The Circuit of Wales has provided the inspiration for a new initiative in Blaenau Gwent that has seen Deighton Primary School in Tredegar team up with Cardiff Metropolitan University in a bid to improve the standard of writing amongst boys and give pupils an outlet to demonstrate creativity.
Project ‘Overdrive’ which includes Cardiff Metropolitan’s School of Education, Art and Design and Computing, has given Deighton Primary School pupils the chance to fully embrace The Circuit of Wales project and show their creativity in several ways.
Expressing his enthusiasm for Project ‘Overdrive’, Finley Wilson who is a student at Deighton Primary school said: “the project is a phenomenal opportunity for us to learn about the Circuit of Wales, through activities we enjoy doing in school”.
The pupils have researched The Circuit of Wales, producing a news report on their findings, and visited the University to use a green room to animate cars they had designed back in school. They are also currently in the process of designing their own track, and creating a persuasive film trailer showcasing their views on The Circuit of Wales and how the project will affect them.
Yesterday, Deighton Primary showcased what they had achieved at Cardiff Metropolitan University. The teachers, alongside the pupils, explained how the project came about and the obstacles they had to overcome to complete the game and informational video.
Martin Whitaker, CEO of The Circuit of Wales, said: “It is truly inspiring to see what the youngsters at Deighton Primary School have achieved with Project Overdrive. With the ever changing digital and technological landscape, projects such as this are fundamental in ensuring the the next generation succeed. Thank you to Deighton Primary for inviting us to see the finished product.
“The Circuit of Wales is passionate about working with the education sector at all levels, to ensure students get a chance to learn different skills in a real setting, and I was delighted to see such passion and understanding from the pupils towards our development”.