The Perse School
 

Cerebral courses

Courses to stretch the mind

Creative writing 101

Course code Week AM PM Full day Cost per week Places Age range
CW 2 Yes £160 14 12-14

Last remaining space available.

How many times have you started writing a novel only to give up after the first chapter? Are you keen to have a go at writing a short story but don’t really know where to begin? Would you like to just improve the quality of your writing and avoid many of the pitfalls which plague aspiring novelists around the world? If the answer to any of these questions is ‘Yes’, then this course is for you. Sessions will explore basics of plot structure, characters and description, in order to give you the confidence to write interesting creative pieces for a variety of purposes and audiences. Through a series of active and multimedia approaches, you’ll learn to develop your writing style and maybe even finish off that novel.

Tutor: Mr T. Bown

The amazing author

This course is now full.

Everyone loves a good story. Great creative writing has the power to take you to distant worlds, meet amazing characters and go on adventures you could only ever dream about. Sign up to this course to improve the quality of your writing and develop your understanding of plot, characters and descriptive language. By the end of the week, you will have produced a portfolio of ideas from the interactive, fun and engaging workshops and learnt how to amaze and entertain your readers.

Tutor: Mr T. Bown

Super science

 

This course is now full.

Do you love practical work? Have you missed Science Club? This course will allow students to do more practical science experiments that they would not get the chance to do in lessons. The course will cover fun practicals from all realms of science. Students will be able to take some of their work home with them and will be provided with a practical book with details of the two practicals which they will be doing each session. The practical work will be interspersed with fun facts and quizzes to really nurture students interest in science beyond the scope of the curriculum. On the final day there will be a science trip!

Tutor: Miss A. Lucas

Fantastic forensics

This course is now full.

Can you solve the crime? Are you interested in forensic science? This course will allow you to work through a mysterious criminal case, learn how to use different analytical techniques such as DNA sequencing, fingerprints, and chromatography amongst other techniques and make your own lie detector to help catch the criminal. You will learn and implement techniques used by detectives and the police to help solve crimes. Perfect for those with an interest in this area and science or simply those looking to for an exciting and mysterious element to their summer.

Tutor: Miss A. Lucas

Medical forum

Course code Week AM Thu & Fri full day Places Age range
MF 1 £190 14 12-14

What is it like to be a medical student? How can I help strengthen my application to study medicine? This course will give students an insight into what it is like to study medicine. Students will be introduced to topics in Anatomy, Physiology, and Biochemistry and will also look at Sociology and Medical Ethics. We will then go on to look at the application process, how to choose a medical school, how to write a personal statement, what to expect from interviews and how to approach the UKCAT and BMAT exams. Students will be provided with a course booklet to take away with them covering the core course content and giving suggestions for further reading. This course will be invaluable for anyone considering studying medicine or anyone with an interest in medical sciences.

Tutor: Miss A. Lucas

Chess: beginnners and improvers

 

This course is now full.

Are you confused by Castling?  Or empowered by your knowledge of En Passant?  Whether you are a budding chess player, or an experienced one, this is the course for you!  We will look at how to improve the beginning of your game by looking at the openings available, and also learn how to achieve Checkmate by looking at some puzzles. Chess has been around for thousands of years, isn’t it time you improved your game?

Tutor: Mr J. Rhatigan

Using maths in the real world

This course is now full.

In this course we will learn to apply maths to all sorts of different scenarios; whether it be how to traverse the Tube, pick a pizza, or win a sports car, maths really is key. We will explore elements of Game Theory, Graph Theory, Statistics and much more in a fun, light-hearted way to introduce you to the wider landscape of Mathematics. During the course, you will see areas of the subject that are not commonly covered at school, and you will leave with a far better idea as to what maths really is about.  Suitable for all curious mathematicians, regardless of ability.

Tutor: Mr J. Rhatigan

Greece and Rome through mythology

Course code Week AM PM Full day Cost per week Places Age range
GR 2 Yes £160 14 10-13

Last remaining space available.

The mythology of Greece and Rome continues to excite us thousands of years after it provided a backdrop to classical culture, and modern fascination with the stories helps to keep the ancient world alive today (the “Percy Jackson” stories provide just one example of this). This course will take the myths as its starting point and we will investigate what well-known (and some less well-known) examples can tell us about the ancient world that created them. During the course we will examine both how we know about the mythological stories (by looking at texts, in English translation, and artworks) and what those stories can reveal about the history and society of ancient Greece and Rome. Gods and heroes, literature and philosophy – this is a course that will provide an introduction to the key sub-disciplines of classics and is aimed at anyone with an interest in finding out more about ancient culture, whether or not they have had the chance to study a classical subject previously.

