Spring 2017 edition of the Coombeshead Academy Aspire magazine.
WORKING IN THE COMMUNITY SUPPORTING INITIAL TEACHER TRAINING Coombeshead Academy is extremely committed to initial teacher training. We have excellent and long established relationships with Exeter University, Plymouth University, Marjons and Devon Secondary Teacher Training Group (based at our College House site). We play an active role in the recruitment of trainee teachers and our staff are regularly asked to take part in the selection process. This term we have welcomed eight students in English, Mathematics, Modern Foreign Languages, Drama and PE, who have worked alongside our staff to develop the skills and experiences necessary to become successful, independent teachers. Each student teacher is assigned a subject specialist mentor. He/she works in conjunction with the training provider to ensure that the trainee has a positive impact on our students and their progress, as well as learning about the complexities of developing high standards of teaching within their subject specialism. We have found that the benefits, for our staff and students, of working with trainees is very positive. New entrants to the teaching profession bring with them fresh ideas, new subject expertise and the opportunity to work with staff from local universities. We receive very positive feedback from the trainees about their experiences at Coombeshead. One of our students fed back at the end of their placement this term: "Coombeshead is such a fantastic school. I have been made to feel so welcome and have learnt so much from my subject mentor and other specialist staff. The students are just brilliant. I am really looking forward to putting into practice what I have learnt here in my second placement." If you know anyone who is interested in initial teacher training and would like more information about routes into teaching, then please get in touch so I can assist with selecting the most appropriate course for you. Suzannah Wharf Deputy Headteacher, Teaching AN AMAZING TIME On Monday 7th November nearly 60 girls from primary schools across the Schools Sports Partnership attended the Year 3 - 6 girls only football event on Coombeshead Academy’s all weather pitch. Young Leaders from Coombeshead helped take the girls through their paces in a range of skill drills for the first half of the two hour session. In the second half the girls were split into teams for friendly Year 3/4 and 5/6 tournaments, where they were coached and introduced to some simple tactics. Despite the cold all the girls had an amazing time. The parents and staff who stayed to watch saw them grow in confidence and develop their skills across the course of the evening. Thank you to all those who attended on the night and of course to the Young Leaders who gave up their time to help. 28 Aspire Magazine | January 2017
PRIMARY LIAISON BETTER THAN EVER The Primary Liaison programme at Coombeshead Academy has stepped up yet another level this year with more events, workshops, taster sessions and, above all, more primary children and schools involved than ever before. One term in and the programme has been action packed, heralding another busy year of opportunities for our primary children. Primary Liaison continues to play a key role in helping children to bridge the gap from primary to secondary school. The children have honed their mathematical skills, enhanced their creative writing abilities, learnt to apply themselves differently in a workshop or photography darkroom, become inquisitive about their historical past and excelled in the sporting, theatrical and musical arena. This only scratches the surface of the activities that hundreds of primary children have been involved in this year so far. Look out 2017 – there is much more to come! PRIMARY LIAISON CHALLENGING MATHS WORLD WAR 2 DETECTIVES The History Department welcomed pupils from our local primary schools last term to work as detectives. Their challenge was to use evidence to solve the mystery of an evacuee during World War Two. Using their investigative skills, the pupils worked in teams to find out about the life of an evacuee and complete an official report. They then had to imagine that they were an evacuee and think about which ten items they would pack for their journey. All were incredibly enthusiastic and hardworking - a pleasure to invite into school. The Maths staff have got to know many Year 5 and 6 Mathematicians this term, and between us all we have solved lots of puzzles! Our regular fortnightly Year 5 sessions here at Coombeshead have brought in pupils from Ipplepen, Bradley Barton, Decoy, St Joseph’s and Wolborough to be involved in some challenging Maths. Together we have explored how many grains of rice King Cyrus of Persia needed to pay the wise man to teach him how to play chess and how many colours Captain Cook needed to take with him to colour in the maps that he made, solving a few other puzzles along the way. Maths staff have also been out to other feeder primary schools as part of our outreach programme, again providing opportunities to engage with some great Year 5 pupils. They managed to solve the following problem; how many different ways are there to climb 14 steps if you can take one or two steps at a time? And finally... Year 6 pupils had fun here last term solving problems from the UKMT Junior Team Challenge as part of the ongoing primary liaison programme. Aspire Magazine | January 2017 29