NE12 Sixth Form Bridging Activities – for Year 11 Students

Tasks during school closure


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Please see below bridging activities for A Level subjects. If you are a Year 11 student planning to join our NE12 Sixth Form, then you will need to choose at least three subjects which you think you might opt for during the enrolment process at the end of August and complete the bridging tasks. You will need to bring these with you when you enrol in August.

Any questions, please contact Mr Williams, AHT and Head of Sixth Form.

These tasks should give you an idea of what to expect in terms of challenge in Year 12, but will also help to keep your brain ticking over while schools are closed!

The link to GSHS bridging work is here: for subjects primarily taught at this site, eg Psychology.



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Once you start your post-16 journey you will be busy with your academic studies but did you know that universities and employers look for something extra when looking at application forms and deciding who to accept? They look for specific academic skills that cannot be evidenced in a formal exam – this is where the Academic LORIC will help you.

The Academic LORIC is a set of skills that you need to be able to demonstrate before you apply to a university course, a degree, higher apprenticeship or job. Using the time you have now, you can be ahead of the game in demonstrating that you are open-minded and have a love of learning outside of the classroom; using the resources provided, you can prove at interview/application that you have completed the reading and research that makes you a critical thinker and, most importantly, interesting to teach.

PIXL have produced a set of resources to help you explore the subjects that you will be studying post-16. By using these resources and completing the Academic LORIC work, you will have the best start when you return to school.

What it is:

  • A set of progression sheets which help you to study some content ready for post-16 or post-18.
  • A balance between academic material and a focus on helping you adjust and prepare for September
  • A simple way of giving you some focus and tracking what you have done.

How it works:

  • Select a progression sheet that interests you and then choose tasks to complete
  • There are subject specific sheets and wider skills sheets focusing on social and emotional progression
  • Complete the ‘Progression Log’ which logs what you have learned and your own next steps
  • Create a portfolio (online or in a folder) which shows some of your thinking and work

Who it's for:

  • Year 11 who are about to go into post-16 courses - there are progression sheets by groups of subjects
  • Year 12 who will be returning and applying for UCAS or work - the sheets will help you to have something to say in your applications
  • Year 13 who are going to university - the sheets help you to get ready academically and emotionally.

See below for the PIXL Project Futures Subject Progression grids (example here is for Creative & Performing Arts subjects)


Complete this course about the seedy underbelly of the art world – learn how art is stolen, trafficked, found, and returned.


Antiquities trafficking and art crime

The University of Glasgow 



Listen to this radio programme from actor Jack P. Shepherd who explores some strange things that have happened in theatres. 


Ghost stories from Theatreland

BBC Sounds


Read this articleabout one musician’s personal experience of the healing power of music following a cancer diagnosis.


How music therapy helped Black Eyed Peas star Taboo



Watch this TED talkabout bionics, which includes a performance from ballroom dancer Adrianne Haslet-Davis, who lost her left leg in the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing.


The new bionics that let us run, climb and dance

TED Talk – Hugh Herr


Complete this course to unleash your musical creativity and learn how to write songs.


How to write your first song

The University of Sheffield



Listen to this radio programme that explores the growing popularity of grime music through the story of Welsh act Astroid Boys.  


Generation Grime

BBC Sounds






Read this articlewhich explains why actors belong to a trade union, and how it can protect a stage name.


What is Equity? All about the British Actors Union in the UK

Acting in London






Watch this TED talkand performance which explores conflicting representations of black identity in the 1900s.


A historical musical that examines black identity in the 1901 World's Fair

TED Talk – Amma Y. Ghartey-Tagoe Kootin








Complete this coursewhich explores how musicians turn the notation of a score into a memorable performance and change how you listen to music. 


From notation to performance - understanding musical scores

The Open University






Listen to this podcast where leading artists, writers and thinkers discuss the ideas shaping our lives. Over 750 episodes available. 


Arts & Ideas

BBC Sounds 

(Also available via Apple Podcasts, Spotify and Stitcher – search ‘Arts & Ideas’)







Read this article about artist Phil Hansen who made a giant 8-foot-by-10-foot portrait of Edgar Allen Poe with thousands of earthworms.

What can you learn from creating an Edgar Allen Poe portrait with 7,000 worms?





Watch this TED talk in which Camille A. Brown explores what happens when communities let loose and express themselves by dancing together. 


A visual history of social dance in 25 moves

TED Talk – Camille A. Brown




Complete this MOOC which explores research into the psychology behind music and movement.


Music Moves: Why Does Music Make You Move?

Future Learn





Listen to this podcast which asks the question: Aside from the physical landscape, what does graffiti and street art actually change?


Graffiti: Paint and Protest

BBC Sounds


Watch this TED talkin which Willard Wigan speaks about how a difficult childhood led him to discover his unique ability for sculpting figures small enough to fit on the head of a pin! 

Hold your breath for micro-sculpture

TED Talks



NE12 Sixth Form Bridging Activities