Truro School hosts Psychology themed Junior Challenge Day

Today, we welcomed 33 students from eight primary schools around the county to Truro School’s fifth Junior Challenge Day.

This year, it was focused around Psychology and the brain, challenging the pupils with a carousel of mind and memory games.

Pupils from St Mary’s C of E School, Mylor Bridge Community School, St Day and Carharrack Community School, St Agnes ACE Academy, Probus community Primary School, Grampound Road Village School, Mount Hawke Academy and Kea Community Primary School spent the day taking part in a variety of activities that were hosted with the help of Truro School Sixth Form Psychology students.

From memory games to puzzle solving and mirror drawings to illusions, students were learning how the mind can work in mysterious ways and ended the afternoon by building their own model of a human brain.

Matthew Collinge, a teacher from participating Mylor bridge School, said:

“The children absolutely loved it and have eagerly described their experience to their friends. It was a great opportunity for them to learn about aspects of Science and Psychology that they wouldn’t ordinarily have the chance to. They are eager to run a similar experience for the rest of the class, so hopefully that will run as smoothly!”

The day ended in a prize giving ceremony, in which pupils were presented with certificates and the top 3 teams were presented with medals. In a closely ranked competition, it was St Marys C of E School who took the top spot, taking home the Junior Challenge trophy for 2017, with St Agnes ACE Academy as runners-up.

Head of Psychology, Mrs Stone, said: “The pupils bubbled with enthusiasm and bravely took on the challenge of pronouncing lots of long words. They all wanted to take the pictures and info about the brain back to their schools to share what they’d learned. Our prefects were outstanding; they showed amazing leadership and rose to the challenge of teaching 33 ten-year-olds. I was incredibly proud of them.”

Previous Junior Challenge Days have seen us cover Art & DT and Science with numerous schools across the county, with each year hoping to focus on a different curriculum area.