What you will do and when!
You will be able to take part in the Explore University project when you reach Y5 at school. You won't be doing anything with us until October, so you will already be 1 month in to your Y5 work. Here's a timeline covering the TWO YEARS you'll spend with us and what you will be doing when and where... let the fun and learning begin...
You will be either 9 or 10 years old in Y5 at school and during one day in December your local university will pay you a visit at your school and guess what, you won't have normal school lessons during this time. Instead, the university will tell you all about themselves and will lead some fun class activities to get you really learning about universities and what's to come in the project... it is highly likely that you'll get to play with Lego during our visit!
Just a few months after we visit your school, you will get to spend a whole day at a university! You will get to go on a coach, which will take you to a university close to your school. Once you arrive at the University you'll have a fun packed day ahead of you including looking around the campus, taking part in fun activities and learning all about the courses the university offers. At around 2pm you will get back on the coach and head back to your school ready to go home and to tell everyone all about your amazing trip out... be careful not to make them too jealous!
I'm afraid after your fun day with us in February you won't be seeing us until you reach Y6 at school. This will mean you are now either 10 or 11 years old! It may seem quite a long time to wait, but it's well worth it! In January time we will come in to your school again for another half day of fun and learning. This time, because you will now know what a university is, we will be talking to you about how you can afford University, looking at all the things you need to pay for and how to budget your money.
You'll wait a few more months until you see us next, and you'll nearly be ready to leave primary school to go to secondary school! Don't worry about the wait however, because this is the SUPER FUN PART of the project. You will get to go on that coach again, which will take you to your local University. You will be spending not only the day here, but you will get a sit down meal for lunch time and will take part in activities that teach you about the courses that the university offers. You will then have a graduation ceremony, graduating from 'Explore University' with a certificate. You'll get to wear one of those funny hats called a mortar board... give it a google :-)