School’s new cur­ricu­lum is buck­ing trend

Macclesfield Express - - WILDLIFE -

PUPILS at Tyther­ing­ton School are try­ing their hand at a host of new ac­tiv­i­ties rang­ing from a UK Maths Chal­lenge to sci­ence mas­ter­classes to a busi­ness chal­lenge in the style of TV’s The Ap­pren­tice.

The ac­tiv­i­ties are part of a new key stage three cur­ricu­lum launched by the school to in­crease ed­u­ca­tional op­por­tu­ni­ties for stu­dents.

The new cur­ricu­lum fol­lows a re­port pub­lished by Of­sted called ‘Key Stage Three: The Wasted Years’, which ex­am­ines the na­tional trend of a dip in per­for­mance when pupils join sec­ondary school.

Head­teacher Manny Botwe how­ever, says his school is ‘buck­ing the trend’. He said: “We have an in­no­va­tive key stage three pro­gramme which pro­vides a range of op­por­tu­ni­ties for stu­dents.

“I have worked in sev­eral schools in my ca­reer and I have never come across any­thing like this.”

Over the last term the school’s cur­ricu­lum has in­cluded a sci­ence mas­ter­class at Jo­drell Bank, edit­ing the lat­est edi­tion of Bolling­ton Live, a new school news­pa­per, and at­tend­ing po­etry work­shops run by lo­cal po­ets, with work from the school dis­played in Bolling­ton Li­brary.

Year seven and eight stu­dents have also taken on the Ten­ner Chal­lenge run by char­ity Young En­ter­prise, in which they are given £10 to start a so­cial en­ter­prise busi­ness in groups.

Stu­dents run the busi­ness for one month, to see how much profit they can make. They have set up busi­nesses in­clud­ing a Hire a Help ser­vice for teach­ers, a car wash­ing ser­vice and a sta­tionery shop in the re­fec­tory.

They have also run a disco at a pri­mary school and year seven and eight stu­dents have taken part in a mas­ter­class on sports jour­nal­ism cour­tesy of Manch­ester United.

●● Noel Owen, four, picks out pineap­ple dur­ing the day tast­ing dif­fer­ent fruit and veg­eta­bles at Bright Hori­zons Day Nurs­ery and Pre-School

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