25/06/2015 by sleach860
A visit to Connell Sixth Form College provided a group of talented Year 9s with an informative and entertaining insight into further education. After a welcome by Joe Poole, Connell’s head of law and organiser of the taster day the MCMA learners got to experience A Level study.
The day began with an introductory Spanish lesson which used a variety of learning techniques to ensure everyone was involved from the outset. After an introduction to the language which was new to many, teacher Adam Patterson emphasised the importance of good pronunciation before getting the pupils practice phrases and start to understand their meaning.
MCMA learners in the sociology workshop
An introduction to sociology then flagged up the topics covered in the course, highlighting the sensitive nature of many and the fact that the course encourages debate. The activities generated much discussion amongst the year 9s and everyone left the workshop having viewed society from a different angle.
Workshops in law and humanities followed with a range of hands on activities. The highlight of the day for many was looking into sentencing in the law taster and hearing the evidence from a real life case. The year 9s then got to play the part of judge and decide on the sentence. The MCMA learners were slightly more lenient than the judge in the real trial, but this may reflect some of the understanding they displayed in the sociology workshop as they took great interest in the defendant’s mitigation.
The visit to Connell was a great success and one that the pupils and staff at MCMA hope will be repeated.