TEACHERs are cooking up ways of helping new pupils settle in at a South Tyneside secondary school.
Boldon School, in New Road, Boldon Colliery, is running transition programmes in technology and modern languages for Year 5 and 6 children at local feeder primary schools.
Pupils from East Boldon Juniors, in North Road, East Boldon, have been taking part in weekly food technology and resistant materials workshops.
They have been baking with food technology teacher Andrea Armson and food technology assistant Janet Klitzke.
The aim is to give pupils a taste of what lessons will be like for them when they start secondary school.
Mrs Klitzke said: “Most of the students hadn’t cooked before. It’s wonderful to see their faces light up when they see what they have made.”
Head of design and technology, Michelle Hawronskyj, and technology assistant Brain Elliott, helped them with their resistant materials project.
They had to design and make a chocolate mould that was re-useable, fun and packaged.
Mrs Hawronskyj said: “The students produced some extremely well designed products and were very proud of their work.
“They were a very inspiring group of students to work with.”
Meanwhile, head of modern languages Anik Sinton has been visiting local primary schools and teaching French to a variety of year groups.
She is currently at Hedworth Lane Primary School in Hedworth Lane, Boldon Colliery, teaching French to Year 2 pupils.
She said: “The pupils have never done French before and they are very much enjoying learning a new language.
“It is very rewarding to teach such enthusiastic and motivated young people. It bears well for the future.”
Both programmes are ongoing and will be rolled out to other feeder primaries soon.