Drop Down Day One Intent

At Kingsmead we value the personal development of all students. Please see details below of the curriculum enrichment events taking place for each year group during Drop Down Day One on Friday 22nd November.

Year Seven

Year Seven will take part in a carousel of onsite activities. We are fortunate to be welcoming the Self-EsteemTeam who will run small educational workshops on how to improve self-esteem, how to improve mental health, and overcome anxiety. Students will take part in workshops designed to build their resilience, working both independently & in teams, they will be problem solving & taking part in mental & physical challenges. We will end the day by reflecting on the progress made at Kingsmead in the first term, setting targets using the school’s core values of Nurture, Courage, Collaboration & Rigour. These targets can be accessed on the VLE & will be revisited by students during the spring term.

Year Eight

In preparation for choosing their GCSE preferences, Year Eight students will be attending careers talks from external speakers. All students will have the opportunity to attend an onsite careers fair with over 20 external companies & further education providers. They will then be accessing Unifrog, an online tool where they will have the opportunity to complete a personality profile that will support them in identifying careers, courses, universities and the qualifications & experience necessary to reach their ambitions. They will end the day with a peer mentoring session with Year Twelve students to guide them in making the right choices on their path to accessing a University degree or professional career.

Year Nine

Year Nine will be off site on educational trips that have been determined by the career pathways identified in their academic mentoring sessions. There are eight trips: The Design Museum - for students who have expressed an interest in Entrepreneurship, Art and Design, Engineering, Advertising, Marketing, Publishing & Media, Fashion and Beauty; The Imperial War Museum - for students who have expressed an interest in Public Sector and Governance, or the Armed Forces; The Bank of England Museum - for students who have expressed an interest in Accountancy, Consultancy, Banking and Finance, Administrative and Clerical; The Museum of London Docklands - for students who have expressed an interest in Energy and Utilities, Manufacturing and Industry; The Wellcome Collection - for students who have expressed an interest in Medicine and Healthcare; The Natural History Museum - for students who have expressed an interest in Law; The Science Museum - for students who have expressed an interest in Science & Research and The British Museum - for students who have expressed an interest in Police, Education & Teaching.

Year Ten

Our Year Thirteen students will be providing talks to small groups of year ten students about three important aspects of Year Ten: the value & importance of their early entry GCSE subjects; making the most of Work Experience and why it is important to revise over time. All students will have the opportunity to attend an onsite careers fair with over 20 external companies & further education providers. They will then be using Unifrog, an online tool where they will have the opportunity to find out more about making the most of Work Experience & will learn revision techniques. They will be given time during the day to revisit their own CV & to create revision materials for their Year Ten early entry GCSEs. At the end of the day students will be attending careers talks from external speakers including K Patel from the Department of Work & Pensions who will talk about the value of Work Experience.

Year Eleven

Half of the year group will be offsite attending Tolmers activity centre, providing them with an opportunity to be involved in physical activities that build students’ resilience and encourage them to work as a team. The remaining students will be on site in revision sessions for English, Maths & Science in preparation for the Christmas trial exams. Students were able to choose which of these activities they wanted to attend.

Year Twelve

In preparation for their UCAS applications, Year Twelve students will be using Unifrog, an online tool, which gives them the opportunity to research courses, universities and the qualifications & experience necessary to reach their ambitions. All students will have the opportunity to attend an onsite careers fair with over 20 external companies & further education providers. They will end the day by providing a peer mentoring session for Year Eight students, guiding them in making the right choices in their GCSE preferences on their path to accessing a University degree or professional career.

Year Thirteen

Year Thirteen students will be involved in a carousel of activities designed to provide them with the life skills necessary for attending university or providing for themselves as they undertake a professional career. They will complete workshops in first aid, food preparation & hygiene on a budget. Some students will be given time & support to complete their UCAS applications, whilst other students will be supporting Year Ten students, by giving talks on: the value & importance of their early entry GCSE subjects; making the most of Work Experience and why it is important to revise over time.

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