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 Schools 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.
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.
Alongside all of this, the school is working with local business, Ron Skinner & Sons, to build a kit car in which they plan to race in the near future.
Expressing his enthusiasm for project ‘OverDrive’, Finley Wilson who is a student at Deighton Primary school said: “The project is phenomenal opportunity for us to learn about The Circuit of Wales, through activities we enjoy doing in school!”.
Commenting on the success of the project, Hayley Kaya, Year 6 Teacher at Deighton Primary, said: “This project is the perfect mix of elements that captures and retains the interest of the year six pupils whilst still increasing their level of writing. The project puts into practice the theory of learning whilst doing.
“What started as a bid to increase the standard of boy’s writing, which has become a national priority, has led to a project that has engaged the entire class. The support shown by both the University and The Circuit of Wales team has been excellent and has really helped bring the project to life.”
Students from Cardiff Metropolitan have visited Deighton Primary to help pupils design tracks for their race cars along with several other components, such as, characters, classic cars and a prototype of a game. To help pupils gain a deeper understanding of the project, members of The Circuit of Wales team presented to the year six children, showcasing the designs for the future circuit and provided answers to the pupils’ questions.
Jonathan Jones, Head of Training and Recruitment at The Circuit of Wales, said: “It’s great that our development has been able to inspire project ‘OverDrive’ and it has been a pleasure to witness first-hand the enthusiasm shown by the pupils. They really know the project and have a very thorough understanding which is testament to their teachers and the research undertaken.
“The input and commitment demonstrated by students at Cardiff Metropolitan University has been invaluable and I think both students and school pupils have got an enormous amount out of the project. We will continue to liaise closely with Deighton Primary School to provide as much support as possible and look forward to showcasing some of the end results on The Circuit of Wales website.”