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Upper Sixth Childcare and Education students from Richard Huish College recently collaborated with Richard Huish Trust member, Nerrols Primary School to put on a day full of activities for Year 1 pupils of the school.

The day was planned entirely by the Huish students who worked in pairs to prepare and lead four activities: cake decorating, gingerbread men decorating, a slime workshop and a parachute activity. They also raised money for MacMillan Cancer Support through the event by asking parents of the Year 1 class to donate £1 for their child to take part with the children being able to take home their creations at the end of the day. The opportunity to lead such an event was particularly special for many of the students who aspire to progress into careers in primary school teaching. The experiences from the day will be incredibly valuable for all involved and both the Huish students and Nerrols pupils are eager for a second event.

Gemma Lyons, Childcare and Education Teacher at Huish spoke on the day saying “The MacMillan activity morning was a great success. My students were in their element and I couldn’t be prouder of them. Their use of initiative to fill gaps when needed was great. They carried out more than the planned activities and really captured the attention of the class and worked well to engage all the children. They did a fantastic job and I couldn’t be prouder. It was clear to see that the little ones were having a great time”

Nerrols’ Year 1 Teacher, Adam Parkes expressed his delight for how the day panned out saying “Today was fantastic! The Huish students were amazing at organising and delivering the activities – the pupils of Willow class (Year 1 at Nerrols) loved it and couldn’t wait to tell their parents/carers all about it at home time, plus we raised over £40!”