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Derby Moor Sixth Form Students Help to Inspire Infant School Girls

This half term Miss Bates and six sixth form students have been working with twenty year 2 girls from Ridgeway Infant School. The sixth form students have been planning and delivering sessions which are around the topic of light.

The sessions which were part of our on-going work with our trust primary schools were aimed at using positive female role models to raise the aspiration and enjoyment of science for infant school girls.

 Miss C Coburn, Science Leader at Ridgeway said:

I would just like to take this opportunity to say a huge thank you to Rachael and the girls for providing the very motivating, inspiring and exciting club. Throughout the five after school sessions the sixth form girls were very professional, passionate and confident when delivering the various science  activities for the year 2's and were definitely inspirational positive female role models for our girls.

 The students at Ridgeway thoroughly enjoyed the sessions with one of them even describing it as the "BEST CLUB EVER!"

‘I liked the six form girls running the club instead of the teachers because they are more fun.’


 ‘I’ve learnt that shadows is a light shining at an object and then it makes a shadow because it blocks the light’

The parents were equally as pleased with the sessions

I am very pleased that my daughter got a chance to go to this particular club indeed. She very much enjoyed doing the experiments and learning about lots of different science techniques. She has spoken a lot about mixing potions and what is transparent and what light is. She would like to be a scientist in the future. Many thanks for this opportunity.’ said one parent

The sessions benefited not only the girls at Ridgeway, but also our own students who all felt that they had developed their organisational, leadership, time management and communication skills and had all gained in confidence.

We are hoping that this is only the start of an on-going partnership and the two teachers are already in talks about setting up a similar club in the Summer.

There is currently a shortage of new graduates in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). Currently only 6% of the Engineering workforce in the UK is made up of women. Anything both schools can do to encourage more girls enjoyment of science and interest in careers in STEM has to be positive for everyone.