Learning outside the classroom can really engage pupils and it also helps to make the learning more relevant. Trips can support pupil creativity and expose them to new experiences that they may not have had.
At Caistor Yarborough Academy we offer a wide range of trips that support and enhance pupils learning. This year trips that have happened or will be happening are: High Adventure, Holderness, Castleton, year 7 activity evening, Sir Isaac Newton lecture, Math's team competitions and a year 11 revision day. Next year we are running a Ski trip to Santa Caterina.
We have provisionally booked places for students to take part in a Caistor Yarborough Academy skiing trip to Santa Caterina, Italy in February 2018. Santa Caterina has been chosen for the extensive skiing available for beginner and intermediate groups, and the proximity of the accommodation to the slopes. The coach will leave on Friday 9th February and return on Friday 16th February 2018. Skiing trip Initial letter.pdf
Year 7 Clubs
To support the transition from primary to secondary learning an activity booklet was created and handed out to all year 7 pupils in the first week. This booklet showed them the wide range of activities that they could attend during lunch times, whilst making new friends through a common interest. At Caistor Yarborough Academy we try and make learning as fun and engaging as possible. Lunch clubs are a great way for pupils to explore new interest and make friends.
Being confident with the skills and knowledge used in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) subjects gives students an advantage as they move through their secondary education and into further study and work. Nationally there is a shortage of people studying STEM subjects at a higher level and choosing to work in these fields. To help students understand the opportunities available to them and help them develop the necessary skills, eg. problem solving, working in a team, independence, perseverance and creativity, a variety of activities and visits take place throughout the year.
All students are given the opportunity to participate in the UKMT Junior/Intermediate Maths Challenges (as appropriate to their age) which are held in school. Students regularly achieve well in these, receiving Bronze, Silver or Gold certificates. Additionally, to challenge the more able students teams are entered in both the UKMT Team Maths Challenge (Years 8 and 9) and the FMSP Maths Feast (Year 10) which are competitions held at other schools that enable students to experience more demanding problem solving as a team in a relaxed yet competitive environment.
To extend students' understanding of career opportunities available to them a group of Year 10s attend the Sir Isaac Newton lecture each year which is held at RAF Cranwell. This is organised jointly by the Institution of Engineering and Technology, the Royal Aeronautical Society and the Institution of Mechanical Engineers. The speakers are experts in their field who are excellent at exciting and inspiring young people; previous lectures have covered areas such as the European Space Agency ExoMars rover vehicle project and smart building materials.
The weekly STEM Club is a hands on activity with students designing, building and programming a robot to compete in the VEX Robotics Competition. This is a global competition with schools competing at regional level to get into the national then global finals. It is competitive but has a very supportive environment as teams help each other to solve problems via an online forum and at the competitions.