Forensic Science Day October 2015
On Tuesday 13th - Thursday 15th October
2015, Year 5 pupils from Rise Park, Robin Hood, Henry Whipple,
Westglade and Stansted Primary schools visited Top Valley Academy
for an action packed forensic science day.
The event allowed pupils to use the techniques used by the
police in obtaining evidence to solve crimes. They did
chromatography on a handkerchief found at the crime scene.
They also tested the pH (how acidic or alkaline something is) of
the soil found on the suspect's sock. The results of the
scientific analysis were crucial in providing evidence which
resulted in the suspect being found guilty of the murder. To stop
contamination of the crime scene, pupils had to wear full CSI
protective clothing throughout, quite an experience!
Year 3 Indoor Athletcis Competition - October
Today pupils from
local primary schools all came to Top Valley Academy for the
annual Year 3 Indoor Athletics competition.
They took part in
a number of events such as: hurdles, the
obstacle race, sprints races and relay
races as well as field events such as the standing
long jump, speed bounce and
Thank you to all
those who took part. We look forward to welcoming teams
again next year.
Ballad of Charlotte Dymond - Year Five Forensic Science
Year 5 pupils from local primary schools have been visiting the
Academy this week to solve the murder mystery of Charlotte Dymond.
They have worked super hard to investigate the crime with both
their teachers and Top valley staff to prepare the facts and
evidence for a courtroom scenario. This determined whether or not
the suspect, Matthew Weeks, was guilty!
Miss Walden, the TVA Teacher who organises primary events
'What a brilliant week! It is great to have Year 5 up at the
Academy again working in the English, Maths and Science
Departments. I love seeing the Year 5s don the costumes and take
their roles seriously.'
In Science pupils carried out two experiments: simple
chromatography and pH testing. This established whether Matthew
Weeks can be linked with the evidence that the police have to place
him at the scene of the crime.
'I know how they take finger prints now!'
Karla - Robin Hood
'I liked mixing up the chemicals, it was
interesting.' Cameron - Rise Park
'I feel like a scientist with my white coat and goggles
on.' Abigail - Rise Park
In English, pupils gathered the information from the poem and
produced news reports with key witness statements and information
'It's been awesome being a reporter.' Emre - Rise
'It's exciting and worrying at the same time because we
don't know who has been killed!' Katie - Robin Hood
In the Maths department, pupils worked with 'Chief Inspector
Steel' in 3 teams of police officers to investigate information
a) The victim - code
b) The suspect - four operations
c) The crime scene - using
coordinates in four quadrants
Each group found information for the three categories, then
reported back as investigating police officers to the
'I loved being a detective; it has been great fun!'
Trae - Rise Park
'Interesting! The murder scene is so realistic!"
Dylan - Robin Hood
We look forward to welcoming year 5 again for the Culture week
in January. Thank you to all the primary staff, pupils and TVA
teachers who helped the week so run smoothly.
Primary World Cup 2014
9th June 2014
The sun was shining for this year's TVA Primary World Cup, where
teams of Year 5 pupils from Rise Park, Westglade, Stanstead and
Robin Hood battled it out for the 2014 title and World Cup
The teams were split into USA, Ghana, France, Spain, Australia,
Brazil and Portugal and a lucky dip was drawn by Mr Smith and Miss
Walden to determine who would be in Group A and Group B.
Escorted by chosen TVA Sports Leaders, they made their way to
the sports field where the matches began at 9.50am.
There was lots of support from the side-lines from teachers and
staff and many had made their own flags to cheer on their
Both teams from Westglade and Rise Park sailed into the
semi-final, where the teams from Westglade (France and Spain) were
pipped to the post by the Rise Park's USA and Ghana.
In a Rise Park USA vs Ghana final, it was a nail biting finish
when the game was taken to penalties after both teams failed to
score before full-time.
After both goal-keepers prevented several goals from sneaking
past them, it was a right-hand corner shot by David which saw USA
and Rise Park crowned the winners of Top Valley Academy's Primary
World Cup 2014.
In the closing ceremony certificates and medals were awarded to
the Rise Park Runner's Up, Ghana, and the winning team, USA. There
was also awards chosen by the TVA Sports Leaders who presented a
bag and water bottle to pupils they believed had shown great
teamwork and lots of effort throughout their games.
Grace, 9, said: "I had so much fun, and I even scored a
goal! All the teams were great and I can't wait to come to Top
Valley and do more things like this!"
