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Listening to Year 2

10 November 2016

On Wednesday I met with six Year 2 children: Margarita, Zara, Isla, Kais, Michael and Kyungeun.  You may remember that I like to meet the children to find out about what they are learning and how school ‘feels’ for them.

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It is always an enjoyable part of my day and this time was definitely no exception – it was lively!

They were very keen to tell me all about what they are learning.  It certainly is a busy time in Year 2.  Some children are learning times tables and this has a big ‘WOW’ factor as it makes them feel so grown up. They were able to show me some clever strategies that teachers had given them to help them work things out in Maths.  They explained how using conjunctions helps improve their writing and listed off a huge number – I was impressed.  They also were keen to tell me how they had made bridges out of paper in Themed Learning, explaining how they had designed them and then tested for strength; this was clearly a highlight.  They like learning best when it is fun; when teachers use games to help them learn.  They like a bit of competition too!

A favourite place in the school is without a doubt the library.  They described to me how many lovely books there are in the library and how you can find lots of books by a favourite author. But the playground prompted the most enthusiasm.  Bikes, the climbing frame and monkey bars are clearly favourites and if they had a wish it would be for more bikes.  We discussed that we might need traffic lights then!

Friendships are very important and they thought that one of the benefits of being in a big school was there were so many children to choose from to become friends.  They wanted more chances to get to know children in other classes, and were very clear that people should be nice to each other and behave well.  This was very important to them.

Finally, they like when parents come in to school.  Assemblies, reading with children, learning showcases all got the thumbs up; parents evenings are fine as long as it was good news that came home – a more measured response to that one.

We believe that talking to children is so important for their development, but also as a means of finding out what they think of the school.  I am always impressed by how deeply the children consider their life at BISS, and the articulate way that they tell me about what they think.  It is good finding out what is important to them so we can help them more.  Most gratifyingly, they were very clear that they love school, lovetheir teachers and love learning – we can all be proud of that!

Eleanor Jess, Head of Primary