The pace of change in education often appears relentless. Trying to keep abreast of developments, particularly in the curriculum, can be daunting not only for professional educators but also for parents and students. We recognise the problems associated with new initiatives and work hard to update parents whenever change occurs.
The recent Parent Seminar was a case in point. Significant change to the Science curriculum in KS1 was introduced in the United Kingdom in 2014. This development was explained in an excellent presentation to parents by Mr. Rob Crook and Mr. Rob Reid. Focussing on building linkages between topics, Mr. Crook and Mr. Reid delved into the world of animal and environmental interdependence. KS1 children are blessed with an inquisitive mind and hunger for discovery. Their enthusiasm to learn is limitless. Sorting animals and flowers into groups, identifying the properties of wood, glass and plastic, and understanding where dangerous animals are found are some of the exciting topics in the Year 1 Science programme. The life cycle of plants, the survival needs of animals and the relationship between humans and their environment expand on this theme in Year 2 Science and Geography.
So how can KS1 parents help their child at home? Mr. Crook and Mr. Reid asked parents to encourage their child to be inquisitive, curious and keen to record their observations. Capturing the imagination of young children is key to their future development.
We have just learnt that Mr. Jeremy Buss, Data Assessment Manager and Head of Modern Foreign Languages at our school, was the most active person on Nord Anglia University during January 2015. Congratulations, Jeremy!