Year 7-9 activities

Over the last academic year, the Widening Access team has adapted our sessions to ensure we can continue to deliver to a high standard despite the ongoing COVID-19 restrictions. As a result, we now have a range of activities that can be delivered in an online setting. The method of delivery will be indicated underneath each activity listed throughout our activity guide. We are happy to be flexible with our delivery methods so please indicate this to your Widening Access Officer when booking on to any activity. Please note that activities initially intended to run on-campus or in-school may need to be delivered online, dependent on changes to government guidelines in the next academic year.

Events at the University

Date: Thursday 27 January 2022 and Thursday 16 June 2022

Year group: 7

Location: Thursday 27 January 2022 (Derby) and Thursday 16 June 2022 (Chesterfield)

Length of session: Full day

Description: Your students will have the opportunity to see what university is like, learn more about university life, look around our facilities and meet our current students.

Learning outcome: 1, 4, 6

Gatsby benchmark: 2, 7

Delivery method: On-campus

Book now your Year 7 Experience Day

 

Date: Wednesday 9 February 2022

Year group: 7-9

Location: Kedleston Road, Derby

Length of session: Full day

Description: Students with experience of care and their carers are invited for a personalised visit to the University. On the day students will find out more about the additional support available as a care-experienced student, meet current students and engage in interactive taster sessions.

Delivery method: On-campus

Learning outcomes: 1, 4 and 6

Gatsby benchmarks: 2 and 7

Find out more about the LAC Experience Day

Date: Tuesday 18 January 2022 and Tuesday 25 January 2022

Year group: 8

Location: Tuesday 18 January 2022 (Derby) or Tuesday 25 January 2022 (Chesterfield) 

Length of session: Full day

Description: Your Year 8 students will have the opportunity to try out a range of new subjects and learn more about the skill-set needed for a range of careers through interactive, competitive tasters. These tasters will also seek to dispel the myths surrounding gender stereotypes in certain job roles and university courses.

Learning outcomes: 3, 6

Gatsby benchmarks: 2, 4, 7

Delivery method: On-campus

Find out more about the Skills Challenge event on the 18 January

Find out more about the Skills Challenge event on the 25 January

Date: Friday 11 February 2022

Year group: 8

Location: Markeaton Street site

Length of session: Full day

Description: Your students will have the opportunity to learn more about the STEM subjects through competitive taster sessions, as well as meet inspirational women in STEM careers across Derbyshire. 

Learning outcomes: 1, 2, 3 and 6

Gatsby benchmarks: 2, 4, 5 and 7

Delivery method: On-campus

Find out more about the Girls into STEM event

Date: Negotiable

Year group: 9

Location: Kedleston Road, Derby

Length of session: Full day

Description: Your students will have the opportunity to see what university is like, learn more about university life, look around our facilities and meet our current students.

Learning outcomes: 1, 4, 6

Gatsby benchmarks: 2, 7

Delivery method: On-campus

Book your Year 9 Experience Day

Activities in school

Date: Negotiable

Year group: 7 and 8

Location: In school

Length of session: 15 minutes (assembly) to 1 hour (classroom workshop)

Description: This interactive session introduces higher education and challenges the myths surrounding university. The activities will help students to make informed decisions about the benefits of going to university and make students familiar with university terminology. We will also discuss current trends in the labour market across the city and county.

Learning outcomes: 1, 2, 4, 6

Gatsby benchmarks: 2, 7

Delivery method: In school or online

Book your 'Why go to university?' workshop or assembly

Date: Negotiable

Year group: 9

Location: In school

Length of session: 1 hour

Description: This engaging classroom workshop helps students to identify their skills, consider potential careers and explore progression routes.

Learning outcome: 2, 3, 5

Gatsby benchmark: 2, 7

Delivery method: In school or online

Book your 'Progression Pathways' workshop

Teachers conversing

Students have gained a general idea of what's to come over the next years of their education.

Teacher, St John Houghton CVA
Y9 Progression Pathways
Two students writing in classroom.

I have learnt how to speak confidently and gain confidence in presenting work to other people.

Student, Shirebrook Academy
Y9 Progression Pathways
Three students in a classroom discussing a piece of writing.

Book an activity

Our on-campus, in-school, and virtual activities provide key information about higher education and alternative progression routes. They have been designed to support attainment and help people make an informed decisions regarding their future.

Email wateam@derby.ac.uk to book an activity.Email wateam@derby.ac.uk to book an activity.