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Taster days for new students at St Edward's Academy in Leek

By Leek Post and Times  |  Posted: July 22, 2014

By Belinda Hargreaves

Pictured are Year Four youngsters enjoy taster days at St Edward's Academy in Leek where they will be starting in September.

Pictured are Year Four youngsters enjoy taster days at St Edward's Academy in Leek where they will be starting in September.

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First school children have been getting a taste of what their school life will be like when they move up to middle school in September.

All school years in Leek temporarily 'moved up' a year last week as part of the annual Transition Days which take place across the town.

We visited St Edward's Academy in Leek to speak to some of the first school children who spent a few days at the Westwood Road school ahead of them starting there in the new school term.

The youngsters arrived for their taster days with 'Chatterboxes' which are designed to help them get to know one and another.

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Each box contains pictures and objects of people and places they know which encourages the children to talk to each other about.

The pupils visiting St Edward's Academy enjoyed a range of lessons and activities such as: making poppies, science experiments and maths games.

Headteacher Liz Clarke said: "As always a significant part of trnsition has been about making friends and meeting staff.

"As a school our focus is on 'Respect' for people and places and this theme has been followed through in lessons and assemblies.

"he whole purpose of our transition is to introduce our school to pupils, parents and ease the anxieties that naturally exist as pupils move to new schools."

Brad Grindey, aged nine from All Saint's First School, said; "We've been doing maths and science, and I've enjoyed all of it, because it's been fun. I'm not scared at all to move up to this school."

Tyler Heath, aged nine, from All Saint's First School, said: "Yesterday we made poppies for Eureka day. That was fun, but my favourite thing has been the dice games we played in maths."

Ted Thackstone, aged nine, said: "I'm excited to move up here.

"One of my brothers is here and I have friends here.

"I'm a bit nervous because it's new to me and there's lots of people I don't know, but the teacher's here are nice."

Dan Pope, from Westwood First School, said: "I have learned about where my form room will be and what the school day hours are.

"We have played some music and also done some code breaking in maths class.

"The school is a lot bigger. I am excited but a little bit nervous about moving to this school."

Molly Fern, from St Edward's First School in Cheddleton, said: "I learned a lot in science and maths and enjoyed the dice games that we did."

Issy Rose, aged nine, from Westwood First School, said: "We have been taking a look around the school and having some lessons. It's been fun."

Tilly Edwards, aged nine from St Edward's First School in Cheddleton, said: "The school dinners are nice here. And I have enjoyed the science lessons so far as they are a lot more exciting than what we have done before."

Spike McDonald, aged nine from Westwood First School, said: "The teachers here are really nice and treat you more like adults."

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