After school fun for pupils

Pupils from primary schools in the area visited Pool Academy for baking and chemistry classes.

The children were invited to come and have a taster of what life is like at Pool Academy, meet some teachers and have a go at lessons.

 Science fun

Science fun

The first of the series of transition events began in the science department where there were investigations into acids, alkalines and chemicals.

Another session saw pupils invited to a ‘Take off Bake off’ class with cookie making. They were first given a demonstration before being allowed to have a go themselves. The children also got to choose which extra ingredients to add to their treats. There was a choice beteween cherries, chocolate chips or marshmallows.

Normally students studying at Pool Academy learn about healthy eating but visiting pupils were given an opportunity to make sweet treats instead.

 Cookie demonstration underway

Cookie demonstration underway

Sam Strana, DT Teacher at Pool Academy, said: “The Year 6 ‘Take Off Bake Off’ workshop was a huge success.  It was lovely to see so many faces returning from primary Saturday sessions and I look forward to seeing them all in Year 7.

“All students worked really well, adapting the recipe in some quite creative ways.  Some people found out that marshmallows can explode in the oven. 

 Tasty cookies created at Take Off Bake Off

Tasty cookies created at Take Off Bake Off

 

“It was a very enjoyable visit.”  

Jack Jones, Science teacher at Pool Academy, said: “The students investigated acids and alkalines using microscale chemistry. They thoroughly enjoyed concocting their own indicator solutions before putting them to the test on a range of chemicals.”

There are more transition events planned in the future including problem solving, robots and music.