Rotherham pupils chill out and have fun as a reward for their SATs

Rotherham pupils hit the slopes and let their hair down as a reward for their hard work in their SATs exams when they were whisked off on a trip to a ski centre.

Listerdale Junior Academy pupil Meredith Davidson, 11, was one of 29 pupils who went skiing as a reward for working hard at her SATs exams. Penguin PR: public relations, social media and communications

Twenty-nine Year Six pupils from Listerdale Junior Academy spent the day learning how to ski and sliding through tunnels on large inflatable rings when they visited the Chill Factore ski slope in Manchester last Monday.

Just seven days earlier, they had all been sitting down to begin their first SATs exam, having spent the previous months swotting up on their Maths and English to get them ready for the big day.

A week later and the worry and tension was forgotten, as the school treated them to a day out, where the only test was one of balance and trying to avoid falling face-first into the snow.

Beki Malton, vice principal at Listerdale Junior Academy, in Beech Avenue, said that there were still plenty of opportunities for the pupils to learn during their day out, with challenges designed to teach them about teamwork and communication, but the general theme of the day was pure, unadulterated fun.

She said: “Our Year Six group have worked extremely hard at their SATs and they thoroughly deserved their day out.

“When everyone was doing the tubing, all you could hear was giggles and laughter, which was wonderful to hear. We’re so proud of the way they approached their SATs with the right attitude, so this was a perfect reward for them.”


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