March 15, 2024

Discover, Learn, Grow: Insights from our Primary Come and Learn Event

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Our staff and students were delighted to welcome our Primary parents to our third Come and Learn event of the school year in February. It was the biggest turnout yet and the students did not disappoint. The corridors and classrooms were buzzing with the sound of children and parents taking part in learning.

 

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What has happened during Come and Learn this year?

 

The Nursery class showed their parents what they had been learning in Art this term, creating pictures using collage and pointillism.

 

Year 4 created a survey about chocolate bars, asked all the grown-ups about their favorite types of chocolate, fillings, and nuts, as well as colors. They used that information to design their own chocolate bars and wrappers!

 

Year 5 Hawks created news reports using the green screen, and news channel jingles using GarageBand. The parents performed some award-winning acting, from news reporters to concerned citizens. 

 

Year 5 Lions and their parents took part in a Juilliard Creative Classroom lesson inspired by Merce Cunningham. The lesson was designed to take chance procedures such as shuffling cards and flipping coins to determine the movements of the dance.

 

Year 6s led their parents through a musical composition activity using technology in which everyone was composing melodies using patterns, stepwise movement and leaps. After composing their melodies together, the students showed their parents how to transfer their melodies to barred percussion instruments. 

 

Working with your kids and understanding how they learn can offer numerous benefits for both you and your children.

 

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Here are some of the advantages:

 

Stronger Parent-Child Bond:

  • Collaborative learning fosters a stronger emotional connection between parents and children. Working together on educational activities can be a shared experience that brings you closer.

Personalized Learning Experience:

  • Knowing how your child learns enables you to tailor educational activities to their individual needs, strengths, and interests. This personalized approach can enhance their understanding and retention of information.

Increased Motivation:

  • Learning with a parent can be more motivating for a child. The presence and support of a parent can boost a child's confidence, making them more willing to take on challenges and learn new things.

Better Communication Skills:

  • Collaborative learning provides an opportunity for open communication between parent and child. Discussing concepts, asking questions, and working through problems together can improve your child's communication skills.

Improved Parental Involvement:

  • Actively participating in your child's learning process demonstrates your commitment to their education. This involvement can positively impact their academic performance and overall attitude towards learning.

Understanding Learning Styles:

  • Identifying your child's preferred learning style (e.g., visual, auditory, kinesthetic) allows you to present information in a way that aligns with their natural inclinations, making learning more effective and enjoyable.

Early Identification of Challenges:

  • Working closely with your child allows you to identify any learning challenges or difficulties early on. Timely intervention and support can help address these issues before they become more significant obstacles.

Encourages Curiosity and Exploration:

  • Collaborative learning fosters a sense of curiosity and a love for exploration. By engaging with your child in various educational activities, you can stimulate their curiosity and encourage a lifelong love of learning.

Instills a Growth Mindset:

  • Working together on learning tasks can promote a growth mindset in both you and your child. Emphasizing the importance of effort, persistence, and learning from mistakes helps develop a positive attitude towards challenges.

Enhances Problem-Solving Skills:

  • Engaging in problem-solving activities with your child helps them develop critical thinking and problem-solving skills. These skills are valuable in various aspects of life and contribute to overall cognitive development.

Positive Learning Environment:

  • Creating a positive and supportive learning environment at home can have a lasting impact on your child's attitude towards education. It sets the stage for a lifelong love of learning.

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What did the students think of Come and Learn:

I enjoyed it lot because we got to get our parents to act. - Torben

 

I wish it was longer. - Riya and Warren

 

It was very fun and entertaining because we got to boss our parents around. - Naomi

 

What did the Parents think of Come and Learn:

Making a light up card was certainly more challenging than we anticipated. But it was fun to apply learnings and figure it out together. We came and we learned Year 4 Parent

 

Love these events! It’s wonderful to see what they are learning. Super proud of them! The teachers are really great and amazing as well! Year 2 Parent

 

Today’s event was amazing. We could do the activity together with my kid in the class. I’d love to have the opportunity more.Year 1 Parent

 

I enjoyed stepping into the world of the Primary student. They are engaged, interested, and eager to show their parents what they have learned.Year 6 Parent