Thank you to all pupils from each primary school who took part
in this year's event and congratulations to Rise Park who were
awarded their very own Top Valley Academy World Cup Winners
More photos of the event ca be found in our gallery here.
Transition at TVA
Over the Autumn and winter terms, members of staff from Top
Valley Academy have been visiting several local primary schools to
give pupils a taster session into some of the subjects the Academy
has to offer.
There have also been return visits from several primary schools
to the Academy to be part of both the lessons and Academy
Mr Scott visited Bulwell St Mary's where he worked with 30 Year
3 pupils. The pupils were taught techniques to improve writing from
first-person perspective through a variety of learning strategies
including drama, models, shared writing and writing frames.
The group read the short novel 'The Runner' and moulded their
writing upon the theme of 'young runaways'.
Mr Hallgarth taught an engineering lesson to 30 Stanstead pupils
who designed and produced their own wooden owl money box over four
The Year 5 pupils painted and decorated each shape carefully and
were helped by Mr Hallgarth to piece together and secure their
Each pupil also designed their own Perspex name badge which was
screwed onto the money boxes before the pupils took them home after
their last session.
Eloise, 10 said:"I've loved making my own money box and
being able to take it home to show my mum and dad what I have done
at Top Valley Academy."
Rufford Primary TVA Taster Day.
On Friday 24th January, Top Valley Academy warmly
welcomed 26 Year 5 pupils from Rufford Primary School for a TVA
taster day jam-packed full of lessons, school dinners and
The day began at 9.30am, when pupils were introduced to Miss
Walden and given their timetables for the day.
Their first Top Valley Academy experience came in the form of a
PE lesson with Mr Mohammed. Pupils took part in several games which
tested their co-ordination, speed and teamwork skills. They also
took part in activities using non-verbal communication and relied
solely upon hand gestures and signals to complete the task.
Second period was Drama, taught by Miss Iles, where pupils
discussed their idea of best and worst school experiences.
They also acted out a range of different emotions through still
images and freeze-frames including excitement, fear and anger.
After a small break, they were gathered once again in Commando
Joes to learn 'Romeo and Juliet' in English with Miss Glover.
The whole group split into small groups of three, who each acted
out a small section of the play which was then pieced together in a
Olivia, 10, said: "We thought Shakespeare was boring, but
now we see it's not! Miss Glover made it so much fun."
The penultimate period saw the pupils head up to the Science
block where they tested metal samples in flames with Mr Ndumu.
Mr Ndumu showed the Year 5's how different metals can produce
lots of different colours, the technique which is often used when
making fireworks. They also learnt how to recognise hazard
symbols and how to keep safe when taking part in experiments.
JJ, 10 said "We've never done Science before, it's so cool!
I can't wait to do Science when I go to secondary school."
The final activity came courtesy of Commando Joes' who taught
the pupils and their teachers an effective way to remember the
alphabet backwards. This task tested not only their memory but was
also a great exercise to get the pupils thinking.
Rufford Primary teacher, Miss Walker, said: "Commando
Joe really tested mine and Mrs Froggatt's memories, we've all had a
lovely day and the children have really enjoyed
As well as taking part in TVA lessons, Rufford pupils and their
teachers were taken to sample a school dinner, and meet several
members of staff, including Principal, Mr Brown, who said:
"We hope Rufford have had a lovely time at our school today
and we look forward to seeing them again in the future."
Top Valley Pirate Academy 16th January
Although we may be experiencing some cold winter weather, today
at Top Valley Academy, pupils from Henry Whipple and Westglade
Primary were transported to the sunny Caribbean.
Year 5 and 6 pupils came together to attend a day at 'Top Valley
Pirate Academy' as part of our Caribbean culture experience. Pupils
were divided into three groups: pirate chefs, pirate actors, and
pirate artists - each learning about life as a pirate in the
The pirate artists worked together to create a decorated pirate
ship, parrot and pirate. Miss Voce taught the children lots of
different art techniques and in pairs they decorated the final
designs using pastels, wax crayons and paints. The theme was based
upon some of the styles used in Caribbean carnivals and featured
many different vibrant colours and patterns.
Morgan, 10, said: "I liked learning lots different ways to
make our parrot, pirate and ship look pretty, some of the shapes we
already knew how to draw, but we also learned lots of new things I
want to try at home."
The pirate chefs learnt the names of several different fruits in
Spanish and were given the chance to create their very own 'pirate
brew' using some of the ingredients they had learnt.
