Appointment with Doctor for pupils
A GROUP of students from South Devon had a summer break to remember when they visited the Dr Who experience in Cardiff and worked with some of the show's designers.
The Dartmouth Academy Year 6 and 7 group took part in the Superhuman Summer School and had the time of their life.
The students had the chance to work with a professional graphic artist, created 3D animations, and visited the incredibly popular Dr Who Experience in Cardiff Bay.
Gemma Bolwell, the academy's alternative curriculum education coordinator and sixth form specialist, ran the special week with teacher Mandy Pigott.
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The summer school was set up for some of the ACE group year 6 and 7 and was a week-long workshop on all things superhuman.
Graphic novel artist, Dan Wright, was brought in to work with the students on drawing skills and computer 3D modelling.
They then headed off to Cardiff for their appointment with the Doctor.
During the visit, the students had the opportunity to operate the Tardis, meet moving, talking, Daleks and see a 3D film.
Miss Bolwell said: "It was a magical outing."
The students learnt about how a programme like Dr Who operates and what it takes to bring its fantastic characters to life.
Students came back to base and, using their unique experience, created their own characters with Dan's help including creating robots made from junk, plasticine modelling and animation.
Ms Bolwell said: "The week was seen not only as a really valuable learning experience for the students, who picked up many new skills, it also helped build friendships between members of different year groups.
"The Year 6 students, in particular, got a boost in confidence, before starting in Year 7, as they now know students in the year above them.
"It was a wonderful week for students and staff alike and gave the Year 6 children a great insight into the fun and learning they will have at Dartmouth Academy and the Year 7's a chance to be the role models and set good examples.
"Doctor Who was incredible and we highly recommend it – it's been a week of learning the students will always remember."