Problem-solving, clay sculptures and robots

 Science fun

Science fun

Problem solving, flame testing, clay sculpture making and robot fun has been taking place at Pool Academy this week.

 Flame testing

Flame testing

Children from the surrounding primary schools have visited again last week to get a taster of what life is like at the Academy, meet some teachers and have a go at lessons.

Artist Jonty Lees held a clay sculpture class in the school’s art gallery. He showed them a selection of his work and then allowed them to get involved with some hands-on art making themselves.

The children all had a go and some of the figures created had been inspired by Harry Potter.

Jonty said: “It was great fun.

“The young ones were cool and it was a sunny afternoon so we got to do it outside.”

 Sculpture making

Sculpture making

Elsewhere in the school there were children scratching their heads in a problem-solving class.

Dene Williams, Maths teacher at Pool Academy, said: “Maths for me is how to solve problems, how to make things better.

“The pupils had a fantastic time and solved problems at a level that would challenge high performing Year 8 pupils.”

The IT room hosted a session of robot fun where pupils were able to control small ball-shaped robots with ipads. There were robot races and they took them for a walk around the school.

 Problem solving

Problem solving

Jack Jones, Science teacher at Pool Academy, showed pupils some of the tricks they do in Harry Potter. They then got to try some flame testing for themselves.

Next week there will be musical sessions, more baking and science experiments.

 robot races

robot races