Pirate chef Tovimba, 10, said: "We've learnt Spanish with
Senior Straw before but nothing like this, it was wicked!"
The pirate actors had to use puzzles and built jigsaws to
uncover some vital information about pirate life. They also learnt
about the many different weapons and torture methods pirates may
have used to protect their treasure. With the gruesome information
they had investigated, the group split into pairs to act out
interviews. The groups took it in turn to get into pirate character
and tell their partner all about their favourite pirate weapons and
their favourite pirate food.
At the end of their sessions, all members of Top Valley Pirate
Academy returned back to the Dance Theatre to present what they had
learnt to the rest of the pirates.
Congratulations to Tovimba, Katie and Jenna who were awarded Top
TVA Pirate Chef, Artist and Actor for their hard work throughout
We hope all our new pirate recruits enjoyed their time at our
Pirate Academy and as a souvenir of their journey, each pupil
received a certificate and chocolate coin to take
Have fun with Science!
At Top Valley Academy we offer a wide range of extra-curricular
activities for TVA pupils and our local primary schools to take
On Wednesday was a particularly special afterschool
session for our 'Science Club' where pupils created a Santa
sleigh race and learnt how to make their very own fake snow.
The Science Club, which is run by Mr Cross and Miss Dungay,
gives pupils the chance to try out many different aspects of
Science and take part in unique experiments outside of the
As well as our own year 7, 8 and 9 pupils, the afterschool club
is also open to pupils from our local primary schools. The sessions
alternate each week on Wednesdays after school, with one week for
Years 5 and 6 and the following for Years 7, 8 and 9.
As well as taking part in the exciting experiments, those who
attend from our local primary schools also get to sample Academy
life and meet lots of new friends.
Previous sessions have seen pupils learning how to make
fireworks and creating the best paper aeroplanes. The lessons,
which are all practical, ensure pupils can try out experiments
outside the curriculum whilst getting to grip with all the
equipment. This also ensures that the Primary school pupils who
attend have a good understanding of all the equipment when they
start their secondary school journey.
"Each week we're doing something different and it's always
interactive. They get a clear introduction to the equipment, make
good friends and have lots of fun with Science;" said
Top Valley Christmas Crackers Event
10th December 2013
As part of Top Valley Academy's Christmas festivities, we
invited some very special guests to help decorate our school
The Academy welcomed 180 Year 4 pupils from Rise Park, Robin
Hood, Westglade, Henry Whipple and Standstead Primary Schools.
On arrival, the children were split into two groups 'Comet' and
'Blitzen' and used glitter, pipe-cleaners, glue and various other
arts and crafts to create their very own personalised
Each child designed and made two decorations, the first was a
Christmas tile to place on our TVA Christmas tree in the courtyard
and the second was their own 3D Christmas tree to take home.
The groups were led by Art teachers Miss Voce and Miss Wright,
who began by teaching the children lots of different decorative
techniques to try out on their designs.
Katie, 8, from Henry Whipple, said she loved being able to make
her own decorations:
"I like that we got to draw whatever we wanted and there
were lots of different glitters and things to use."
As well as making decorations, the children also brought with
them a tin of food to place underneath the tree. All the tins we
received will help to contribute towards large hampers of food we
are delivering to local food banks this Christmas.
Drew, 9, from Rise Park said he really enjoyed his morning:
"It was really fun coming to another school and making
decorations. Everywhere feels really Christmassy and we were all
We hope all that visited Top Valley Academy today had
lots of fun and we are sure the decoration they made to take
home with them will be taking pride of place on all their Christmas
At Top Valley Academy we believe it is important make the
transition from primary to secondary as smooth as possible. As part
of this process, several of our staff members have been visiting
local primary schools to give the younger children an introduction
to lessons we offer at The Academy.
This week Mr Hallgarth visited Henry Whipple Primary school to
teach their year 4 class an engineering lesson. The children made
and designed their own paper rockets, which were then taken outside
and flown in
The children used colourful pieces of paper and felt-tips to
design their rockets, whilst paying careful attention to the size
of wings, tightly sealed edges, and points to create what they
believed would be the furthest flying rocket. Mr Hallgarth
taught the children that in order for the rocket to fly the
furthest they must ensure the end is tightly sealed to prevent any
Brodie, 8, said she really enjoyed making her rocket: "It
was awesome, we got to design it however we wanted and then we got
to test them to see which was the best. I liked that Mr Hallgarth
helped us make our rockets fly really far and it was a really fun
A big congratulations to Precious whose streamlined and tightly
sealed rocket managed to fly the furthest distance. We hope all the
children who took part in the lesson enjoyed themselves and we look
forward to seeing what exciting things they will be making
with Mr Hallgarth next week.
