Helping pupils with exams is not a bridge too far for Highbury College students

From left, University Technical College students Poppy Rose, Madison Waugh and Ryan Lester

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COLLEGE students have been literally building bridges to help primary school pupils with their learning.

A series of workshops have been run by students at Highbury College in Cosham so pupils at the nearby Highbury Primary School can better prepare for their SATs exams.

As part of the sessions, pupils learnt binary code using Lego robots, created a mini marketing campaign, built a bridge and used a programming tool called Scratch to create an animation and basic computer game.

David Roberts, 19, taught the bridge building session. He said: ‘The session went really well and the pupils enjoyed it, which was important to me.’

In the mini-marketing sessions pupils improved their literacy skills.

They learnt how companies write mission statements and use persuasive language to encourage customers to buy.

The pupils then put what they had learnt into practice by writing a mission statement for a company of their choice.

Highbury College has recently joined The News’ Read All About It campaign to help improve literacy in Portsmouth.

Dominic Thompson, business lecturer at Highbury College, said: ‘The activities were perfectly led by the Highbury students.

‘They delivered engaging, thought-provoking sessions for the primary school pupils, who were impeccably behaved.’