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Students have their ‘first taste’ of what Geography has to offer at Cadbury World in Bournville


Year 7 students from the University Academy Kidsgrove (UAK) had their ‘first taste’ of what Geography has to offer as they plunged into a virtual bowl of liquid Dairy Milk and took to the skies at the enchanting Cadbury’s World in Bournville.

The Year 7 Learning Programme explores different types of businesses and how they make a profit. This culminates in students coming up with their very own business plan, and what better way to be inspired than by visiting a multi-national confectionery company?

Upon arrival, students were ‘whisked’ away to the museum’s renowned 4D cinema experience. Students were then ‘dipped’ into a virtual bowl of liquid Cadbury Dairy Milk, before riding the Crunchie Rollercoaster, and then taking to the skies in a Cadbury Creme Egg airship, piloted by the Caramel Bunny.

Cadbury World offers a unique experience that gives a fascinating insight into the rich heritage of the famous chocolate brand. The museum offers a number of attractions and interactive experiences including: the demonstration and manufacturing of popular Cadbury products; an advertising avenue, exploring the marketing history of the company’s popular brands; the origins of the cocoa bean, which is set deep in an ancient tropical rainforest, and a visit to Purple Planet, a state of the art interactive experience for students to enjoy a world of digital delights.

Students then travelled back in time to the museum’s recreation of the Victorian Bull Street where they ‘met’ with Quaker entrepreneur, John Cadbury, to explore how the business began over 200 years ago.

The Cadbury manufacturing business was born in 1831, when John Cadbury decided to start producing on a commercial scale and bought a four-storey warehouse. By 1842, John Cadbury was selling no fewer than 16 varieties of drinking chocolate and 11 different cocoas. Then, in 1847, the Cadbury brothers’ booming business moved into a new, larger factory in the centre of Birmingham. John Cadbury not only built the factory but the whole of the Bournville Village; complete with houses, sports centres, hospitals, schools, shops and churches.

Students watch War Horse at Nottingham Theatre Royal


On Wednesday, March 28, Year 8 English students from University Academy Kidsgrove (UAK) visited the Royal Concert Hall in Nottingham to witness the West-End hit theatre production of War Horse.

War Horse is an unforgettable theatrical event which takes audiences on an extraordinary journey from the fields of rural Devon to the trenches of First World War France. The play is based on the celebrated novel by the Children’s Laureate (2003-05) Michael Morpurgo.

Performed by the National Theatre, War Horse tells the story of Albert and his beloved horse Joey, who live on a farm in the British countryside. At the outbreak of World War I, Albert and Joey are forcibly parted when Albert’s father sells the horse to the British cavalry. Against the backdrop of the Great War, Joey begins an odyssey full of danger, joy and sorrow, and he transforms everyone he meets along the way. Meanwhile Albert, unable to forget his equine friend, searches the battlefields of France to find Joey and bring him home.

Alfie P, Year 8 student said: “It was amazing, the acting was really good and the horses were so real!”

Miss Boon, English Teacher said: “The performance itself was incredible! Everyone agreed that throughout the whole performance they kept forgetting that Joey was in fact a puppet, and not a real horse. All in all, the trip was a great success, so here’s to many more!”

‘The Great Kickroo’ coming soon to Clough Hall Park

Over the past four months, a group of Year 10 students at University Academy Kidsgrove (UAK) have been working with the Stoke-on-Trent arts programme ‘Appetite’ to create their very own cultural event for the local community.

Part of the Appetite Cultural Academy, which is delivered in partnership with Newcastle Borough Council and funded by the Staffordshire Police and Crime Commissioner, the project has seen the group take part in a series of workshops with mentors from Appetite exploring everything from envisioning an event and raising funds to programming performances and learning how to market it.

Now the group are beginning to plan their very own event, ‘The Great Kickroo’, inspired by an old word for Kidsgrove, which they plan to take place in Clough Hall Park on Saturday 14 July.

Aimed at Kidsgrove families and celebrating the history of Clough Hall as a Victorian entertainment venue, ‘The Great Kickroo’ will feature an exciting lineup of live music, circus performances, workshops, food stalls and rides.

More details about the programme will be announced soon.

Primary pupils get creative with University Academy Kidsgrove

Throughout the term, students at University Academy Kidsgrove (UAK) welcomed Year 5 pupils from University Primary Academy Kidsgrove (UPAK) to get creative and experience high school learning.