Mr Hallgarth has received thank you letters for the pupils at
Henry Whipple, here are a few of them:
FORENSIC SCIENCE DAY
Year 5 police officers, scientists and detectives were invited
in from Rise Park Academy to help solve a cold-blooded murder at
Top Valley Academy.
The Academy was transformed into an evidence-filled crime scene
in which each Year 5 had to help to gather evidence and present it
to the court room.
The 55 Rise Park pupils that attended, were split into three
groups on arrival, given exciting costumes and taken to
analyse evidence based upon the poem "The Ballad of Charlotte
Dymond" by Charles Causley.
Their aim was to each discover vital clues which could prove or
disprove the suspect 'Matthew Weeks' as guilty of murder. The
police officers, led by Chief Inspector Steel, used co-ordinates to
track the placing of the suspect and solved sums to work-out key
facts from the night of the murder.
Amelia, 10, said how much she'd enjoyed herself in her role:
"It was so much better than actual maths! I'm glad I chose
to be part of the police, I've had so much fun."
Evidence was also studied in the science lab with Dr Bate, in
which the Year 5 scientists analysed soil samples and dye from the
handkerchief found on the victim. The group experimented with many
different techniques, including ink indicators in test-tubes, to
see whether the suspect had been lying about his whereabouts on the
night of the murder.
Cameron, 10, said he was really excited to see what it's like to
be a real scientist:
"I want to be a scientist when I'm older and we got to see
what it would be like today!"
Year 5 Teacher, Miss Gethings, also agreed that the opportunity
to take part in activities like the science experiments was
something new and exciting for her pupils:
"They've never done anything science based like they have
today so they've done really well and have really enjoyed
As well as analysing evidence in Maths and Science, in English
with Miss Iles, there were dramatic role-play interviews. Once they
had carefully worked out facts from the poem, the groups were split
up into detectives and suspects and set about interrogating the
The groups met back in the courtroom where evidence from
each subject was delivered.
The Police in Maths showed the courtroom the whereabouts of the
victim, and delivered key facts and dates of when and how the
The Scientists showed that the subject had been dishonest of his
whereabouts when the soil sample found matched that of the place
the victim's body was discovered.
The Detectives in English performed their interviews to the rest
of the courtroom with some pupils playing the role of tough
detectives and others taking the role of the suspect.
Based upon the evidence discovered by each group, it was a
unanimous decision from the courtroom that Matthew Weeks should be
found guilty of the murder of Charlotte Dymond.
A huge thank you to Rise Park's Year 5 pupils for helping us
solve the crime at Top Valley Academy today.
Y3 Indoor Sports
Top Valley Academy welcomed over 80 Year 3 pupils for an
exciting indoor athletics event held in the Sports Hall this
The pupils from Rise Park, Henry Whipple, Westglade and Robin
Hood arrived at 10am and were split into several teams to take part
in track and field events.
The events included obstacle relay races, as well as long and
triple jumps, javelin and other fun athletics activities.
Taryn, from Rise Park, said her favourite part of the day was
getting the chance to
take part in the sprinting race: "I like sprinting, it's my
favourite. I liked doing the racing because I got to sprint a
The atmosphere in the sports hall was electric as each school
cheered on their fellow team-mates and many encouraged those racing
with a chorus of supportive chants.
Miss Farrelly, of Robin Hood said: "Days like today give us
the chance to see the athletes in them, which is something we
wouldn't usually get to see at this time of year. My throat is
going to be hoarse from all the cheering!"
As the event drew to a close at 12pm, Mr Smith announced the
overall results and winning school. Westglade Primary appeared
shocked and ecstatic when they picked up the top spot, and were
followed by Rise Park and Robin Hood in joint second place.
Health Day at TVA!
