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A day at DUTC.

Day in the Life

Each day at the Doncaster UTC will be varied and exciting, a chance to meet and make new friends. The following is just a typical day of learning.

Monday - 8:30 - 4:30
Tuesday - 8:30 - 4:30
Wednesday - 8:30 - 2:25
Thursday - 8:30 - 4:30
Friday - 8:30 - 1:10

Morning clubs and meetings are happening for students involved in projects so I stop off at the school dining area to grab a drink and something for breakfast.

Registration time and a chance to plan for some of the project work we are doing, reviewing our CVs, and preparing for work placements or interviews.  Useful time to prep for the day.

Lesson 1 is maths.  We’re halfway through a term-long project related to the rail industry.  Today’s maths lesson is focussing on calculations which we will use in the project relating to signalling.

Lesson 2 English now.  Today’s lesson is working on a brief to support a project we are doing with Polypipe.  It’s been very useful to see how our way of writing can have such a different outcome.

10:45 Break.
Today is a nice day so I am going to spend some time outside preparing for the afternoon.  Doncaster UTC has a ‘bring your own device’ policy which means we can use our devices anywhere.

Lesson 3 is design and media. Chance to start the process of designing our project. We have completed all of the theory and planning; now it’s time to start producing. The design and media space is great for this as we have access to fantastic kit and equipment.

It doesn’t feel like a school canteen.  It’s a professional space where we can relax and catch up. I am really looking forward to Year 12 when I am in Key Stage 5 so I can use the post-16 space! 

11:55 - 13:30  Lesson 4 and staggered lunch breaks

Lesson 5 is Engineering Manufacturing.  We are looking at computer-aided manufacturing.  We are using CAD to draw a product against a brief we have been given.  It’s good to see the link between designing and production. (On a Wednesday students will finish after this lesson at 14:25)

14:25 Break

Lesson 6 is Enrichment as I am in year 9, however next year this will be my GCSE option subject lesson.  

15:35 - 16:30
Lesson 7 -  as the UTC stays open longer we have a visit booked to Agemaspark to look at how they precision engineer products.  In years 10 and 11 this will become my GCSE subject option time.

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