(CMR) The 2023 Year 6 summer school program, organized by the Ministry of Education and the Department of Education Services (DES) in conjunction with primary schools, is providing additional intense support in Mathematics and English for students working towards age-related expectations.
According to the Ministry of Education, it is anticipated that through engaging and interactive learning experiences, students' academic growth will continue during the summer break.
The program will take place in Cayman Brac from 31 July to 11 August. The two-week program also ran in Grand Cayman and ended last Friday.
The four hubs sites for the sessions are George Town Primary, Red Bay Primary, Edna Moyle Primary and West End Primary, which identified students from all government primary schools. Specific intervention programs, including Read Write Inc. Fresh Start, On Track English, and MathWhizz, which includes a virtual tutor, are being implemented in the summer sessions. Math Whizz combines adaptive technology, interactive content, and gamification to enhance mathematics learning. It offers personalized learning experiences, fosters motivation, and provides valuable insights for educators and parents.
In commenting on the catch-up initiative, Department of Education Services Director Mark Ray noted, “The summer school program demonstrates how the Ministry of Education, the Department of Education Services, educators, and parents are dedicated to the ongoing academic success of our students.”
In addition to targeting academic skills in Mathematics and English, the program is also providing students with the opportunities to extend learning throughout the community with weekly field trips and a daily science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) challenge. Through the group STEM activities, it is expected that students will have the opportunity to develop essential interpersonal skills, such as communication, collaboration and leadership.
The Department has also developed a website, www.summerlearningci.com, to provide parents and guardians with the resources to support their child’s continued practice and learning throughout the summer. On the site, parents will find recommended resources and summer learning activities for students in every year group of primary school.