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New Waltham Pupils Sample Life At Tollbar Academy

Year 5 pupils from New Waltham Academy enjoy a taster day at Tollbar Academy. Excited to receive their new school bags in the future are Georgia Crowley, 10, and Saad Javaid, 10.


With just a year to go before they make the step up to secondary school, Year 5 pupils at New Waltham Academy enjoyed a Taster Day at Tollbar Academy.

The day was jam-packed with activities, as the pupils sampled a range of subjects and met with teachers.

Waltham Academy is a priority feeder school for Tollbar Academy and pupils toured the extensive school site, took part in lunchtime activities and tackled tasks set by curriculum leaders.

In English, the children explored what is meant by ‘Utopian fiction’ and  crafted their own Utopian worlds through creative writing.

In Maths, they took part in a probability horse race, and tackled a series of Maths tricks to help with their learning and to take home to show their families. In Geography, the pupils explored noise pollution, and in Art they collectively created a peacock by each creating a feather with a mixture of materials.

In ICT, they took a look at programming and were tasked with completing levels in Minecraft using multiple block codes. In Music, the children learned songs to prepare for a performance in the afternoon, and, in Spanish, they learned Encanto. In French, activities included learning basic greetings through games and competitions.

The pupils also took part in a History lesson, looking at the local history of the Grimsby Chums and their role in the battle of The Somme; they played handball and rounders and took part in team-building exercises in PE; and they redesigned house logos in Technology, printing them on rich tea biscuits. In Science, they explored chemical reactions by creating fireworks.

One of the pupils said: “My favourite subject was Science because we were exploring chemical reactions with fire and the different colours that certain metals make when ignited.” 

Another said: “My favourite subject was Art because I loved the style. The flapjack was amazing, I loved PE too.”

Rosie Hermiston, from Tollbar Academy, said the children tackled the day with excitement and vigour. “They were thrilled to see what goes on at Tollbar Academy and what they can expect when they begin their schooling here in September 2023,” she explained.

“It is very important for us to give the children a taste of what they can expect from secondary school. It not only helps to alleviate any worries they may have about the step up to a bigger school, but also gives them a chance to familiarise themselves with the site and meet some of the teachers they will be working with in the future.

“It was a fabulous day and the pupils feedback showed how much they really appreciated it. It was a pleasure to host them.”


Year 5 pupils from New Waltham Academy enjoy a taster day at Tollbar Academy. Eating a healthy lunch, from left, Maisie Roberts, 10, and Scarlett Bromley, 10, right.

Enjoying Art are twins Heidi Morgan, 10, and Ella Morgan, 10. 

Year 5 pupils from New Waltham Academy enjoy a taster day at Tollbar Academy. Measuring noise levels in Geography are James Wakefield, 10, and Maisy Bowers, 10.

Year 5 pupils from New Waltham Academy enjoy a taster day at Tollbar Academy.

Maths Teacher Andie Logue with Ella Mazingham, 10, and Evie Nicholson, 10, from New Waltham Academy, who are enjoying a taster day at Tollbar Academy.

 Year 5 pupils from New Waltham Academy enjoy a taster day at Tollbar Academy.

Enjoying Art are Jude Pearson, 9, and James Richardson, 10. 

Above and below: Year 5 pupils from New Waltham Academy enjoy a Maths lesson during a taster day at Tollbar Academy.





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