Tutor: Miss C. Drinkwater

Command the past (Ancient)

Course code Week AM PM Full day Cost per week Places Age range
CPA 1 Yes £170 14 12-17

Interested in military history? Fascinated by famous battles? Always wanted to pit your wits against the greatest generals in history? Well, now you can! Inspired by BBC’s hit TV series Time Commanders, this course aims to give students a chance to immerse themselves in history by replaying past battles through the virtual reality provided by Creative Assembly’s Total War Engine (an updated version of the one in BBC’s Time Commanders). Each day students will focus on a different historical battle: they will be given a short introduction to the context, then time to research tactics and troop types, and finally a chance to replay that battle on a computer. It promises to be a fun and interactive course which brings history to life, and all students will have a copy of the game to bring home.

Tutor: Mr R. Wilbur

Command the past (Medieval and Early Modern)

 

This course is now full.

Interested in military history? Fascinated by famous battles? Always wanted to pit your wits against the greatest generals in history? Well, now you can! Inspired by BBC’s hit TV series Time Commanders, this course aims to give students a chance to immerse themselves in history by replaying past battles through the virtual reality provided by Creative Assembly’s Total War Engine (an updated version of the one in BBC’s Time Commanders). Each day students will focus on a different historical battle: they will be given a short introduction to the context, then time to research tactics and troop types, and finally a chance to replay that battle on a computer. It promises to be a fun and interactive course which brings history to life, and all students will have a copy of the game to bring home.

Tutor: Mr R. Wilbur

History in a nutshell

Course code Week AM PM Full day Cost per week Places Age range
H 2 Yes £180 10 15-17

Love history and want to know how it fits together in the bigger picture? This course is for you. School history gives you superbly detailed glimpses into a few areas of our past, but it cannot tell the whole story. This course aims to fill in your subject gaps by tracing history from its ancient origins through to the present day, focusing on a different period/civilization each day (classical Greece, ancient Rome, Medieval Europe, Early Modern Europe, and Modern World). Hopefully, this survey of largely western history, will afford students a more holistic understanding of the past by helping them to see the bigger picture. A great course for anyone considering UCAS history.

Tutor: Mr R. Wilbur

Contemporary UK and US politics

Course code Week AM PM Full day Cost per week Places Age range
CP 1 Yes £180 10 14-17

The course will cover the institutions and processes of UK and US politics in the context of current affairs. Key features will include: an examination of the results and implications of the 2015 General Election; the process of selecting the next president of the United States; the powers of the Prime Minister and US President; the key roles of political parties and pressure groups; the implications of the EU Referendum for the UK; and arguments for and against lowering the voting age. There will be the opportunity to participate in seminar-style discussion, quizzes and debates that are a fundamental part of such a lively topic. The sessions are accessible to all and would complement an application to university for any humanities subject.

Tutor: Mr P. Richards

Don’t raise your voice: improve your argument

This course is now full.

Inspired by Desmond Tutu’s quotation, this skills workshop aims to help develop your public speaking and debating abilities. You will learn how to write and structure an argument, listen and ask questions skilfully, and ensure your presentation and delivery is effective. If you’ve always wanted to try public speaking or debating but been afraid to, then this is the course for you!

Model United Nations for beginners

Course code Week AM PM Full day Cost per week Places Age range
MUN 1 Yes £160 20 12-14

Peace Keeping, investigation of war crimes and conservation of the Great Barrier Reef are just some of the activities that the United Nations is currently engaged in. Model United Nations (MUN) is an educational simulation activity in which students learn about international diplomacy and global current affairs. Over 400,000 students from primary school to undergraduate level take part in MUN conferences across the world. In this course students will learn about international affairs and have the chance to research and take on the role of a country they are not familiar with. We will look at how the United Nations works and students will write resolutions to change an area of international policy. Students will take part in United Nations debates learning the language of diplomacy. This will give students a greater insight into the workings of international affairs. Students will be provided with a course booklet that acts as a guide to all we will be learning and which will contain suggested follow-on activities.

Tutor: Mrs S. Covey

Mathematical puzzles and investigations

Course code Week AM PM Full day Cost per week Places Age range
MP1 1 Yes £160 14 8-11

This course is now full.

This course will give you the chance to develop your problem solving and systematic thinking skills in a fun and engaging way. A range of puzzles and investigations will be looked at throughout the week, alongside the work and theories of some famous mathematicians. The course is aimed at enthusiastic mathematicians of all abilities.

Tutor: Mr J. Rhatigan

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