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To broaden the learning experience and environment for pupils during this period of remote learning, we are running a number of ‘drop down days’ and one-off events for them to engage with.

On Monday, it was the turn of Year 9. They spent much of the morning watching presentations on aspects of local history created by members of the History Department and our own local history guru, the archivist Mr Sadden. The content included Portsmouth’s literary past, the defence of the realm and sport. After the presentations and some short quizzes, pupils had just over an hour to apply what they had learnt and come up with a ‘product’ that conveyed something of the historical significance of Portsmouth. It could be a podcast, something artistic or a straightforward essay; click here to listen to a podcast created by a team of pupils about the history of Portsmouth, or here to listen to pupils discussing Portsmouth’s literary history. Alternatively you can read an essay on Portsmouth’s historical significance by Alex in Year 9 if you click here.

King Edward VI School (KES) in Southampton are undertaking a similar project, with the three strongest entries from each school to be judged and ranked by the respective Heads, so we look forward to Dr Cotton adjudicating the KES entries, while Mr Parker from KES will be judging the PGS entries. The PGS ‘top three’ will be announced in due course.

In the afternoon the pupils moved from History to ‘Aspirations’ using the Morrisby profile aspirations questionnaire. They were asked questions based on their interests, GCSE options and personality, this then gave them feedback on potential A Level and career options based on their answers. This feedback data they can now take throughout their professional lives with unlimited access to the site and the opportunity to retake questionnaires to reflect their changing aspirations.