Here at The Kingsway Academy, we recognise that moving from primary to secondary school is a huge step and can be incredibly daunting for both pupils and their families.

Working closely with partner primary schools allows us to prepare students for life beyond primary.  Not only can we get to know our future students, but we can liaise with Year 6 teachers to plan ahead and build upon the good work that has been achieved throughout Key Stage 1 and 2.

We host a number of sessions, encouraging attendance from our partner primary schools. These sessions can vary from masterclasses to dance competitions, cooking classes to seasonal fairs, all of which allow primary students and parents the opportunity to get a feel for life at The Kingsway Academy.

Christ Church get Cooking!

Year 4 students at Christ Church are taking part in the Mini Chef Award, part of the Active Kids Get Cooking Awards. Our focus has been on preparing and cooking healthy snacks and understanding that snacks do not have to be high in fat and sugar. The students have prepared a range of healthy dishes such as vegetable cous cous, cheese scones, fruity muffins and flapjacks.

The students are able to demonstrate a range of practical skills including the bridge and claw method of chopping and slicing, weighing and measuring and using the cooker safely. Our practical lessons are great fun and have provided a number of life skills. Above all we have produced lots of yummy food!

Pupils say ‘Oui!’ to Modern Foreign Languages

Leasowe Primary and Christ Church pupils have been encouraged to learn and use the skills to build sentences in a new language. This gives pupils the opportunity to think and to exercise new ways of understanding language. Pupils have been learning French and Spanish whilst at The Kingsway Academy. The lessons have been planned to prepare the pupils for learning language at secondary school. As well as learning language, pupils have been exploring the different cultures. They have been looking at culture, food and music in the different areas of France and Spain.

Christ Church explores World Dance

During half term Year 4 students at Christ Church Primary School have been undergoing a module of dance, each week they are taught a different category of “world dance” including African, Tudor and Bollywood. They learn a little about the history of world dance and have the opportunity to put their own expression into their choreography. They have been enjoying their unit and it has been a pleasure working with them so far.

Students get mixing and slicing in Let’s get Cooking Workshop

Year 4 classes from Christ Church and Castleway Primary School have been enjoying their ‘Let’s Get Cooking’ sessions which have taken place this term. he focus has been to prepare and cook healthy snacks and for the students to understand that snacks do not have to be high in fat and sugar content. Snacks and meals have included cheese scones, flapjacks, cookies, cous cous, pasta salads, and fruity muffins. The students demonstrated a range of practical skills including methods of chopping, slicing, weighing, measuring and using the oven safely. The lessons have been great fun and we have produced lots of delicious food.

The Human Body gets examined in Science

We were visited by excited students from Christ Church Primary School who had come to learn all about the human body, and to get involved in some exciting experiments!

Firstly we looked at the structure of the heart and were so impressed with how much the students already knew. We then looked at a real heart and dissected it to look at its structure. Some brave students even put their special gloves on and had a feel!

We then talked about the digestive system, and modelled the system all the way from the mouth right through the human body. The students were involved from being the teeth that crushed the food, the stomach that churned the food, to adding enzymes along the way.

The next experiment was to find out how much energy is in our food. We decided to do this by burning it. All the students enjoyed using the Bunsen burners and they were all very sensible and kept themselves and others safe.

Castleway Primary try out Orienteering

Castleway Primary School are enjoying a module of Orienteering and with the help of our Year 8 leaders. They have been enjoying map reading skills and creating their own “assault” course using various equipment.

Students get mixing and slicing in Let’s get Cooking Workshop

Year 4 classes from Christ Church and Castleway Primary School have been enjoying their ‘Let’s Get Cooking’ sessions which have taken place this term. he focus has been to prepare and cook healthy snacks and for the students to understand that snacks do not have to be high in fat and sugar content. Snacks and meals have included cheese scones, flapjacks, cookies, cous cous, pasta salads, and fruity muffins. The students demonstrated a range of practical skills including methods of chopping, slicing, weighing, measuring and using the oven safely. The lessons have been great fun and we have produced lots of delicious food.

Castleway Primary take to the Orienteering Challenge

Castleway Primary School took part in an Outdoor and Adventurous Education module. They have understood how to read simple maps using keys and colour codes, took part in a number of self-assembled assault courses and used numeracy challenges within a planned orienteering course. Their final session included an orienteering course using our outside space to locate checkpoints which had been plotted on a map. The groups completed this final challenge using excellent communication within their team and very careful planning and execution. Well done to each and every one of the Year 4 students for taking on this challenge, even in the rain!

Egremont Primary School put their best foot forward

Since January, we have worked very closely delivering gymnastics and dance at Egremont Primary School. Their gymnastics lessons resulted in them competing at The Kingsway Academy annual Next Steps Competition on Friday 12 February. We were very proud of our Year 9 Leaders who helped to assist and officiate this competition.

Pupils say ‘Oui!’ to Modern Foreign Languages

Leasowe Primary and Christ Church pupils have been encouraged to learn and use the skills to build sentences in a new language. This gives pupils the opportunity to think and to exercise new ways of understanding language. Pupils have been learning French and Spanish whilst at The Kingsway Academy. The lessons have been planned to prepare the pupils for learning language at secondary school. As well as learning language, pupils have been exploring the different cultures. They have been looking at culture, food and music in the different areas of France and Spain.