WPT and Dragons Teaching Join Forces to Deliver Primary MFL Curriculum

WPT and Dragons Teaching Join Forces to Deliver Primary MFL Curriculum

From this week, we have teamed up with Dragons Teaching – an e-learning platform that combines real-time online teaching with fun and interactive games – to deliver the MFL curriculum to KS2 students at all eight Wickersley Partnership Trust primary schools. 

With all of our primary schools on board to get stuck into learning French, this makes it the largest curriculum programme that Dragons Teaching has ever done. 

Dragon’s Teaching’s mission is to make learning a new language a fun, affordable and widely accessible experience. This flexible, inclusive, reliable and engaging model – which is built from its experience in high-quality teaching for over 15 years – means our schools (and other schools worldwide) can reap the rewards of learning a language.

“No matter the language or requirement, we can provide excellent teaching and a positive academy experience to foster a love of learning. That’s the Dragons Approach.”

Brinsworth Whitehill Primary School and Aston Hall Junior & Infant School were amongst the first in the Trust to start the programme. 

Adam at Dragons Teaching commented: “We are delighted to be partnering with WPT to run our innovative FrenchConnect programme across all of the Trust’s primary schools. At Dragons Teaching we are committed to making language learning inspiring and fun through a combination of great teaching and interactive material, and we are thrilled to have the opportunity to teach nearly 1000 children a week across the Trust.”

A big well done to our students who have adapted and settled into this new approach to learning – they’re doing some fantastic work so far and we can’t wait to see their language skills progress throughout this academic year.

Rotherham School Games - U8s Into Hockey Festival

Rotherham School Games - U8s Into Hockey Festival

On Friday 10th December, Rotherham Hockey Club hosted the School Games U8 Into Hockey Festival. This event was designed as an introduction to the sport, with the children participating learning the basic fundamentals and how to be safe with a hockey stick.
The event was run by the Y9 and Y10 Sports Leaders from Wickersley School & Sports College and Rawmarsh Community School who – over their last few sports leader sessions – have been learning how to deliver fun, safe and inclusive hockey sessions.
Over 80 children from six schools took part in the event, which was really well received by school staff who were extremely complimentary of the Sports Leaders running the different stations. 
Mr Walker, School Games Organiser for Rotherham, said: “This was the first event our Sports Leaders have run independently and it was great to see them delivering to the Y3 children. All participants had a smile on their face throughout and we certainly have some PE teachers in the making on our leadership programme – well done to all involved”.
This event concludes our hockey programme after successful U11 Boys and U11 Girls pathway competitions.
For more information on Rotherham Hockey Club and the extra-curricular sessions they offer, click the button below.
Foljambe Student, Kourtney, Shaves Hair Off To Raise Money For Her Best Friend

Foljambe Student, Kourtney, Shaves Hair Off To Raise Money For Her Best Friend

Foljambe student, Kourtney, has recently shaved all of her hair off to raise money for her best friend – who is undergoing cancer treatment – to cover the hard times that the family have gone through recently, and to show her friend that she is not alone in fighting this battle.

She has raised over £1500!

Kourtney said: “I feel proud and so does by best friend.”

Well done, Kourtney – a truly amazing thing to do!

Rotherham School Games - U11 Boys Hockey Festival

Rotherham School Games - U11 Boys Hockey Festival

Yesterday, 120 children from 12 schools attended the Rotherham School Games U11 Hockey Tournament held at Rotherham Hockey Club.

Schools battled it out in two groups of six for a place in the semi final place in the afternoon. After a great morning of fixtures, Listerdale won group A and were joined in the semi finals by Thorogate. In group B, Aston Fence came out on top with Woodsetts finishing second, narrowly beating St Gerard’s on goal difference.

The semi finals were both extremely close matches with Listerdale beating Woodsetts and Aston Fence beating Thorogate to make it to the final.

In a repeat of last weeks final, scores were tied at 1-1 after golden goal extra time. This meant for the second week running the event would be decided with a penalty shuffle. After a tense match, Listerdale were eventually crowned Rotherham champions with Aston Fence as runners up. Both teams did their schools proud and will represent Rotherham at the South Yorkshire finals next year.

