Due to school closures, we were unable to run our on-site Primary Ambitions programme in 2020-2021. Given the need to provide enrichment activities for our partners was as great as pre lockdown, we devised a plan to create our Primary Ambitions programme as ‘lessons-in-a-box’ that could be delivered to partners to deliver remotely.
Our pupils embraced the challenge and developed ‘Lessons-in-a-box’ across 16 subject areas to deliver to our partner primary schools. Throughout the autumn term, pupils prepared lesson plans and resources for their assigned subjects. Resources included presentations, group and individual activities, how-to videos, and materials. Many of the groups recorded videos introducing themselves to their partner school pupils which is a great way for them to feel connected. Our pupils, with support from their Primary Ambitions supervisors, have made every effort to design the sessions to be engaging and varied. The IT skills of many of the groups have been commendable.
16 of our partner schools participated in the programme this year. We delivered five modules from November through to early December. Feedback on the content was extremely positive and our partners appreciated our Sixth Formers efforts to create fun-filled, engaging materials.
We are planning to make our Primary Ambitions lessons-in-a-box materials accessible on demand to our partner schools going forward as part of our Emanuel Connect programme.
I have learned not to give up.
– Christ Church CofE Primary School Pupil