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An introduction to the Year 5 Curriculum can be found on our Year 5 page to replace information that is usually given out to new parents at the Induction Evening in July and the English/Maths morning in October.

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Year 8 Events
SpringTerm 2020
Ambassador for Peace and Education visits school
On Wednesday 29th January, KS3 has the pleasure of observing a powerful speech and taking part in a question and answer session with Ahmad Nawaz. He campaigns globally for peace and education for young people and has spoken about these issues at the UN World Merit360 summit, the House of Lords and over one hundred schools and colleges, including Eton College as well as Cambridge and Oxford Universities.  

Ahmad is now running a campaign globally for youth empowerment and is the first-ever young person to be invited by the President of Portugal to speak at the Global Estoril Conference in May 2019, where he met with other heads of the state and some Nobel Laureates to discuss youth role in the society. 
 
We are grateful to Ahmad and his father for taking the time to visit us and speak so candidly and powerfully to our pupils at Parkside. Listening to such a young motivational speaker had an enormous impact with KS3 during an inspirational week 'The difference that we want to make starts with us.'
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Physiotherapist visits School
Year 8 had the privilege of a visit from guest speaker Richard Drewitt; a physiotherapist. He informed pupils of the different career avenues within the sports and medicine industry and the relevant qualifications and educational routes needed to achieve this. He educated them on the most frequently occurring sports injuries for their age and the corresponding treatments and rehabilitation required. 

The pupils also learnt on how to administer certain treatments and were given the opportunity to handle different types of medical equipment. This experience broadened their knowledge and understanding and gave them a great insight into a ‘day in the life’ of a physiotherapist.
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 Autumn Term 2019
Victoria Cleland from the Bank of England Visits Parkside.

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On Friday, 22nd November, Parkside were privileged to welcome Victoria Cleland into school to speak with our KS3 pupils about her career within the Bank of England. Victoria Cleland is the Executive Director for Banking, Payments and Innovation, and Chief Cashier at the Bank of England. As well as having responsibility for all of the Bank’s involvement in banknotes (from design to distribution), she leads the Bank’s work on digital currencies. Victoria has a degree in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from Oxford and an MBA from Imperial College London. Her career has been based at the Bank of England, covering a range of roles including: oversight of payment and settlement systems, financing of small businesses, graduate recruitment, Private Secretary to the Deputy Governor and immediately prior to heading the Notes area, Deputy Head of the Special Resolution Unit.

In her presentation to pupils, Victoria explained the function of the Bank of England and spoke to pupils about how Economics within the country operates. She also told us about Titan notes and some of the aspects of bank note and digital currency design. Pupils were then invited to ask some insightful questions. All of KS3 enjoyed this unique opportunity to speak with her and we learned a considerable amount about the economy and the role of the Bank of England.


Creative Careers Week - Theatre Visit
On Wednesday, 20th November, 25 Year 8 pupils had the unique opportunity to visit PRG UK to look at potential careers in the events and entertainment industry, as part of Creative Careers Week.

PRG is a multi-award-winning supplier of lighting, video and rigging systems to the events and entertainment industry in the UK. Their clients include music touring companies, event producers, theatre designers, television production designers, and the producers of special events. The range of services offered by PRG covers everything from support at the conception, planning, and implementation stages, to technical equipment and follow-up for all kinds of events. PRG's extensive inventory of event technology is the largest in the world.

During the visit, PRG talked to pupils about the wide range of options for future careers within the entertainment industry which are not solely limited to drama and performance. They gave a tour of their facility and offered some practical activities, where pupils were able to experiment with the lighting systems and technology used within large events. Our pupils were full of enthusiasm and PRG stated that they were a credit to our school. We look forward to seeing some of them in the future, working on major TV programmes or music festivals as a result of this inspirational opportunity.Theatre trip collage


Year 8 Trip to Birmingham Central Mosque
On Wednesday 16th October, 8ED and 8KN visited Birmingham Central Mosque. We learnt about the Muslim religion and their beliefs. As we entered the Mosque, we were politely asked to take our shoes off. This was so that we didn’t damage their beautifully patterned carpets. After, we went into the community room, where lots of books were shelved in the library. Our visit leader, taught us all about the library and the other special events that took place at the Mosque such as: weddings, funerals, charity events and school visits. We also learnt about the biggest Mosque in the world (Great Mosque of Mecca). Then, we were all fascinated by the term, 'ablution’. This is where Muslims wash their body with water before prayer. If you pass wind, fall asleep, bleed, get sick, faint or if a male passes past a female, you have to wash all over again. 

