In June 2018, Miss Cotter accompanied a group of able humanities students to Liverpool University as part of the school’s programme of university visits.
This was an outstanding learning and enrichment opportunity for the students. It helped them in the process of thinking seriously about life after Ridgeway and how they might maximise their potential.
In June, I took a group of fifteen Year 9 and Year 10 students to Liverpool University as part of our partnership scheme. This was another in a series of events aimed at introducing students to aspects of university life. Today’s focus was humanities.
We began with a history seminar on the ‘cold war’ of the post-Second World War years. In this session, students examined sources from different points of view to form their own opinion about whether the USA was right to fight in Vietnam.
Next up was a subject new to them – sociology. The focus here was gender: their task was to complete a profile of a typical male and female – names, outfits, jobs and general everyday activities. The purpose was to educate the students about the difference between gender and sex. It was interesting to see that, compared to the female students, the male students held rather more stereotypical ideas!
After the seminars were finished, two current Liverpool students – second years – explained to us the type of skills a young person needs in order to succeed at university and how these can be nurtured in school. We were given a campus tour, complete with lots of fascinating facts. Did you know, for example, that Liverpool University was involved in making the fastest sled at the recent Winter Olympics?