hard work of staff at the academy and at ATT FE made this a fantastic, fun event for our local community.”

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