Shine

Partner: Poverest Primary School, St Mary Cray, Orpington
Partner type: Maintained School
Project category: Academic

This is a programme of Saturday workshops which gives 40-50 children a chance to learn in a new way, with able children from St James School, Hatcham, Southborough Lane and Orchard Primary in the excellent facilities of Bromley High School.

The themes that the workshops cover are: code breaking, flight, wind farms, sport for a healthy lifestyle, music, creativity and performance. Each of the workshops involves a number of subject specialisms and are designed to help children to extend their learning beyond the national curriculum, as well as helping them to develop thinking skills and independent learning. The programme ends with a festival day to which all participants and their families are invited.

Aims of the project

This is a programme of Saturday workshops which gives children a chance to learn in a new way, with able children from a couple of other primary schools, and in the excellent facilities of Bromley High School. 

The programme seeks to address the requirements of local primary school heads in terms of extension activities for their most able students. Our measure of success is the pupils' own self reflection logs and the assessment of our participating school heads. We invite familes of participants into the school and to our Community Day where the pupils perform. This gives schools a platform to showcase the talents of their pupils. Students grow in confidence and experience increased self esteem. 

Background and goals

The project was initially founded five years ago in partnership with the SHINE foundation but is now entirely funded by Bromley Hogh School and organised by Bromley High School in collaboration with partner schools.

Resources

This is based at Bromley High School and uses our facilities. Bromley High teaching staff are involved as or teaching and non teaching staff from the participating schools.

It is a programme of 6 Saturday mornings and there is no financial contribution from the participating schools.

Impact

The project is reviewed annually with Heads of participating schools after the end of the programme. All participants keep a log and review and reflect upon the impact of the project on their learning.

Pupil involvement

Pupils who attend are both boys and girls and they are from Year 5/6. The SHINE participants form a joint choir with Bromley High Junior School pupil and perform together. Older Bromley High students partipate as helpers for example with the Duke of Edinburgh camping activities or with Science or DT activities.

Frequency and duration

This is a project that is carried out annually over six Saturday mornings in the summer term.