On Friday 20th November 140 of our Y11 students had a break from their usual GCSE diet and became Sixth Formers for the day experiencing a range of A level lessons as part of our advice and guidance on selecting the right path for themselves post-16. The students enjoyed being immersed in a wide range of A Level experiences from Maths investigations into what differentiation is and why we need to use it. In English they explored the role of dreams in the Gothic genre in challenging cultural taboos. In Biology students undertook a ‘mitotic root squash’ to investigate cell division, while in German they looked at popular culture and politics to explore new vocabulary and gain an insight into modern Germany. Drama students interpreted an A level set text utilising four different styles including the physical theatre of Berkoff, and the Chemists conducted practical experiments into the effect of the mass of reactants on the mass of gas produced. ICT students analysed the uses and impact of AR (Augmented Reality) whilst the Core Maths students looked at the role of estimation using Fermi’s method. Overall students really enjoyed the day and the insight it gave into life as a Sixth Form student at John Masefield. The day will be followed up with ‘Futures’ discussions with a member of the Sixth Form team over the next four weeks to discuss further their subject choices.