If we are all born artists, why don’t we stay artist ? Don’t let education kill creativity.


We have to respect each talent, each passion and each artist that we have inside us and don’t let it go while we grow up. Here in pre-school at St. Peter’s we love creativity and we love art. We have been exploring language and number through various alternative ways. We try to prioritise art expression through all our subjects . In Top Infants we made cakes with plasticine and used toybox painting to help us make sense of early addition.In Kindergarten we are re-inforcing the correct letter formation with a variety of materials like paint, shavings, foam, sand, nail polish and playdough. This week we have been making our own puppets out of old t-shirts, tights and socks. Why don’t we get the best out of people? Sir Ken Robinson argues that it’s because we’ve been educated to become good workers, rather than creative thinkers. Students with restless minds and bodies — far from being cultivated for their energy and curiosity — are ignored or even stigmatized, with terrible consequences. “We are educating people out of their creativity,” Robinson says. It’s a message with huge impact. Here in St. Peter’s we strongly believe in the potential of arts, creativity and passion that can stimulate the children of the future and also the importance of taking risks because, as Mr. Robinson said: “If you’re not prepared to be wrong, you will never be original.”

¿Qué pasa cuando pones los huevos en vinagre? La osmosis por la Srta. Corinne.

Con el objetivo de comprobar qué ocurre durante la osmosis, los alumnos de 3o de ESO experimentan, durante diversos días en el laboratorio de biología, dicho proceso utilizando unos huevos.
Primero los alumnos ponen los huevos en vinagre y los dejan reposar. Al cabo de un día han perdido “milagrosamente“ la cáscara. 

Seguidamente ponen un huevo en agua destilada y otro en agua salada y dejan pasar otras 24 horas.
Los huevos que se sumergen en agua destilada aumentan considerablemente de peso  porque absorben el agua, mientras que los sumergidos en agua salada, aunque en teoría deberían perder peso, aumentan también, aunque menos. 

1. El agua traspasa la membrana semipermeable del huevo para igualar concentraciones. En el caso del huevo en sal, debería haber perdido peso pero, al haber entrado el vinagre en “juego”, es decir en el huevo, el interior sigue siendo hipertónico.
2.  Una membrana semipermeable como la membrana del huevo o la membrana celular permite pasar el agua y los líquidos pero no los sólidos.
3.   La osmosis es el proceso mediante el cual el agua se desplaza desde una solución hipotónica a otra hipertónica a través de una membrana semipermeable.
4. Nunca es tarde para aprender química y menos si es una experiencia tan divertida.
Excelentes apuntes de Eva Robisco
Enjoy Learning!

Personal Development is a never-ending lesson in St. Peter’s School.

Every gesture has a thousand values behind it.
Today, just like every day, some pupils in Class 1 will be taking their dog, Rosset, for a walk at playtime. Afterwards, Pau pretends to clean up the mess and throw it into the bin. This activity is a part of the “Integrated Project” which is being run in the two Class 1 groups throughout the year. It involves learning from, and analysing, a particular case from all angles: this year the theme is LOOKING AFTER PETS.
Vídeo: “WHAT PETS NEED” (from the RSPCA)
This video asks children to think about all the things that pets need. It encourages them to think about what different animals need to be looked after properly.?
And what could be better than “virtually” adopting a real dog, in this particular case, from the Dog Shelter at Teià? The children chose him together using their better judgement: Rosset is perfect for children, he’s a year old, he’s a very good dog and likes to play. In the classrooms there is a cuddly toy which looks very much like him, and the children use it to act as if he were really with them and they look after him properly.

Just imagine the benefits for the world in which we live, if children from an early age were taught what is involved, for example, in looking after a dog. Just imagine if these skills could be applied to other aspects of life: love, being responsible, developing emotional skills and improving empathy, judgement, self-esteem, with less abuse and many other things too. Next week a vet is coming to check out Rosset and to give us some practical advice. 
Fingers crossed that Rosset is strong and healthy!