Dartmouth Academy students learn the Dr Who way
DARTMOUTH Academy students had a summer holiday break to remember when they took part in a “Superhuman Summer School”.
Students got 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 6th Form Specialist ran the special week with teacher Mandy Pigott.
The Summer School was set up for some of the ACE group year 6s and 7s and was a weeklong workshop on all things Superhuman.
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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. Using their unique experience, students then came back to base and created their own characters with Dan’s help including creating robots made from junk and plastercine modelling and animation.
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, one of the key aims of the ‘all-through’ academy, which educates students from the ages of 3-19years. The Year 6 Students in particular got a boost in confidence, before starting inYear 7 this month, as they now know students in the year above them.
Gemma said: “This was a wonderful week for students and staff alike – it has given the Year 6 children a great insight in to the fun and learning they will have at Dartmouth Academy in September and the Year 7s a chance to be the role models and set good examples. I was very proud of all the students and the skills they have gained from the week can be used as they start the new school year. Doctor Who was incredible and we highly recommend it – it’s been a week of the learning the students will always remember.”