It All Adds up at Albany

High Achieving students from Withnell Fold, Rivington and Highfield Primary have been challenging themselves at Albany Academy this term. Twenty-two students from the three local primary schools have been attending a Level 6 Maths workshop to prepare them for their upcoming SAT’s examinations.

The workshop held over two weeks saw students being challenged in a wide range of maths problems with the aim of sharpening their numeracy skills. The students were guided through these problems by Albany Academy mentors from Year 7 and 10 and activities included problem solving skills, fractions, decimals, percentages, division of fractions and averages.

The workshops and booster question pack provided will prepare students for the type of questions they should expect to encounter during their upcoming SAT’s Examinations and the students feedback highlighted just how much this had helped them. One student from Withnell Fold Primary said, “It was so fun, I learnt lots of new things.” Students also commented on how much the workshop had challenged them by stating “Some of the activities were really challenging but I enjoyed them. The mentors were really good as well.”

The primary schools really impressed the mentors saying, “I enjoyed working with the younger students and found it interesting to see how they tackled some of the difficult problems.” Staff from Highfield Primary commented that the workshops “gave the students a taste of high school and the types of challenges they may encounter. It really helped to extend their thinking.”

Ashlae Joynt, Maths teacher at Albany Academy who coordinated the workshop, said, “It was a real pleasure to lead the workshop. All the students were fully engaged in the activities with help from our fantastic Year 7 and 10 mentors. All the students managed to apply the skills they learnt to tackle the challenging activities.”