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Showcasing the Learning – Building Motivation

23 maart 2017

It has been a busy time in Year 1-6 with lots of parents visiting the school to take part in a Learning Showcase. The children are really motivated and look forward to these events; they are in their element showing off their learning, and at times teaching their parents some of their new skills and knowledge. And what a range of experiences are on show!

  • Year 4 Knowledge Erupts for Parent Showcase

Last Friday we had some exhausted Year 3 parents taking part with their children in the Treasure Hunt around the school, where the children were challenged to use their mapping skills. The quiz questions about their learning this term were all over the primary building and playground, and groups could be seen scurrying about (Walk, please, don’t run!) in an effort to be well placed in the final scorings.

On Tuesday Year 1 parents visited classrooms and were impressed when they were being taught by the children how to weave using different materials. In Science, children were investigating the different properties of materials to decide the best choice for making either Cinderella’s carriage or a ‘superhero’ cape. In fact, there were lots of superheroes that day all wearing their own individually designed and colourful capes.

On the same day, Year 6 children shared a wonderful display on their topic in Stage One and the Gallery. Parents were impressed by their knowledge, particularly about evolution and commented on the quality of work that was on display. Some of this can still be seen in the Reception area; please come and enjoy it. Creativity was in evidence in the artistically designed cushion covers and we all enjoyed the song that they performed at the end.

The Year 4 corridor was a hive of activity on Wednesday, as parents were taking part in a variety of tasks; in research about volcanoes, in printing using cutting tools and linoleum squares and there were some interesting ideas of what might be necessary if you were packing a bag to prepare for an earthquake. The erupting volcanoes were a big hit with the children especially; a spectacular event that had come about only after a laborious period of model making using paper mache.

And there will be more excitement tomorrow on Friday when Year 2 and Year 5 children share their learning. Excitement is mounting and who knows what is in store, but we are looking forward to some equally creative and motivating experiences being on display.

We have a strong commitment to sharing children’s learning with you, the parents, as part of our partnership approach. We recognise how important you are in your child’s lives and, further, research shows how much children benefit from parents being involved in their child’s education. By taking time to discuss, encourage and praise your child’s achievements, you help motivate them to learn more. And being motivated to learn must surely be one of the most important characteristics of successful learners.

Eleanor Jess, Head of Primary