Every fortnight, Year 5 pupils work with the Art department to produce artwork based on the topics they are currently studying in primary school. Pupils have been learning new skills and techniques in painting and colour mixing. The children have been exploring the theme of the ‘Rainforest’ and produced their work the style of Brita Lynn Thompson.

Mrs S Bailey, Teacher of Art said: “I have got to know the Year 5 pupils and found them to be very creative. They can describe their work and that made by others. We have tried colour mixing using paint with the pupils creating rainforest leaves. We have also looked at the detailed work of Brita Lynn Thompson and designed toucans in her style.”


Owen, pupil at UPAK said: “We have been doing Art at UAK making designs in the style of Brita Lynn Thompson. We are designing a toucan because these are found in the rainforest which we have been looking at school.”

Lucas, Year 5 pupil at UPAK said: “We had a toucan drawing and inside them we put Brita Lynn Thompson’s details such as spirals, checker board and cross hatching.”

James, year 5 pupils also said: “We had to draw spirals and flowers in our toucan and then go over it with pen.”

Young Artists from UAK visit Liverpool Museums

Young artists from University Academy Kidsgrove (UAK) visited Liverpool’s Walker Art Gallery and Tate Liverpool to introduce them to valuable resources, research and learning experiences available to them outside of the classroom.

Educational trips and visits to museums and art galleries provide students with the chance to experience unique learning opportunities outside of the classroom and develop their subject-specific content.

The Walker Art Gallery is home to renaissance masterpieces, Tudor portraits and some of the best collections of Victorian and Pre-Raphaelite art in the country. The gallery features artwork from medieval and renaissance, 17th to 19th century art, sculptures, British Art, Modern and Contemporary art.

Tate Liverpool is home of British and international modern and contemporary art in the North. Its mission is to increase the public’s enjoyment and understanding of British art from the 16th century to the present day and of international modern and contemporary art.

Year 10 students were introduced to the galleries through an information booklet that guided them to different rooms of the museum. Students were then tasked to source specific works of art throughout both museums and form their personal opinions about a range of paintings, sculptures and pottery.

Mrs. S Bailey, Teacher of Art at UAK said: “The students had the opportunity to view a range of paintings, sculpture, furniture and ceramics to enable them to start to form their own opinions. It was great for the pupils to see these in real life and not just as images on the computer or in a book. I had some really interesting conversations with the students about the work they saw.”

Todd G, Year 10 student said: “I preferred the Walker Art Gallery as it had more wildlife based Art, and the pictures were more detailed and traditional.”

Molly A, Year 10 student also added: “I liked the Tate at the Albert Dock because there was a lot of Pop Art.”

Students ‘gear up’ with KMF Engineering Group to manufacture their own electrical powered race car

KMF Engineering Group has worked closely with students at University Academy Kidsgrove (UAK) to promote the exciting opportunities available to young people if they choose to enter a career in Engineering and Technology.

On Wednesday, March 14, students visited the grounds at Newcastle Football Club where they were prepared for a challenging day of tasks and tests.

The young engineers took part in the first ‘test run’ for their green car project. The project aims to enable students to develop their STEM skills through the application of Design Technology and Engineering.

Eleven students from Year 10 have been working on building the car since October 2017 and they regularly work during their lunch break and after school to complete the build.


The test run allowed students to calibrate and rectify any potential issues with the vehicle before the big race day in July. The test race also gave the students an opportunity to observe their competitor’s vehicles and the materials they have used. During the test run the students noticed a steering malfunction and were able to resolve the problem before the race day.

The project has given students a chance to work together in teams, through the excitement of motorsport and STEM. Students have taken an active role in team discussions and have taken the responsibility for driving, mechanics, design and marketing for the project.

KMF aims to capture the imagination of our young people and fire their enthusiasm towards careers in a STEM-related subjects or apprenticeships. KMF is the market leader in the supply of precision sheet metal fabrication and engineering solutions. The KMF Engineering Group is committed to Quality, Investment and Innovation and to providing contract metal manufacturing solutions across a diverse range of industry sectors.


Mr J Twigg, Teacher of Technology, said: “The day went really well and it has been great for the students to work as a team together.”

Jude Green, Year 10 student said: “I had an amazing day out with the rest of the KMF team. I had never driven the car before today and getting to have a go was great fun.”

Students will race their vehicle on Wednesday 18th July.