These help the children to apply their knowledge to new situations, develop their understanding of the world, and to learn by doing. Once you can do and teach a skill or pass on your understanding, then learning is secure and can apply throughout your life.
Over the last week we have been developing opportunities for the children to have different experiences to enhance their learning. Year 4 went on a trip to the Ethnology Museum, linking their learning to their current IPC topic. You can read more about this trip here.
In Year 5 and 6, the Korean children have decided to set up a lunchtime ECA, teaching other children Korean. Jisu, Sally, Sarah (Y5) and YeEun(Y6) first did this earlier in the year during International Week and it was so successful and sought after by the children that they are now going to do a weekly ECA, introducing children to basic conversational language. What a wonderful integration between the students, developing our ideals of being internationally minded.
In F2, Tuan Duc’s father, Mr Tuan Dung Vo, came in to talk to the children about his job. He came to school wearing his pilot’s uniform and enthralled the children about his exciting profession. The children were shown pictures of planes and inside the cockpit and they talked about the different parts of a plane and what they do. He also brought in some toy planes for the children to play with. Again this learning is linked to the topic the children are learning about.
We realise parents are extremely busy but the children and staff truly value these opportunities when parents come into school and share their experience and expertise with the children. We will hopefully be developing these links in the future but if you think you could come and spend some time with a class and the children, or know someone who could, then please contact your class teacher or the primary office if it may be for a different age group.
We all continually learn together so working collaboratively and sharing experience will only add to the knowledge, understanding and progress of your children. We really look forward to more of these opportunities together and thank you once more to Tuan Duc’s father for giving up his time. Have a great weekend.
Mr Nicholas West – Head of Primary