The sunshine provided the perfect backdrop as we celebrated all
things healthy with the Year 4 pupils from our family feeder
primary schools. The event, which looked to teach the pupils about
healthy eating, the importance of exercise and how to keep a
healthy mind, involved a number of activities that were run by
members of the PE department throughout
Commando Joes took charge of the field and ran a high tempo
exercise session and assault course that included a gigantic bouncy
castle to get the heart pumping a little faster. Away from the sun,
a smoothie making session was taking place in the food department
to stress the importance that fruit can play as part of a healthy
Mental agility was put to the test in the Drama Studio as
pupils took part in the cup challenge, whilst physical agility and
balance was on display in the Dance Theatre as pupils demonstrated
different attributes including speed, agility, balance and
Ethan, a Year 4 pupil from Stanstead, said: "The whole day
was amazing. It taught me a lot, but the activities were also
really fun. The weather was great too"
The whole day was a great success and all of the pupils left
knowing more about what is needed to maintain a healthy lifestyle
and how important it is to stay as healthy as possible.
Sarah, a year 4 pupil from Robin Hood was quick to suggest ways
that she could make healthier changes in her life, saying: "I
am going to try and eat more fruit and exercise a little bit more.
Normally I like staying inside and reading, but with the good
weather I will go out and play games a bit more now"
Moving on up!
Year 6 pupils who will be moving up to Top Valley Academy
next year attended two fantastic action packed transition days at
Top Valley Academy this week, designed to integrate them into their
new school. The pupils were given the chance to take in all
the Academy had to offer, as they took part in two diverse
timetables to really get to grips with the subjects we have on
offer and the extracurricular activities and clubs available to
After being sorted into their tutor groups for next year, the
Year 6's attended a variety of different lessons and activities
including Maths, English, and PE. This was mixed in with team
building and culture sessions as well as a question and answer
session with the Peer Counsellors.
Throughout the two days, the pupils made new friends, talked to
Top Valley Academy staff about their new school and got to
experience lunch in the TVA canteen!
Jordan, a Year 6 pupil from Seely Primary School, said: "I
was nervous before I came into school, because I didn't know if it
would be easy to make new friends. But I met some really nice
people and I feel happy."
We have pupils from over 20 different schools in the Nottingham
City area coming to Top Valley Academy next year. We are proud of
our status within the larger community as an excellent place for
children to learn.
Luke, from Stanstead Primary School, said: "I have been up
to Top Valley Academy a number of times, but now it feels more
real. It was the first time I got to take part in lessons, and
I know I'll have to work hard to take it all in".
Primary World Cup
Pupils from all of our family feeder primary schools came
into Top Valley Academy on the warmest day of the year so far to
take part in the annual Primary World Cup.
The weather was absolutely glorious and there wasn't a cloud in
sight, so the pupils involved could not wait to get outsideinto the
sunshine and play football. After an impressive World Cup Opening
Ceremony in the Theatre, pupils from each school taking part,
Stanstead, Henry Whipple, Robin Hood, Rise Park and Westglade, were
split up into different national football teams and put into two
groups for the preliminary stages.
A series of group games and semi-finals were fiercely contested
over the next 90 minutes, until just two teams remained. The final
was a hard fought contest between Brazil (Stanstead) and Portugal
It was a close run game and both teams were evenly matched
throughout. At times, it looked like nobody would find the
breakthrough until Brazil managed to break the deadlock in the last
10 seconds of extra time to win the match 1-0, ensuring that the
Primary World Cup trophy went back to Stanstead Primary School.
Congratulations to Brazil and the pupils from Stanstead Primary
Westglade FM - June 2013
We are lucky to have some excellent computer facilities at Top
Valley Academy and we
always enjoy people using the ICT facilities in school. With two
rooms and a dedicated Apple Suite; it's easy to see why pupils of
all ages like
to get creative on PC and Mac at TVA!
A group of Year 4 pupils at Westglade Primary School have been
spending some time
with us in recent weeks working on creating podcasts with Mr
Marshall for their
very own 'Westglade FM' section of their own website. The podcasts
have made are now online at www.westgladefm.co.uk
Mrs White, a Year 4 teacher, said: "For me the great
thing about the ICT we have done at TVA was seeing children shine
at new things. Their enthusiasm was brilliant. I've also gained
knowledge and skills, especially with the podcasts."
The children from Westglade were also quick to praise what they
had learnt during the sessions. Year 4 pupil Ricardo, said: "I
liked the sessions with Mr Marshall because I learned new things on
the computer and got the chance to use an iMac for the first
Natasha, also in Year 4, said: "I learnt how to record my
voice and it was enjoyable, especially learning how to copy and
There is already a great selection of Podcasts on the Westglade
FM website, including
musical renditions, and performances. The Year 4 pupils have had
their work added to the station. The podcasts include stories,
introducing themselves, and talking about their time working at Top
The pupils' researching
information in the Media suite at TVA for their podcasts.
