During INSET week, our Primary teachers were very fortunate to receive some professional development training from Louise Norup, a trainer from Fieldwork Education. Louise walked the staff through all of the elements of the International Primary Curriculum (IPC), with particular reference made to the personal goals that will be shared with the students over the coming weeks. The staff left empowered and were eager to get started last week. The staff are looking forward to being part of two further webinars led by Louise as she continues to impart her knowledge and experiences of working with the IPC.
During the first week of the new academic year, all students studying in the Primary School were introduced to the ‘Brainwave’ topic. As in all IPC topics, there was a ‘Big Idea’ that was shared with the students:
Milepost 1 (Years 1-2): Our brain is special because it does lots of amazing things. Once we understand how our brain works and what we can do to make it work even better, then we can improve the way that we learn.
Mileposts 2 & 3 (Years 3, 4, 5, 6): Every day we are learning lots of new and different things, gaining the knowledge, skills and understanding that we will need to become successful adults. By finding out more about how we learn, and how we can improve our learning, we will be better equipped for meeting the many challenges ahead of us.
Over the last week, we have been sharing the learning experiences of our students through our school Facebook page. Through hands-on practical activities and group research, our students have loved learning how the brain works and what they need to do to look after it. Students in Upper Primary have discussed the importance of practice when learning a skill and how positive thinking can help us to succeed. The students are looking forward to learning how ‘others’ learn this week with some of our school leaders visiting the classrooms to share their own thoughts and experiences.