Academy News 6th February

Year 2 Spanish Workshop at St Edward’s Academy Wed 1st Feb

On Wednesday 1st February, St Edward’s Academy welcomed 20 Year 2 pupils and their teachers from Woodcroft and St Edward’s First School in Cheddleton to a special afternoon workshop of Spanish games and activities in order to stretch their language learning.

This was organised by our languages department in conjunction with the first school Spanish teachers.  The games were devised and led by Mrs Sims and her fabulous team of Y8 Curriculum Enrichment students who are studying Spanish this term.

Firstly, the pupils were treated to a little ‘play’ put on by the Year 8 pupils.  Then, as the first school pupils came from different schools, they greeted each other, and asked each other’s names in Spanish to break the ice.  This was followed by games to reinforce Spanish numbers, colours, and the names of pets.

A huge thank you must go to the Year 8 pupils involved with a special mention to Lauren Barratt, Victoria Sheldon and Claire Shepherd who gave up a lot of time at home and in lunchtimes to ensure the workshop ran smoothly.

The first school pupils really enjoyed their time here and the workshop further reinforced their love of language learning.

¡Viva España!

Chess

On Saturday, we won the ECF Junior Chess Challenge (for year 7 and 8s) regional stage at Loughborough.  Each pupil played three games against teams from Loughborough Grammar School.

Josh Brown was on the top board, Robert Cooper board two, Jamie Jones board three and Isabelle Rose and Louisa Swarbrook took turns on board four.

They beat the Loughborough B and C team 4 – 0. Loughborough A team also won 4 – 0 each time. It came down to the last round to see who would win overall. Josh lost to a very strong player. Isabelle and Jamie went on to win. However, the score of 2 – 2 would not be enough as Loughborough A team had won a higher board so Robert needed to win or draw.  With about fifteen seconds left on Robert’s clock he checkmated his opponent winning the competition for St Edward’s and getting us to another National Final being held at Hertford College, Oxford in April.

All five players played to their full potential and were great ambassadors to the school.