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Inspiring STEM Careers at Primary Day

Posted at 1:52 pm on 2nd October, 2019

Transition Event at Wellacre

On 27th September, Wellacre hosted an inspiring Primary STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) Day in conjunction with Flixton Girls School (FGS).

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Over 400 Year 6 pupils from primary schools including Acre Hall, Flixton Primary, Gorse Hill, Highfield, Kingsway, Moss Park, St Michael’s, Urmston Juniors and Woodhouse attended the event. 

Wellacre challenged pupils from across Trafford to dress up as any professional figure or career in the STEM industry and learn more about future opportunities in this field.

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The aspirational event welcomed future surveyors, mechanics, astronauts, surgeons, pilots and many more. Some young pupils were inspired by icons in the field, such as renowned scientist Albert Einstein, as well as famous inventor and engineer Nikola Tesla. 

Pupils visited a range of curriculum areas at Wellacre, enjoying a host of engaging, interactive and exciting lessons and activities, focusing on STEM themes to inspire learning.  

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Activities included, for example, in English, learning about astronaut Tim Peake and writing persuasive letters to be the first child in space and in Computing, learning programming and problem-solving skills to control a robot.  In French, using numbers to show how important they are in everyday life and work, from time to measurements. Finally, in Maths, taking on the role of a farmer and using pupils’ knowledge of area and perimeter, designing a profitable and sustainable farm.

Principal Miss Wicks said:

“The atmosphere today has been fantastic; there was a great buzz around the school as the wonderful array of young STEM professionals arrived!  At Wellacre, we want to show that anything is possible for our students and it was amazing to see so many STEM career opportunities represented.

“The Primary Day is an important part of Wellacre’s transition programme through which we aim to build pupil confidence and settle any nerves ahead of the move from primary school to secondary.”  

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St. Michael’s Primary School pupil, Bailey, said: “I dressed up as an astronaut because it’s a very scientific job! It’s been very cool and inspiring to come to Wellacre, meet new friends and have a good time.” 

Kingsway Primary pupil, James, added: “It is fun changing classes for the different lessons; it’s good because it feels like we’re in high school.” 

Participating schools posted positive feedback on social media:

Moss Park primary school said: “Thanks to Wellacre Academy and Flixton Girls School who ran a wonderful STEM day for Year 6!”

Acre Hall primary school said:  “Our class have had a wonderful day at the STEM events.”