Enterprising students at high school
Berwick Academy Year 9 students were incredibly busy in the final week of term as they took part in a series of activities for Enterprise Week.
The creative arts team produced a short film entitled The Haunting.
They focused on creating dramatic tension through acting performance, music and sound effects, camera angles and technical editing. This task built on skills which the Year 9s have been working on in drama lessons this term.
Over the course of the day, they also learnt about other production skills, such as location scouting, photography/filming, storyboarding/scanning and music studio work.
Aspiring writers started the day with a brief from a publishing house to create a Gothic teen fiction pop-up book set in Berwick. The students were encouraged to think about how readers are engaged by learning about characterisation, setting and narrative arcs. They then each planned and drafted a Gothic narrative and created their own pop-up books, set in Berwick.
Another group of students spent the day baking an afternoon tea for staff. Teachers were asked for their orders, and then students prepared the food by working to a budget and deadline.
Other students designed and made trebuchets. They first analysed historical designs and then used the ideas to create a prototype. These prototypes were put to the test by firing ping pong balls at a wooden castle.
Science students tried to devise a way to protect an egg from cracking when dropped from a significant height. Many different solutions were created using theories of force, gravity, impact and crumple zones – from parachutes to protective bubbles.