Pupils prepare for secondary school at Stratford’s Discover Story Centre

07:00 30 August 2013

Students on the Discover Story Centre summer school programme visiting the London Eye.

Students on the Discover Story Centre summer school programme visiting the London Eye.

© Tim Mitchell, 2013

Youngsters prepared for starting secondary school this year by brushing up on their literacy skills at a unique summer programme.

Discover Story Centre, in High Street, Stratford, has been busy running a summer school for 58 Year Six children from 36 Newham primary schools.

Children were given the opportunity to polish up their literacy, reading and writing skills with over four weeks which were jam-packed with exciting activities to set their imaginations on fire.

Sally Goldsworthy, Discover’s chief executive, said: “This has been a great opportunity to reach children at a very important stage of their educational and social development.

“This summer school has inspired confidence in children that will carry them through to their first term at secondary school.”

The classes were run from Lister Community School in St Mary’s Road, Plaistow.

The children also got to work with poets, published authors, a West Ham football coach, and they went out on day trips to watch a performance of a West End show.

Discover even chartered their own London Routemaster bus to take the children on visits around tourist sites in London.

The events were designed to be fun and engaging to motivate the children to be curious about their surroundings.

When they returned from the trips, they were asked to express their thoughts creatively by writing stories and poems about their experiences and they even got to performn their own shadow puppet show about their adventures.

All of the summer school projects contributed towards the pupils’ Bronze Arts Award, a Level One national qualification, run by Trinity College London and Arts Council England.

The project which is funded and evaluated by the Education Endowment Foundation is designed to improve literacy for children on the cusp of attending secondary school.


Latest News Stories

16 minutes ago
London Ambulance Service has been recommended for special measures following a CQC report

A London ambulance chief has downplayed fears that the service isn’t ready for a major terrorist attack following a scathing report by health inspectors yesterday.

London Ambulance Service
A new neighbourhood development in Canning Town will bring 3,500 homes to the area. Picture: City Hall

A new neighbourhood is set to be created with 3,500 homes, a school and a park on the site of a disused mail depot in Canning Town.

Boris Johnson
Two RAF Tornado GR4 jets                           Photo: David Jones/PA Images

In light of mass killings in Paris, Sousse, Beirut and elsewhere by agents of so-called Islamic State, David Cameron told Parliament yesterday that he wanted British forces to take action in Syria to “make us safer”.

David Cameron
Officers are appealing for help in identifying a man after a woman was sexually assaulted on a bus heading to Stratford

Officers are appealing to the public for help identifying a man after a 20-year-old woman was sexually assaulted on a bus.

Most read news


Section Boys, Big Tipper, Big Narstie, Lady Leshurr, Trapstar, and UFest street team members

We’ve got 10 pairs of tickets to give away to watch some of the country’s best and brightest urban music talent at UFest, London’s official youth festival.

Read more
MAC Makeup

MAC are renowned for their flawless, fabulous make up that is used worldwide by the stars. You too can have the chance to have the perfect makeup to suit your needs with £1,000 to spend on all the glam goodies you like!

Read more

You are never far from an Argos, wherever in the country you may be. They are like a magical cavern where whatever you need they seem to have it out the back behind the counter. So why not put them to the test with this great MyOffers competition to win £1000 to spend in-store.

Read more

Digital Edition

Read the Newham Recorder e-edition today E-edition
Family Notices 24

Local business directory

Our trusted business finder