Last Updated: 18/11/2019, 11:22GMT

Want to know more about the Sky Academy Studios experience, here are some case studios to tell you more from the Teachers who came along on the trip

Colette Lambie is a primary seven class teacher at St Andrew’s Primary School, Airdrie, in Scotland.     

We’ve had two visits to Sky this year. For the first, we prioritised all the children who were receiving free school meals. The second visit was run as part of an after-school club. Children between Primary 5 and 7 could choose to come to the club, where they did some of the background preparations, and then we took them on the visit.

Preparing for the visit

The first group made a report about healthy lifestyles, which is a whole school focus for us, and the second group chose natural disasters. If the topic is linked to something they’re covering at school, you can prepare them for the experience more thoroughly. But the amount of preparation is really up to schools. When you get there, the staff are great at leading and directing the children, and they have a lot of resources to help them prepare their reports.

A spectacular start

As soon as we arrived, the Sky staff took over and the teachers were encouraged to take a back seat. Straight away, they command respect and the children just follow the structure of the day. To begin, we went into a cinema room with lighting and music. We then went into another room, which started off really dark and then we saw the studios lit up one by one. It created such an amazing atmosphere for the children, and immediately captivated them.

Making headlines

We would never be able to give the children that experience at school. We simply don’t have the experience or the technical expertise or the equipment. Even if we tried to put something like the news report together, it would take us weeks. So it’s just magical for the kids to go in the morning, write the report, edit it and film it, and then by the time they’ve had a snack, they can watch the finished film on a big screen.

A role for everyone

I really enjoyed the fact that we took children of all different abilities along and they all came away with a real a sense of achievement. There’s a role for everyone, no matter what their ability or interest.

The world of work

The whole visit opened the students’ eyes to the world of work and the wealth of different careers out there. Children might know about teachers and police officers, but they don’t see that there are jobs as camera operators or script writers. It really raised their aspirations. Now when they watch TV, they know that they could be part of that world if they wanted.

Developing skills

The emphasis on teamwork, and all pitching in together to create a finished product, is really beneficial. Working towards a deadline meant they had to negotiate and make compromises. There’s a big timer on in the room so that really helps them to focus.

The editing was useful as well. It was a good exercise in thinking about what was important and what they should take out. To do that under pressure was a challenge – and it gave them a real understanding of what goes into the news reports they see on TV.

Chrysalis Research

AUGUST 2019