Student Workshops

AST has been delivering a wide range of student workshops since 1995. We are proud of the unique programme of activities that we can offer your students. All of our workshops focus on developing the key skills needed for your curriculum area, through a range of tasks and activities designed to cover the full spectrum of preferred learning styles. Students engage in motivating, involved tasks that stretch their curriculum knowledge and their personal skills. The content of tasks is developed to compliment your schemes of work and extends across a range of areas. Students are audited before the workshop using the EnCompass Learning Profile System, so that tasks may be directed to the relevant preferred learning styles of the students involved.

AST Student Workshops benefit from a high staff to pupil ratio (typically 1:20) and students are challenged to organise their work and develop extended problem solving strategies. Each session begins with brain-based "warm-up" activities and students are encouraged to reflect upon their learning and consider further avenues for development.

Our workshops are designed to be as flexible as possible: they can be delivered during or after the school day, as well as at weekends and during school holidays. Workshops can last from 2-6 hours, depending on the course content and needs of the school. Longer workshops can be delivered over a number of sessions if desired (particularly effective for extended/creative writing and study skills workshops).

All students complete a skill and knowledge audit before and after the project to monitor the effectiveness of their learning. Students also complete a logbook detailing the different activities attempted. The logbook contains useful follow-up tasks and ideas for further development that are ideal for independent use or as extension work in class. Students may bring Key Skills passports/NRA folders to record further evidence of learning activities

The following are some of our most popular workshops. Please contact us at workshops@ast-workshops.co.uk to discuss your own ideas for workshops. This information on Student Workshops is also available in pdf format for easy printing.

English
All of our workshops aim to develop key literacy skills. Workshops in the GaT and History categories should also be considered.
KS3 and 4 : Extended Writing (factual accounts/narratives/articles/reports)
KS3 and 4 : Creative Writing (short stories/poetry/descriptive writing)
KS3 and 4 : Exploring Mythology (choose from Greek, Norse, Celtic, Aboriginal)
KS3 and 4 : Speaking and Listening (developing aural skills, presentations, debating)
KS3 only : Year 7 Progress Units and Catch-up programmes (phonics, spelling, paragraph construction)

Maths
KS3 and 4 : The Ancient Greeks (history and theories of important Greek mathematicians)
KS3 and 4 : Babbage and beyond (maths in computing, fractals, compression, cryptography)

Science
KS3 and 4 : Turning Points (investigations into key scientists, Newton, Pasteur, Curie)
KS4 only : Dilemmas (investigations into the morality of science: weapons, cloning etc)

ICT
KS3 and 4 : Web Design (building and maintaing a fully-functional website)
KS3 and 4 : Control (use of robotics and simulations)
KS3 and 4 : Computer Programming (design and build a computer game)
KS3 and 4 : 3D Modelling (build your own 3D world)
KS4 only : Alternate Solutions (different Operating Systems, computing platforms)

Technology
KS3 and 4 : Robot Wars Challenge (introduction to robotics and control)
KS3 and 4 : Fairground Attractions (design and build a roller-coaster ride)
KS3 and 4: Play the Game (design and build a board game)

Art and Design
KS3 and 4 : Computer Graphics (scanning, digitising, graphic tablets, digital compositions, 3D modelling)

Modern Foreign Languages (French/German)
KS3 and 4 : Developing Reading Skills (Skimming, scanning, cognates, reading strategies)
KS3 and 4 : Developing Writing Skills (paragraph construction, exploiting tenses, drafting)
KS3 and 4 : Developing Listening and Speaking Skills (listening for gist and detail, presentations)
KS3 and 4 : Reality Check (MFL in the world of work)

Business Studies
KS3 only : Kidling Cakes (business simulation)
KS4 only : My Country (international business simulation)
KS3 and 4 : EuroFile (introduction to the benefits and drawbacks of the European Union)

History
KS3 and 4 : Plague (investigation into epidemics that changed history)
KS3 and 4 : The Real William the Conqueror (How the Normans influenced the history of England)
KS3 and 4 : Vlad the Impaler (the real count Dracula)
KS3 and 4 : Witchfinder General (the stopry of Mathew Hopkins)
KS3 and 4 : WMD (investigating the background to the war agasinst Iraq)

Gifted and Talented Student Workshops
All of our workshops can be differentiated for the more able student. In addition, AST ofers the following specific activities designed to challenge and enthuse your students.
KS3 and 4: Heroes and Villains (What makes a hero or villain? Are they different?)
KS3 and 4 : Word Power (improving vocabulary)
KS3 and 4 : Learning Skills (investigation and revision techniques)
KS3 and 4 : Codebreakers (investigation into codes, spies and secrets)

Learning Skills
The following workshops are designed to develop key thinking and revision skills and help stuents prepare for public examinations. They are particularly suitable for Year 9 and 11 students.
KS3 and 4 : It's a Goal! (Target setting, planning and preparation)
KS3 and 4 : All in the Mind (Mind Mapping, improving memory skills, brain exercises)
KS3 and 4 : Tell Us A Story (imaginative use of narrative stories to learn key points)

Two Day Workshops
KS3 and 4 : Press Pack (newspaper production)
KS3 and 4 : Fizz (magazine production)
KS3 only : The Aliens Have Landed! (investigation skills, problem solving)


A typical full-day workshop session would run as follows:

Session 1
8.30 : Student registration and introduction
8.45 : Brain gym warm-up activity
9.00 : Project Aims and Objectives, student planning (whole group and pair work)
9.30 : Research activity (group or pair work)
10.30 : Session 1 Plenary and reflection (whole group and pair work)
10.45 : Break

Session 2
11.00 : Brain gym warm-up
11.15 : Practice activity - develop research/apply in familiar situation
12.30 : Session 2 plenary and reflection
12.45 : Open Lunch (students may continue with learning activities)

Session 3
1.30 : Brain gym warm-up
1.45 : Production activity - apply knowledge/skills in new situations/contexts
3.00 : Reflective activity - prepare presentations
4.00 : Plenary - deliver presentations
4.30 : End of Workshop

Please contact us at workshops@ast-workshops.co.uk to discuss your own ideas for workshops.





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