Our first Projects in Lower School

Children in Lower have been busy with their first projects of the  year. What makes me super in Foundation 4 and 5, Sensational in Year 2, Electricity in Year 2, How humans work in Year 3 and Significant People in Year 4.  They have been inquiring, exploring, researching, discussing and reflecting on the topics for their Curious Kids (Foundation) and PBL (Year 1 to 4).

In Foundation Stage, their Curious Kids question this month has been What Makes Me Super?  As part of this they have been talking about our favourite Super Heros and with Miss Heather and Miss Katie have been designing and making their own super hero capes.  They used different materials and designs and tested them out in the playground to see which styles worked best!

In Year 2, children have been learning all about Electricity. They made static electricity by rubbing a ballon in their hair.

They visited Cosmocaixa…

and they experimented with electrical ciricuits to make light bulbs and buzzers work!

In Year 3, they have been learning all about How humans work. They now now everything about organs, bones, and senses!

Introducing Project Based Learning was a challenge that required lots of teaching planning, designing cross-curricular activities and introducing new ways of assessing. But as you can see, it’s worth the effort. Now it is the teaching/learning practice followed throughout each of the lower stages, and part of upper.

 

European IGCSE Art and Design teachers attend a course at St. Peter’s

This week, St. Peter’s have been holding an International Cambridge course for Art and Design teachers. They are already teaching this subject to prepare their students for the IGCSE Art / Design, but for them, it is important to keep training and further a deep understanding of if.

Teachers who attended the course have been able to:

  • review syllabus and curriculum framework design and the assessment aims
  • learn about updates and changes to the syllabuses, programmes or curriculum frameworks
  • extend their understanding of question papers, marking exercises, examiner feedback and creating their own exam questions for Cambridge O Level, Cambridge IGCSE or Cambridge International AS & A Level

Finally they share a range of approaches to teaching and learning and get to know colleagues from all over Europe.