Finally, we learnt about the prayer positions and the importance of Allah and the Qur’an. Most of us got involved and tried to do this, which was really fun.
Overall, we had a great morning and it was a valuable experience.

By Jess in 8ED

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Marine Engineering Pathway Tour
On Thursday 19th and Friday 20th September, Parkside welcomed the Marine Society and Sea Cadets into school to work with our Year 8 pupils, with their Marine Engineering Pathway Tour. Our pupils participated in a two-hour hands-on workshop which looked at the fundamentals of engineering through a real-life marine engineering scenario.

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Pupils had to design and build a ship which was stable in water to carry as much cargo as possible. They tested their ships to then discover which teams had succeeded in carrying the most cargo whilst staying afloat. The workshop coordinator was amazed by the high scores that our Year 8 pupils achieved through the days, commenting that Parkside pupils broke several records for the most cargo to be carried. The pupils thoroughly enjoyed the experience and were enthused about engineering as a result. 


 Summer Term 2019
Collaboration Project
It has been an especially busy term in the Arts here at Parkside!

Our current Year 8's have been working alongside Catshill Middle School upon collaborative project spanning four weeks. Pupils with a passion for Art were offered this enrichment opportunity to work with a new and unfamiliar material - challenging their talents!

We worked at both sites over three afternoons, using the theme of 'Feeling Mindful ' and 'Dragonflies. We used wool, felting techniques and beads to create a large swarm of decorative dragonflies. A fantastic time was had by all. 
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Please look out for our final Art work at Parkside. 
 


Year 8 Cultural identity: Mexican Art project
We explored the Artworks and traditional festivals of Mexico. Pupils explored the pattern, colour and style of 'El Dias De Los Muertos', developing their own unique designs and patterns. We applied our designs to self portraits, creating a traditional sugar skull, celebrating our uniqueness!

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Art Cohesion Project 2019
As part of our ongoing Art cohesion with Bromsgrove School, Mrs Cheuk and a group of our Year 8 pupils were invited to a drawing master class. They worked alongside acclaimed artist Mark Lippett. 

Pupils studied his technique and used his advice and expertise to create beautiful, tonal drawings of a forest view.
We hope you enjoy our results.
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Spring Term 2019

Volunteer It Yourself Project
On Thursday 28th March, 27 Year 8 pupils had the opportunity to participate in a Midlands based vocational trade mentoring programme, ‘Volunteer It Yourself’, devised by The Careers and Enterprise Company, Wickes and City and Guilds. The programme has been designed to engage pupils in experiencing future careers through developing vocational trade skills and broader employability skills, through in-school workshops and participation in a building refurbishment project.

Pupils were led by volunteer trade skills mentors to collaborate and build three new picnic benches for use in school. They participated in two in-class workshops, followed by one day’s practical work experience. Pupils learned about skills development and career opportunities in the building / construction sector, developed self-confidence and team work skills, and gained ‘on-the-job’ experience volunteering and working alongside their mentors on the project. All materials were donated by Wickes.

The pupils thoroughly enjoyed the day and were proud with their accomplishments at the end. They were commended by the project mentors for their enthusiasm, work ethic and impeccable manners throughout the project. Their picnic benches will be a lasting legacy to their time at Parkside. Well done to everyone involved!

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Big Bang Fair
On Thursday 14th March all of Year 8 had the opportunity to go and see the Big Bang Fair at the NEC. 

The Big Bang Fair is the largest celebration of science, technology, engineering and maths for young people in the UK. 

The pupils all had the chance to hear from inspiring engineers and scientists from some of the UK's biggest companies and found out about the opportunities available in science and engineering. They found out the careers in STEM range from putting on fashion shows to creating the next biggest roller-coaster or even creating new technology that can save lives! 

At the fair was a huge Science show which explained the Chemistry and Biology of explosions. All the pupils were able to speak to lots of real scientists and engineers. They had the chance to ask them questions when they met them live on stage.

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Network Rail Visit
On Friday the 8th March we had a special visitor come to Parkside to celebrate International Women’s day and females in engineering. Lorraine came to talk to our young children about Network Rail and all of the different career paths engineering can take you down. The children learnt about apprenticeship schemes and also how university can be another pathway. They also learnt about how the lights and signalling work on the railway and how plans for changes are submitted nearly 3 years in advance.

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Typography & Fonts
Our project was based on our own identity 'what does it mean to be me?'. Our Year 8's studied typography and graffiti to create their own personalised font and name 'tag'.

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Mexican Tin Art and Loteria Fortune Cards
Our Year 8’s worked with their pervious designs and ideas to create an embellished, mixed media homage to Mexican folk art.

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