They included the Wright Brothers who told us how they invented the aeroplane with Alexander Graham Bell also making an appearance and teaching us on how he created the telephone. This Monday, Vincent Van Gogh put in an appearance and we saw some of his wonderful masterpieces. On Tuesday, there was no one famous present, but we were challenged by the dilemma on having to evacuate children during World War 2.
Yes, class assemblies have started! Parents came to share the learning that was presented using imagination and creativity as the children participated in their individually devised performances. Everyone shines at assemblies no matter the contribution they make. For some children being dressed up, saying a line in English for the first time in front of strangers is an achievement; for others it is memorising long pieces of dialogue and engaging the audience. The comedians are never hard to spot!
Our children learn more and better when they engage in this form of active learning. They retain information more easily and remember key ideas more clearly. Years later, many will identify assemblies as high points in their learning at primary when you speak to them. But more than that they grow as individuals, and as a result impress us with their confidence. As one mum said to me, ‘I’m amazed. I could never have done that at their age!’ And as we know, building confidence is so important for building future success.
Eleanor Jess, Head of Primary