This year, we have been working closely with Allerton Grange High School; this partnership has resulted in a number of fantastic, new opportunities and been highly successful. It also gives our pupils the chance to see what our closest high school has to offer them.
Since September, Miss Pringle (from the language department) has run a free after school Spanish Club. For the first half of the year, this was available to Year 5 and 6 pupils and for the second half of the year it has been made available for Year 3 and 4 pupils. This gives our budding linguists another opportunity to experience a foreign language beyond the French that we deliver across school. Muy bien!
In the autumn term, Year 5 were invited to watch William Shakespeare’s Taming of the Shrew at AGHS performed by the high school pupils (I was pleased to hear that the actors included a good number of Talbot alumnae!). The performance was enhanced by workshops led by the English department, so the children could better understand this brilliant but complex story.
Throughout the year, Miss Radcliffe (from the PE department at AGHS) has taught our Year 6 pupils PE every Tuesday. Sometimes she does this herself and at other times she brings a number of her Sports Leaders to teach the children in groups; this feeds into the studies the AGHS children are undertaking. Currently, Year 6 are learning dodgeball (featured in the photographs). This includes being coached specific skills, learning tactical awareness and of course playing the game to put it all into practice. As a result, it is played at an explosive pace!
Talbot Primary School would like to thank Mr Roper (Headteacher AGHS) and all his staff who have given up their time to make these initiatives work, especially Mrs Childs who has coordinated the events and ensured they ran smoothly. In the future, we hope to strengthen these links even further with possible Gifted and Talented sessions, reading coaches, inter-school events for local primary schools and accessing the high school’s facilities, e.g., their ICT resources, home economics department and/or sporting facilities; this will give us opportunities we do not have in primary school.
By Jude Rivers (DHT)