Henry Whipple study Flowers and Pollen with Mr Bate
April 2013 - As we go roaring on through spring and into summer,
flowers are starting to blossom and soon they will be at full
bloom. We all get to see a bit more of the sun these days, and
April is the perfect time to learn about the way nature works.
That's why Mr Bate has been going into Henry Whipple Primary School
recently, to work with a group of Year 5 children on
The children picked their own flowers from the Henry Whipple
garden in preparation for the lesson. The children used microscopes
to carefully study the pollen grains in plants like Daffodils,
Carnations, and Hyacinths.
Rise Park Primary Practical PE at TVA
March 2013 - Year 4 pupils at Rise Park Primary School have been
using the facilities at Top Valley Academy during a series of
exciting PE sessions laid on by Mr. Smith over the last term. Class
4H and 4G have been taking part in activities and learning new and
different techniques and some unfamiliar sports!
Everything from how to correctly warm up and properly stretch to
games of Urban Hockey and Basketball have taken place
Mr Smith, who has been leading the sessions, said: "The
pupils were so willing and keen to learn all about the four
activities we covered - Dance Mats, Trampoline, Basketball and
Urban Hockey - so it was a real highlight of my week working with
"The inter class competition in the last week showed how
much they had taken on board over the term and the enjoyment was
clear to see".
"I'd like to thank the staff for bringing them, and all of
4H and 4G for their positive attitude and hard work learning all
the new skills. I look forward to seeing you all again in the
Well done to everybody in class 4H and 4G for your hard work and
commitment over the last term. Here are some photographs of some of
Wonderful Woodwork with
Staff and pupils from Westglade
Primary school have been making good use of our Engineering Centre
this term, as a group of Year 6 students have been coming in to Top
Valley Academy to get some expert woodwork sessions with Mr.
Designing the projects from
scratch, the pupils have been making wooden models of animals and
learning about the different stages of production in Engineering.
They have been learning the correct techniques, how to properly
operate machinery and tools and how to decorate a product before
completion. The initial work carving out the shapes - with the help
of Mr. Hallgarth - has already started, and the pupils will
continue working over the next half term to finish their models and
add the finishing touches!
Elloise said: "We chose the animal we wanted to design from
stencils and as soon as we are finished sanding them down, we are
going to decorate them".
Maddie said: "We don't have anything like this at Westglade,
so it is really exciting to be able to come into Top Valley and use
all of the equipment".
Mr Hallgarth, Head of Engineering, said: "Westglade
have been engaged using all the tools and resources in the
Engineering workshop to manufacture a range of products. The
pupils have been very well behaved and have made the most of this
Here are some photographs from one of the Engineering sessions
so far. Make sure to check back on www.topvalleyacademy.org to see
the finished products in a few weeks time.
You can also keep up to date with all of the transitional events
on Twitter @TopVAcademy.
Aye Aye captain! Year 5's become Pirates for a day of Caribbean
5th February 2013
The culture of the Caribbean has been celebrated in style by the
Year 5 pupils from Robin Hood, Rise Park, Stanstead, Westglade and
Henry Whipple, thanks to special culture events put on by Top
Valley Academy term.
The Year 5's came into the school on different days to work with
members of our culture faculty and to learn more about the
language, history and customs of the Caribbean. The pupils got into
the spirit straight away, dressing up as pirates by wearing hats,
eye patches and even carrying around inflatable pet parrots!
But it wasn't just the pupils dressing up, because the staff had
complete pirate makeovers too; they even adopted a pirate themed
alias for the day to really get into character!
The event was a terrific opportunity for the pupils to come into
Top Valley Academy and experience the different faculties and
departments we have in school. They were given the chance to work
in our History, Geography, Art and Languages area and take a
further look at the other facilities on site, including our state
of the art dining area, and our fantastic Theatre.
Ashley, a Year 5 Robin Hood pupil who worked with Miss
Castledine on fascinating pirate facts, said: "I really enjoyed the
drama performances we put on for the rest of the class and finding
out what sort of weapons pirates would use".
Congratulations to all of Year 5 pupils who were involved in
this wonderful event, but special congratulations go to Kieran,
Zach, Abbey, Tia, Marshall, Bridget, Laura, Neil and Joseph who all
received a special award (they got to keep their pet Parrott!) for
outstanding work on the day.
