This week was no different with a visiting author, Exit Points, visits around Shanghai and of course, Into the Woods.
Neil Griffiths, author of The Journey, Itchy Bear and Shaun the Shy Shark spent the day with our Early Years and Primary students on Tuesday, as well as providing a workshop for parents in the morning. The sessions he led for our students had them and their teachers falling about with laughter. Nobody could escape from participating in Neil’s performances of his stories – Mr Johnson and I had to provide sound effects, Mr Scrymgeour had to be a boat and Mr Finan portrayed a tree and a shark! The students were also all involved, as characters from Neil’s stories, providing the scenery as well as sound effects. To finish, everyone had to go back to their classrooms disco dancing! It was definitely a wonderful opportunity for our students.
The end of a term often brings the end to a topic and both Year 2 and Year 6 had their Exit Points to their respective topics ‘People of the Past’ and ‘Fairgrounds’ this week. Year 2’s wonderful work adorned the Hive where their parents came to learn all about the famous people from history that the children had been finding out about. From Florence Nightingale to Neil Armstrong, the Year 2 students were able to confidently explain why these people were so important during their time and why we still remember them today.
Year 6’s Exit Point took a slightly different twist and they created a carnival atmosphere on the third floor to which the primary school were invited to join in with games and various activities. The students from Year 1 to Year 5 thoroughly enjoyed being able to swap tokens in order to take part in the challenges the Year 6 students had organised. Yet again, the Year 6 students displayed the skills and attributes which showed they are more than ready to transition to secondary school in the very near future.
Learning has also taken place outside of the classroom this week with Year 1 visiting the Shanghai Municipal History Museum and Year 3 visiting the Shanghai Natural History Museum. Both year groups’ visits were linked to their current topics and helped to bring the children’s learning to life. As always, the teachers were incredibly proud of how the students conducted themselves whilst outside of school.
Finally, there have been many of our primary students (and teachers) undertaking long days at school this week either participating in or supporting the performances of Into the Woods. Last night was the final night of the show with a fantastic turn out, and there was definitely a sense of excitement as the students donned their costumes for the very last time. I have been absolutely astounded at how well our primary students have coped with the lengthy days and the ongoing rehearsals, yet they have still managed to come into school each day and continue with their regular lessons. It truly shows just how committed our students are to achieve their very best.
As we approach the third and final term of the school year, we now look forward and begin to plan for the next academic year. For our students in primary, each one of them will have grown that little bit more, not only physically, but also in maturity and during next term our teachers will spend time preparing our students for the next school year. There will still be plenty of opportunities for our students to engage in fun but thought-provoking learning, but our teachers will also ensure they are ready for the challenges the following year at school will bring. As the term progresses, we will be sharing with you what this looks like and inviting you into school to learn more about transition to the next year or key stage.
For now though, I think everyone here in our Early Years and Primary has earned a well-deserved break. I wish all of our families a wonderful holiday and we look forward to seeing everyone back at school on Monday 10th April.
Head of Primary