Gifted and Talented 'one of the best days!'

“I've enjoyed so so much. It's been really fun and challenging."

Armani Hammond, Smallthorne Primary Academy

Youngsters attending an activity day hosted by Staffordshire University and Port Vale Football Club have called it 'one of the best days!'.

150 Year 5 pupils from local primary schools attended the Gifted and Talented Day, now in its fourth year, at Port Vale football ground and took part in a range of workshops led by Staffordshire University lecturers, students and local businesses.

Armani Hammond, from Smallthorne Primary Academy, said: “I've enjoyed so so much. It's been really fun and challenging.

“Suppose you don't know what you want to do when you're older. If you came to one of these days then I think you would go out of the door with a good idea of what you want to do.”

Classmate Ayisha Sabaa added: “I really do think that I've enjoyed it - it's been one of the best days! I feel like this education is really going to help us improve our lives.”

The children tried out fingerprint analysis in a Forensic Science workshop, learned about Raspeberry Pi with Computing experts and took part in a sports session with the Port Vale Foundation.

The day also included an Engineering workshop building model cars with KMF, a session on data protection with Synectics and pottery activities with Staffordshire Creamware and Dudson.

Samantha Nuttall, Development Officer at Staffordshire University, said: “These workshops are all about raising aspirations. Many of the children local to this area have never really thought about university and they won't have thought about different job roles that they can go into.

“This event is about finding different ways to make it fun for them, making it a path that they want to go down and giving them a few different options that they might not have thought of.”

New activities this year included workshops on Stoke-on-Trent's City of Culture bid, Journalism and Cartoon & Comic Arts. Several Port Vale footballers joined in the fun including left-back Adam Yates, a Staffordshire University graduate.

He said: “I think that it opens the children's minds. Sometimes they don't realise that there are other opportunities out there that they might enjoy. They're going to be given some ideas and potentially they will move onto uni and do a degree that they're interested in.”


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