Budding Scientists, Whizzy Maths and Spelling Bees !!

Maths Whiz Numeracy Provision

Blog 4.12.15 Maths Whiz

Maths Whiz is a programme used in the SEN Numeracy Provision and is really popular with the students.  Mr Penrice presents certificates to students who have made the most progress of the week.  All students taking part in the numeracy programme have made progress.   Maths Whiz can also be accessed from home, allowing parents to view the lesson.  The students pictured holding their certifiates with Mr Penrice are; Ciaran Cooper, Cameron Smith, Kelsey Batt, Jake Mitchell and Libby Finch.  Well done to all.


Spelling Bee

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This week here at Torquay Academy we held our first ever Spelling Bee. This was a competition where children were asked to spell a broad selection of words with a varying degree of difficulty.

A few months ago English teacher Katherine Tanner contacted local primary schools in the Bay about the event. Initially the schools were to run Mini Heats at their schools to get the numbers down to a small group of children to partake in the finals held here at Torquay Academy. The final 41 children attended with their parents, teachers and supporters from their classes, all with very excited faces!

Mr James Miller was the announcer for the spellings in the rounds and Katherine Tanner and Academy Trustee Mrs Anne Derbyshire were the judges for the rounds.

The rounds started with words that had been shared prior to the event so that the children could learn them at their mini heats and be prepared to spell them in the finals too. During the finals some of the children went out in the first round but the competition didn’t end until round 5! This was an exceptional achievement for the children as by this point we were using the BBC Hardspell list.

The young children that attended certainly did very well and by round 5 we found our finalist. The winning finalist was a Year 5 student, Trinity-Jade from White Rock School. Second place was shared between Charleigh Hagger from Cockington and Seren Wilson, from Shiphay. Charleigh also took the prize for being the highest ranking in Year 4.

The whole event was such a success and thoroughly enjoyed by all. All of the children involved should be very proud of themselves. A big thank you to all of the staff involved at all of the schools and a hug well done to all of the children in the final event.

 Budding Scientists in the Year 5 Visit

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Last Friday, Year 5 students from Torre Primary School  joined us and spent time in the Library with Mr Withers for Literacy.  They then went to our Science Department and did their own experiment by making rainbows.  This was done by dropping hydrochloric acid and sodium hydroxide followed by universal indicator onto filter paper, the resulting reaction caused rainbow like colours to appear on the filter paper.   Afterwards they watched in amazement as Miss King showed them how to get a boiled egg into a science flask with the assistance of heat.  This was followed by Miss King dropping a jelly baby into a heated soloution of potassium chlorate (an oxidising agent)  which as you can see caused a spectacular reaction.  Budding scientists in the making !!!


 Cheslea Beckons !!

Blog 4.12.15 Josh Nicol

A member of the Year 9 Torquay Academy Football Squad has been spotted by a Chelsea scout.   Josh Nicol who plays in goal,  has been invited up to Cobham in Surrey for a day’s trial with the Chelsea Youth Academy. This is a very exciting opportunity and I will keep you posted on his progress.


Year 9 Suffer Late Heart Ache

Last Friday the Year 9 football team traveled to Penryn in round 4 of the National Cup. The game was certainly challenging with extremely difficult weather conditions. TA started well creating numerous chances without capitalizing. However a lack of concentration from a Penryn corner saw TA fall behind. TA rallied increasing the tempo and soon got back on equal terms. TA had the wind in their favour in the second half however they could not take advantage of this and the game finished level at normal time. This meant extra time. The game was end to end with both sides going at each other trying to avoid the dreaded penalties. Unfortunately Penryn created a chance which saw them win the game in later stages. A great effort by the boys but on this occasion they came out second best.


6th Form Back to Winning Ways

The first eleven got back to winning ways with a comprehensive 3-0 win against Cornwall College in the National League. TA took a well deserved lead through striker Alex Constantinou after a great flick on from his strike partner Owen Stockton. Stockton then added two goals to his tally for the season with some cool finishing. TA 3-0 up at half time meant plenty of game time for all those involved in the squad however both sides were unable to trouble the scorers.

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Star Readers

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Star Reader Names : Libby Finch, Wiktoria Jarosz, Rhiannon Bratcher, Shannon Hayward, Alvin Ho, Eve Neale, Josh Poston, Finley Crook (not in order)

Students of the Week

Blog 4.12.15 Student of the week

Students of the week this week pictured with  Mrs Nimmo, Mrs Powell, Mr Fuller and Miss Gouldthorpe : Jack Jones, Zac Chalmers-Wood,  Tia Bonness-Lewis, Lennon Berryman, Connor Hurwood,