PARENTS and pupils have been given an insight into the inner workings of a middle school.
Churnet View Middle School in Leek held an Intake Evening on Wednesday, September 25, for parents and prospective pupils to have a look at what the school offers and see if it is where the youngsters would like to go for their next school.
The teaching on the evening was based on a theme of multi-sensory learning, multiple intelligences and learning styles.
Parents and pupils could do a multi-sensory learning test in the ICT department to find out which was their dominant learning style.
In the design, technology and graphics department there were two areas, one which dealt with resistant materials where visitors could make wooden key fobs, and another where they had a go at soldering and vacuum forming.
In the art department they made badges with different textured fabrics.
In the library and learning resource centre the theme was ‘sounds of the forest’, the library being a ‘forest of books’.
In The Den, which is used for Special Educational Needs and Gifted and Talented Pupils, there were examples of all of the senses; a plate of biscuits for the visitors represented taste; scent boxes smell; bowls of jelly with hidden objects in them touch; iPads, fairy lights and decorations sight; and music played in the background hearing.
In the music department visitors could watch a choir singing several songs together in different harmonies and styles, including Gospel.
In the Geography department visitors took part in games teaching map skills and in the maths department there were iPads and maths tests for parents and pupils to take part in.
In the science department visitors could print their fingerprints and compare them to a chart of styles to find out which was most like theirs.
They could also have a look through microscopes at different cell types, and have a go at a reflection table.
In the English department visitors could take part in a spelling game and play back pre-recorded audio of school pupils reading different lines from Shakespeare plays and see if they could guess which ones they were from.
In the food technology department school pupils cooked cakes and cookies which were handed round to all the visitors.
As part of the newly formed Leek Federation, pupils attending Churnet View can now choose whether they want to go on to Westwood College or Leek High School.
Headteacher of Churnet View Julia Turner said: “The evening was great and very positive; we had lots of visitors.
“We wanted the evening to show how we are embracing change and how we are building on our Good Ofsted report.
“We are really focused on raising standards and have introduced a host of new technology to help us to do this.
“It is about doing the best for every child irrespective of their abilities. and catering to their learning needs.
“We want our children to be happy to learn in a safe environment within school.
“Every child has a different way in which they learn, and different styles of learning, and we wanted to show that Churnet View is a vibrant and fabulous place to learn.”