Students break from timetable for extra learning

Students were given a break from their regular timetable to make way for extra learning and fitness classes.

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Pool Academy staff held the first PSHE day of the academic year on Friday. It saw students being given a range of tasks to complete which are not usually found on the timetable. There was also a trip organised for Year 8 to visit Cornwall College to help them start thinking about GCSEs and their futures.

In the morning those staying at Pool Academy were set a £20 challenge where they had to dream up ideas to try and double or quadruple their money. The resourceful children created a lot of fun and different ideas.

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Kieran, Year 7, had the idea to buy tennis balls and invite people to pay £1 to try and throw them into a net to win a prize - but they would have to do it whilst bouncing on a trampoline.

Another student said her group’s plan was called ‘Seven Ball Ping Pong’.

She said: “There will be cups worth different points and you have to throw the ping pong balls into them.”

Meanwhile another class was taking part in a fitness test which included throwing, jumping and sit ups.

Other fitness sessions included an inter-tutor rounder’s match and learning about the principles of training.

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During the afternoon there were team building sessions where students were set a number of team building tasks. One problem solving activity asked for groups to choose from a list of items what they would need if they were stuck on a desert island.

Alastair Durant, Head of Year 8, organised the day.

He said: “We at Pool Academy believe PSHE days are an important part of the school term. It is refreshing to be able to take a day’s break from our regular timetable.

“It was also great to work with Cornwall College to give all students in Year 8 a fantastic day to research different careers on offer to them.”