Maths & Science Enrichment Day at Nottingham Trent University- 22.2.17
On Wednesday 22nd February, a group children from all across the Samworth family of primary schools were lucky enough to be invited to attend a special maths and science activity day at Nottingham Trent University. The day was planned and run by the university’s teaching students and allowed the children to experience what it might be like to be a university student themselves one day.
The lucky children to attend from Berry Hill were Campbel, Kamran, Erin, Isabella, Igor, Evan, Mia and Isla.
The day was split into 3 sections. In the morning the children were able to take part in some science and nature based activities. The first activity focussed on identifying different trees and leaves on the campus and the second involved hunting for and identifying mini beasts!
The second part of the day was made up of a tour of the university campus including the library, a lecture theatre and seminar room, the halls of residence, the student union building, the sports facility building and the crime scene house! During this time, the children were also treated to lunch in the student canteen which they all thoroughly enjoyed and which enhanced the whole student life experience.
For the last part of the day, the children took part in some maths/problem solving activities which were quite challenging but were no match for our year 5s as they worked together to explore possibilities, share and discuss ideas and solve the problems collaboratively.
All of the children really enjoyed the day and said that the university experience had been much better than they had expected. They all said they would love to go again next year! I also really enjoyed it and it was a pleasure to spend the day with such a well behaved group of children. They all showed respect to the students leading the activities and to the other children and adults. They listened well and they were fully engaged in everything that they were asked to do. I felt very proud of them and they should feel proud of themselves too, they really were Berry Hill role models!
By Mrs Smith.
Here are some comments from the children about their experience:
“It was fun. It was interesting and I learned a lot. The café was great!”
“It made me want to go there when I go to uni!”
“I liked how they talked about inventing their own clubs. I liked the people there. I liked how you can live at university-that is something that I want to experience.”
“The people were really nice. I thought it was interesting and I liked the idea of making your own clubs and being able to choose what you want to do.”
“I really enjoyed the day. I was surprised when we did the science stuff and I didn’t like touching the mini beasts! I really enjoyed the tour as well.”
“It was really nice. The paninis were nice too! I really enjoyed the experience, looking round and seeing the lecture theatre and the debate room with the spinney chairs!”
“I was worried it was going to be like a test but it was really good and fun! I really enjoyed the day, especially making up pudding club and the paninis!”
“I found the day really fun because it was maths and science. It was really interesting and the mentors were amazing. It was good on the full tour of the university when we got to see where the students work, the library and the lecture theatre and where they live.”
Photographs of the day