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Our engagement with primary schools is particularly focused on working with schools where the majority of pupils have no family background of attending university.

Our work with primary schools is particularly focused on schools where the majority of pupils have no family background of attending university. As such we work hard to engage parents/carers in all our activity so that they can also be a part of the experience. We normally work with Year 5-6 in primary schools.

Typical outreach activity includes: 

  • Mini Goldclasses: short day visit to Goldsmiths’ campus (10am-2pm) including a ladders drama workshop (with Goldsmiths drama alumni), campus tour, lunch in our canteen, a mini academic masterclass/lecture. Parents/carers are also invited. Up to 45 students per visit.
  • Transition activity: as above but involving Year 7s from relevant secondary schools as well as visits to secondary schools to support primary school students with transition into secondary.
  • Student Ambassador support/placements in the classroom: our undergraduate and postgraduate students are employed by us to work in schools and colleges and to use their subject specialisms to support in a classroom or on specific projects. Student ambassadors can be on placement for up to six weeks, usually once a week. All ambassadors complete a DBS (formerly CRB check) before they work in schools.
  • Goldstars school visits: our fun new sessions for Year 5 and Year 6 pupils have been created to inspire children to achieve in the arts and humanities. All Goldstars sessions are FREE and 90 minutes long. Please see below for details.

Please email outreach@gold.ac.uk if you are interested in any of our primary school outreach activity.‌ 

 

Raising awareness of Higher Education in Primary Schools

Goldsmiths, your local university, is offering fun sessions for Year 5 and Year 6 pupils that have been created to inspire children to achieve in the arts and humanities. They are delivered by Goldsmiths' students, graduates and academics.

All Goldstars sessions are FREE and are 90 minutes long. For bookings, please email outreach@gold.ac.uk or call the Outreach team on 020 7717 3366.

Subject Activity Curriculum Links
Literacy  

Poetry Circus

Listen to poems. Imagine poems. Build the poem's characters. This poetry and craft session empowers children of all abilities.

Year 5/6 Comprehension, Writing and Composition
Media

Hedgehog Parade

Using stop frame animation software, your class make their own short film of their freshly created characters and will be impressed by the colourful results.

Cross-curricula QCA – Technology and the Media
History

History Detective

This object-handling session gives children the opportunity to find out more about their local history, using evidence to make their own decisions about the past.

Key processes: historical enquiry, using evidence and communicating about the past

Design

Adinkra Printing

Children will learn the history of this traditional West African fabric design and have the chance to make their own designs on a bag or t-shirt inspired by Adinkra.

Generate, develop, model and communicate ideas – pattern pieces

Drama

I shout and I hear

This performance skills session gives children a chance to write and perform while learning how to project and control their voices.

English (statutory) perform compositions
Music

Trumpet-tastic

What are trumpets? Who first made one? How can you make one? In this lively session children learn the origins of, the sounds of and "how to play" the mightly trumpet.

Understanding the history of music

Improvise and compose for a range of purposes

 

Video made by Year 6 pupils from Holy Trinity Primary School
Video made by pupils from Childeric Primary School

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