Mr Sutherill, School Games Organiser, said: “It was great to see so many children attending another School Games event. Every child who attended left with a smile on their face and was a credit to their individual school.

WPT Secondary Schools Take Part In Hope for the Future Eco Summit Day

WPT Secondary Schools Take Part In Hope for the Future Eco Summit Day

On Tuesday 16th November, the five Eco-Council teams from across Wickersley Partnership Trust’s five secondary schools came together for a day of collaborative learning and campaigning run by local charity, Hope for the Future.

Hope For The Future is a climate charity which works to equip communities, groups and individuals across the country to communicate the urgency of climate change with their local politicians.

So far HFTF have taught the Eco-Council students how to campaign for change and what campaigning looks like, as well as introducing them to their local politician through a Q&A session.

The young activists all met and took part in a very interactive and collaborative day of campaigning through craft and writing activities, and they learned how these campaigns are met and addressed in Parliament.

It was an extremely productive and proactive day of campaigning and it was also fantastic to see so many aspiring students from across the five schools connect so well.

Rosie Wright, Schools & Youth Outreach Support Officer, said: “Our team at Hope for the Future were delighted to work with such passionate and engaged students from the Eco-Councils across the Wickersley Partnership Trust for our Parliament Week event on Tuesday 16th November. The focus of the event was on Climate Change and Parliament, and learning about how students can engage with Parliament and their MPs to inspire meaningful action to address Climate Change. Throughout the day students crafted climate-themed decorations for their MPs, wrote postcards to their MPs including their own poems about climate change, and also took part in a workshop on how to create petitions to Parliament lead by Professor Cristina Leston-Bandeira of Leeds University.

“All of us at Hope for the Future were thrilled to be met with such enthusiasm for issues of Climate Change from all students, and are looking forward to sending all of their excellent poems on to their MPs. We’re sure the MPs will find them just as moving and thought-provoking as we did!” 

Ashwood Students Meet Their Intergenerational Pen Pals

Ashwood Students Meet Their Intergenerational Pen Pals

Last week, Ashwood students met their intergenerational pen pals for the first time at Broadacres Care Home.

Since March 2020 – throughout the pandemic – the students have been exchanging letters with some of the residents from the care home and they finally got to meet their lovely pen pals face-to-face!

During the visit, Class 2 sang sea shanties and dropped off more letters and sweet treats for the residents to enjoy.

Shirley Ward, resident at Broadacres Care Home, said: “How wonderful. Thank you so much – you have brightened our day.”

Lindsey Grady, Home Manager at Broadacres Care Home, said: “It was wonderful and so kind of the children and their teachers to visit.

“One of our residents, June Hague, was moved to tears by the children’s visit and thought the letters were beautiful.

“All the residents were so pleased to see them and can’t wait to tuck into all the lovely treats they have donated.”

They’re hoping that the students can visit their pen pals again during the festive period to sing some Christmas carols!

WPT Primary Schools Start Art Photography Lessons

WPT Primary Schools Start Art Photography Lessons

Over the course of this academic year, Year 5/6 students from across Wickersley Partnership Trust’s primary schools will be having Art Photography lessons from Trust teacher, Heather Irwin.

This is part of their enriched curriculum entitlement.

Monkwood Primary School is the first school to start the lessons and they are doing brilliantly so far!

Lesley Bonnington at Monkwood Primary School said: “Huge thanks to Heather for the hours she has put in with this! 

It is such an enhancement to the curriculum – and brilliant CPD for staff too. 
We are super proud of our photographers here at Monkwood.”
We’ll keep you updated throughout the year as our primary schools start to learn all things Art Photography and get busy with the camera.
For now, take a look at some of the fantastic work the Monkwood students have produced.
WPT Staff Awards 2021

WPT Staff Awards 2021

The WPT Staff Awards 2021 event was a huge success. Not only did we recognise and celebrate the work that the whole Trust community has put in over the 20/21 academic year, but we all had a brilliant night and have received some lovely feedback from everyone involved. 

A big thank you to everyone who made it so special –  employees, directors, governors, partners, performers and all of the team at Magna.

Same time(ish) next year?

Watch the video to see what we got up to on the night. 👇