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Mr Nicholas West Weekly Update 22/1/2016

22 January 2016

Most of my articles are about the learning, enjoyment and wide experiences enjoyed by your children. However, this week all of the teachers participated in a shared learning experience together.

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We always tell the children to ‘magpie’ or use ideas from other children and put these into their own work to improve it. This is exactly what the teacher’s did this week, participating in a joint learning walk looking at the class environments, looking for ideas to use, and finding ideas they may use to improve their own environments.

Classroom environments are a fantastic source of learning for the children, helping them with new ideas or giving them strategies when they are stuck. We noticed some really good examples of how to include children in their own learning and celebrate success. Some extremely simple and creative ways were spotted for collaborative learning and I am confident that some of the best ideas will become more widespread throughout the school. Our staff, teachers and TAs work so well in their classrooms and with your children, so it is wonderful to give them this opportunity together to observe what is good around their school, praising their colleagues and sharing their knowledge – just as the children are encouraged to do every day.

Shared experiences always lead to the best learning. As our children’s definition of International Mindedness states, ‘I am me and you are you; success in the world when we are two’. Simply put, wherever your children are in the world they will always be ‘them’ with their strong traditions and cultures, as will the people they meet. So whoever you are, it really doesn’t matter, but if you work together there is a greater opportunity for success.

The school has been buzzing this week as the rehearsals for the Tet performance gather momentum. I can’t wait to see this spectacle as every child from Year 1 to Year 6 will be on stage giving us a traditional story, song or dance. We do hope that all of you can make the performance on Tuesday 2nd February at 1.45pm. Before this of course we look forward to the Tet fair on Sunday from 9am, see you there!

Mr Nicholas West – Head of Primary