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.
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)
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.