The Academy has extensive links with primary schools in the local area and we work closely with our primary colleagues to provide opportunities for primary students to work with Academy staff and our own students across a range of subject areas.
Academy staff introduce French to primary students in a fun and informative way with games such as pass the parcel and 'Simon Says' whilst answering lots of French questions. On a recent visit - our students were really impressed by the amount of French that the Keston pupils already knew!
Mrs Booth, Head of Textiles, runs a 6 week carousel programme with local primary students where they learn how to make items such as hand puppets, wall hangings and decorate cushions.
Our annual Sports Fest has grown extensively since it started. Over 400 Year 5 primary students from 10 schools take part in a thrilling, fun-packed, competitive festival of sport. Coaches from a wide variety of sporting clubs run taster events including lacrosse, American Football, Baseball, rugby and tennis, and our own student sport leaders act as mentors and coaches supporting and encouraging the teams. A tug-of-war finale determines the winning team.
I have never had such a great day and can't wait for next year.
Year 5 student
Every summer term Year 5 students from local primary schools are invited to the Academy for a Technology Day. Students participate in a range of activities: ICT, Food Technology (bread making) and CAD/CAM (badge design). Approximately 150 primary school children take part over a series of days.
A fun day organised for Years 4 & 5 in our partner primary schools. The day is divided into two parts. Science experiments such as making and launching rockets and making sparklers gives the students a flavour of just how exciting Science can be.
Performance & Dance
In dance students are taught a routine by our Student Dance Leaders and come together for a whole school performance. In 2009 primary students from Coulsdon CofE, Byron and Purley Oaks learnt the Michael Jackson 'Thriller' Dance and helped the Academy break a World Record for the largest number of performers dancing the routine!