Students on full-time Foundation Studies courses continue to progress with a diverse program of learning opportunities to prepare them for independent living.
Taking a closer look at what the students have been involved in recently, it is evident that they have adapted well to a mixture of classroom and online studies that include lots of practical activities centred around individual interests and skills.
The Game Change Project
Some students from the Foundation Studies course have been involved in a local project called ‘The Game Change Project’. Three students, Keiron Spilsbury-Evans, Conor Lewis, and Emma Bennett attended the Project weekly for six weeks. The Project aims to bridge the gap between mainstream education and a real-life workplace to give young people a new outlook on their future career prospects.
The Project offers a variety of activities to engage young people and help build their confidence. Students from the College had a go at digger driving, bricklaying and communication skills, basic mechanics, and they also got involved in a restoration project of an old horse-drawn plough.
The students shared their experience in a presentation with other class members speaking of how they had enjoyed the experience, they had learnt new skills, gained confidence, and had lots of fun.
The College looks forward to working with ‘The Game Change Project’ on more opportunities for students in the future.
Outdoor Art Murals
The Foundation Studies group benefit from a wide range of activities seeking to mix learning and fun wherever possible. One such project which allowed the group to spend time together outdoors was an art mural project.
The project looked to explore several skills through the use of artwork using chalk. The group was allocated a large area at the back of the College to allow them to experiment with chalk drawing and then seizing a dry day, a small group of students went outdoors and got creative.
Lecturer Fleur Grigg said: ‘Chalk drawings are a good way for students to be able to express their imaginations. We had all sorts of experiments with colour and texture but also with different patterns and images. Some members of the group created games this helped to stimulated communication and some physical exercise too.’
Bake Off Competitions
In the run-up to Christmas, staff have had their cooking skills tested with a cooking competition set by the students.
This time it was the students who got the chance to play the role of the judges. They set meal challenges for staff to prepare and cook then waited to find out which lecturers had tasty talents and who could make those sensational savouries. The students had fun and along the way gained some cooking inspiration and tips.
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