St Margaret Ward Catholic Academy has very strong links with each of our feeder Primary Schools in the Newman Catholic Collegiate. A range of cross-phase activities and projects take place throughout the Academic Year for both students and staff, details of these can be found in this section.
- Transition Project Summer 2019
- Summer School Summer 2019
- Mathematics and English Cross Phase Pedagogy
- Times Tables Rockstars
- Primary Team Building Event, November 2019
- Mathematics Challenge
- 020 Dance Performance
- Basketball Event
- Primary Science Sessions
- Santa's Grotto
- Alice in Wonderland Sessions
- Christmas Party
- Year 5 Times Tables Rockstars
- Year 5 Spelling Bee
- Hubb Foundation Transition Day
All 210 students beginning their studies at St Margaret Ward Catholic Academy in September 2019 were invited to an intensive 7 week Transition Programme during June and July of 2019. During this time students were introduced to Catholic Life and were taught a range of subjects including Mathematics, English and Science. Students also had the opportunity to study subjects that they had not previously studied before, for example, Food and Design Technology. One student said that the highlight of the transition for him, was making a volcano erupt during a Science Practical in one of our 7 Laboratories. All students were also invited to a Friendship Day where they spent the morning with their form tutors and the rest of their form group, getting involved in teamwork activities.
During the first week of the summer holidays students were invited to the St Margaret Ward Summer School. Activities included Engineering with KMF, Cook & Eat sessions with Nutribox and the History of Gaming where students could play on a range of over 25 games consoles dating back from 1980. Students were also given the chance to go cycling at Manifold Valley and Fishing at Blakehall Fisheries, where fully qualified instructors carefully guided students on the correct technique. Free lunches were very kindly provided by The Hubb for all students.
Mathematics and English teachers from St Margaret Ward and each of our feeder Primary Schools have been involved in Cross Phase Observations. These are ongoing and involve Primary teachers observing Secondary lessons and vice versa. Teachers have commented on how valuable this has been on giving them an insight into life in a Primary/Secondary school and most importantly, sharing of pedagogy. The observations are taking place alongside termly cross phase moderation in all core subjects.
On Thursday 21st November, over 60 Year 6 students visited St Margaret Ward for their first Mathematics Challenge Session.
Students worked in pairs to complete an investigation about Consecutive Chains and then worked in teams of four to battle it out to score the most points in a Fractions exam relay.
Feedback from the session was really positive; students described it as “Exciting, Thought Provoking and Interesting.”
Well done Year 6! We look forward to seeing you for Challenge Session 2 in January.
Science teachers from St Margaret Ward have been delivering practical Science sessions in our feeder Primary schools to Year 4 and 5 students. The photos below show Mr Delves demonstrating a dissection!
During the first week of December, all children in Year 3 from the Newman Catholic Collegiate were invited to St Margaret Ward Catholic Academy for our Christmas Extravaganza.
The children and their teachers were greeted by our elves who escorted them to our Christmas Production, which was produced by our Year 9 Performing Arts group. All children then had the opportunity to meet Santa, to find their name in the Naughty or Nice Book and to get a present! The feedback from the week has been overwhelming positive, children reported that it was “The Best Day Ever” and that “The Elves were Amazing”.
Santa and his elves have now returned to the North Pole to get the presents ready for all of the other boys and girls. Thank you to everybody who supported throughout the week and we can’t wait to do it all again next year
During the Christmas holidays, St Margaret Ward hosted a Christmas Activity day for children from our feeder primary schools and children currently in Years 7 and 8. The day involved garland making, Christmas card making and the children even produced their own Christmas performance. We then had a full Christmas lunch cooked by our brilliant kitchen staff and then children were treated to a Christmas gift. Many thanks to The Hubb Foundation and the staff at Synectics Solutions for their generous donations of gifts.
On Thursday 12th February over 60 Year 5 students competed to become the quickest Times Table Rockstar. Students battled through 2 rounds to make it through to the Final Round. A special well done to St John The Evangelist Academy who had 3 students in the top 5! All students were fantastic and we were blown away by their re-call of Times Tables.
On Friday 21st February over 70 students from The Newman Catholic Collegiate attended a transition day, funded by The Hubb Foundation. Activities included pizza making, Engineering with KMF, Multi Sports with the Port Vale Foundation, puppet making, arts & crafts and Harry Potter Maths. Students had a brilliant time and we look forward to welcoming them back during the Easter holidays.