We work in close collaboration with our local primary schools to make the transition to secondary a positive experience. We regularly invite Year 5 and 6 to sports and performing arts events at The Hewett Academy so they can try new activities and experience our fantastic facilities. Our open evenings and school tours give students a taste of life at our welcoming secondary school.
The Hewett Academy welcomed pupils from nearby primary schools for a day of water-based competition and fun in its feeder school swimming gala.
Pupils from Bignold Primary School, Edith Cavell Academy, The Free School Norwich, Tuckswood Academy, and Bluebell Primary School competed in a range of different strokes, finishing with two relays which were won by Bignold and The Free School.
Bignold pupil Izzy was the star of the day, taking home a clutch of medals for her success in the pool.
The Hewett Academy’s transition manager Sue Ferguson said: “The standard of swimming from all five schools was exceptional and the way in which the students all conducted themselves throughout was fantastic.
“All students got involved in all the races and were positively encouraging fellow swimmers.
The Hewett Academy has been holding taster sessions for Year 6 pupils from primary schools including Tuckswood Academy, Edith Cavell Academy, and Norwich Primary Academy.
The pupils visited the Hewett to take part in activities including swimming, geography, art, science, hockey, English, maths, and food tech, helped out by the Hewett's own student ambassadors.
In the swimming pool, pupils spent some time developing their swimming strokes before teaming up for some fun games, culminating in a game of water polo.
To test their geography skills the children took part in a 'flag challenge', where they had to plot where countries were on a map of the world. The winning team won a very special prize indeed - sweets!
The science session involved investigating the pH of many solutions used in daily life. Students were able to identify acids and alkalis using universal indicator and then created their own indicator using red cabbage. The pupils had a fantastic time working as scientists in our custom-built laboratories and were given some universal indicator paper to take away and test liquids in their own homes.
The primary schools gave very positive feedback following the sessions, commenting: "Our pupils were really engaged in all the high-quality sessions which were delivered," and "They really enjoyed it - they loved the classrooms!"
The Hewett welcomed Norwich Primary Academy pupils to a Quicksticks hockey session. After a quick practice with the sticks and balls, the pupils were playing matches in a mini tournament on the school's astro turf pitch.
Each team was managed by a Hewett Hockey Leader, and the primary pupils put in an impressive performance on the pitch, scoring some great goals and winning the ball back with skill.
Other transition activities going on include:
- Hewett ambassadors are going into Tuckswood Academy and Bignold Junior to hear the children read.
- Our head of modern foreign languages has been visiting Tuckswood Academy, teaching MFL to Year 5 and 6 pupils.
- Teachers regularly visit feeder schools and deliver workshops.
- Hockey tournament and primary sessions in music, languages, and dance.
If you would like to discuss any issues regarding transition, please contact Mrs S Ferguson by email at email@example.com or call 01603 628181.