It's been hard editing these photographs down to just a few, but
here are some highlights from the day!
Thank you to all of the staff and pupils from our family feeder
primary schools for visiting Top Valley Academy and making the
culture days so much fun. We hope to welcome you back soon!
Stanstead Year 3 pupils find out about fantastic Fossils with
10th January 2013
It's not every day you get to handle fossils of some of the most
ancient species to roam the planet.
But the year 3 pupils from Stanstead Primary school had the
opportunity to do just that, when they came in this week to work in
our Science department and learn about fossils with Mr Bate.
After learning about how fossils were formed over the course of
millions of years, the children were given the opportunity get
hands on with some of the objects themselves.
It wouldn't be science without a bit of practical
experimentation, so the children were tasked with trying to make
their own fossils using Plasticine and Seashells in an effort to
try and recreate some of the examples they had seen.
Young Artists at
work - Robin Hood Primary School
Academy Art Department are currently working with year 4 pupils at
Robin Hood Primary School.
Robin Hood school
have been working with there link schools in Rwanda and the Art
department has decided to link the African Art theme in with the
work that is produced on our visits to Robin Hood School.
The pupils have
been learning about pattern and colour and how Art work can relate
to an African Art theme. The pupils have also learnt about
different skill techniques including wax resist.
Here is some of
their wonderful work:
CSI Top Valley : The Mysterious Death Of Charlotte
Rise Park Primary School Pupils
The Top Valley Dance Theatre was turned into a crime scene
on Tuesday 31st October, as Year 5 pupils from Rise
Park Primary and Nursery School were asked to solve a murder
mystery based on the poem, "The Murder of Charlotte
Pupils took the roles of forensic scientists, reporters and
detectives. They had to collect clues, solve problems and conduct
experiments to determine who was guilty!
Here's what Rise Park staff and pupils said about their day:
"It was a hugely enjoyable experience. A very good literacy
based activity encompassing poetry and role
play." Mr Shadbolt - Year
"Today was a great challenge for the Year 5 children. They
really enjoyed it. It was educational in a fun and imaginative
way." Ms Nicholson - Year 5
"I was a police officer who had to crack codes to find out
information about the victim. It was really
fun." Aimee - Year 5 pupil.
"We watched a short video about the suspect and we had to
create a report." Reshaun - Year 5 pupil
"I really enjoyed the drama and the detective
work." Monet - Year 5 pupil.
"I was a forensic scientist and I had to match samples of
evidence and do tests on them. I really enjoyed it because it was
fun doing the chemistry work in the labs."
Ewuraeena - Year 5 pupil.
Westglade Primary School Teachers attend Science INSET
31st October 2012
The TVA Science department invited teachers from Westglade
Primary School to the Top Valley Science labs for a special Science
INSET session on Wednesday 31st October. The aim was to
showcase resources, share Science teaching strategies and practical
ideas for use in the classroom at KS1 and KS2.
Our primary colleagues took part in some practical activities
involving Bunsen burners and conducted experiments connected with
TVA Science teacher, Jonathan Bate,
who co-ordinated the session said:
'Tonight was a great opportunity for the Westglade staff to
come and meet our Science team and look to see what resources they
could utilise for their pupils in the future. The practical nature
of the INSET session made the after school event very enjoyable. We
hope that the Westglade staff went away with some fresh ideas about
how they can use additional secondary school resources in their
classrooms as well as some additional knowledge of the theory
behind the Science'.
Westglade Primary School - Dragon's Den Project
8th October 2012
Top Valley Academy is working with Westglade Primary school to
deliver their exciting learning challenge of 'could you survive the
This is essentially a design/technology based
project. Westglade pupils carried out market research to
identify a product and then using the state of the art facilities
and expertise at Top Valley Academy have designed and created a
prototype of their product using CAD/CAM and 3D laser cutters.
"This project gives the children the opportunity to be
entrepreneurs and make business-like decisions; just like in the
real world" Miss Barrett - Deputy Head Teacher,
Westglade Primary School.
Now the prototype is made, Westglade's young entrepreneurs have
the unenviable task to persuade the 'Dragon' to invest money in
their product. They will then work withTop Valley Academy's ICT
specialists to create marketing materials including podcasting,
websites and flyers to promote their product to the wider community
whilst the product itself goes in to production.