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L4S Day - July 2016

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On Friday 15th July OSCA students were involved in the last calendared L4S day. These days are important to ensure that students receive PSHE lessons that are catered for their age and stage within their school life. A great day had by all with our external visitors being very impressed with the work ethic and conduct that our students displayed during the day. Year group focus: Year 7 - Students raising their awareness of our natural environment and the importance of being eco friendly. Looking at how changes in our climate are effecting our British wildlife and ways in which we could encourage more wildlife into our gardens.These workshops were accompanied by the annual visit by the animal man, where students get up close and personal with a variety of insects, reptiles and other animals. Year 8 - Math's & ICT enterprise challenge was introduced to our year 8 students. They had to design and create an educational numeracy games geared towards students in year 6. Some of the ideas are the day were amazing and could have been marketable. Year 9 - A day that focused on Respect. Students work on a rotational basis moving around to different lessons workshops. Respecting others, self respect and safety/risks were all main topics of the day. Our year 9 students had the chance to work with our local Policeman Hughie Treasure who came into the Academy to talk about Knife Crime, the risks and making the right decisions. Year 10 - Readiness for work experience this week. On Friday our year 10 students really got to grips with transferable skills that are important in any working environment. Communication etiquette, writing that winning CV, skills and how to use them proactively and a workshop geared around apprenticeships and traineeships so our students are more aware of what is out there when they leave. Employer engagement was also a key strand to the day, our students were joined by representatives from the RAF to discuss their job roles and skills req


British Science Festival Photos

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This year the British Science Festival was held in Birmingham and OSCA was not missing out! On 10th September 2014 26 Year 10 pupils attended a day of events at The University of Birmingham. This included a spectacular session about our favourite superheroes, genes and DNA. Pupils subsequently took part in activities to experience science at work, including building a giant 'jenga' tower in sand, scrubbing up for some trauma surgery and using a computer program to direct various services to areas of incidence in an emergency. Individuals from a variety of professions then spoke to pupils about their career paths and how science related to jobs that the pupils were interested in going into. In the afternoon pupils had the opportunity to view pieces at the famous Barber Institute of Fine Art and consider the relationship between art and science. The day was rounded off by pupils attending a specialist physics talk regarding investigations into other stars and solar systems which may support life - ET may indeed be phoning Earth (rather than home) through the stars! This was a fantastic opportunity for pupils to consider further education, careers in science and even work with pupils from other schools during activities. The pupils' behaviour was excellent and they represented OSCA incredibly well during events. Well done to our super science students. The Year 11 pupils were not to be outdone! Two teams of four Year 11s represented OSCA in the Big Science Quiz and showed enthusiasm and passion for science and learning throughout the activities!