Pupils from Years 7-10 had great fun at the end of term enjoying a wide range of activities as part of our Exploration Days programme. The purpose of these days is to introduce pupils to new areas of learning that are not covered in the curriculum and to give them the opportunity to spend time immersing themselves in a range of diverse activities.
Year 7 were involved in science, maths and D&T activities – making prototype models from Lego; recording a film on an environmental issue; creating a wind turbine; designing an economically efficient and environmentally friendly house; and involving themselves in mathematical problems with topics such as ‘Are All Penguins Criminals?’ Pupils also had the opportunity to create photo frames using plastic waste materials and to make a plaque with their hand on it using sustainable materials.
Year 8 pupils spent two days immersing themselves in activities linked to Languages, Humanities and the Arts. These involved African drumming, henna designs, street dance and Bollywood dancing. A murder mystery session got pupils to think about how the environment impacts on investigations. Along the same environmental theme pupils looked at the impact that plastic pollution has on our oceans and how this is a global responsibility. Idris, the Imam from Worthing Mosque spoke to pupils about the ways in which religions from other cultures are becoming more and more a part of our everyday lives, as we live in a more diverse community. Pupils also had the opportunity to have an introduction to yoga and British Sign Language.
Year 9 spent their two days at Fairthorne Manor undertaking a great range of outdoor activities and spending the night in tents. Pupils who did not attend the residential had the opportunity to help out in the sessions run for the other year groups, providing support and guidance.
Mr Beezy, who has visited Bishop Luffa before, delivered a motivational assembly to Year 10 pupils to enthuse and inspire them before the summer break and the start of Year 11. Pupils split into groups to attend workshops on mindfulness and stress management. On the second Exploration Day they spent the day on the school playing fields undertaking a wide range of physical and mental challenges which they had to overcome, encouraging pupils to work as a team.
A fantastic two days – it’s wonderful to see pupils involved in such a wide range of activities outside of the normal lessons.