Punchdrunk INSET Days for Teachers
Punchdrunk Enrichment’s school projects focus on the innate creativity of both teachers and pupils whilst delivering curriculum in immersive and imaginative formats. INSETs for these projects continue the legacy of this work by supporting teachers in their own creative practices.
A brand new series of INSETs for Primary and Secondary teachers will take place in Punchdrunk’s immersive research and development space at Fallow Cross in Tottenham Hale. Teachers will explore Punchdrunk Enrichment’s creative techniques, be introduced to a range of projects and be given practical tools and support to deliver their own curriculum back in school.
Punchdrunk Enrichment’s latest project is The Oracles, a cross-platform experience for primary school children that unfolds over several weeks. Inspired by the myth of Hercules and his 12 Labours, the project is designed to engage Key Stage 2 pupils in Greek mythology and mathematics, and improve digital literacy. Playing a tablet game in the classroom introduces pupils to the village of Fallow Cross, and reveals a call to adventure from the Oracles. Alternating between gameplay and visits to Fallow Cross (a real life-size village have built in Tottenham), the pupils must recover the missing objects to restore protection to the village.
To find out more about the Punchdrunk INSET days please visit www.punchdrunk.org.uk.
Plumstead Manor School
Plumstead Manor is a thriving school, dedicated to providing a world class education to young people of all abilities and backgrounds so that they are challenged, inspired and encouraged to go beyond what they ever thought possible. From September 2018 the school will welcome a mixed intake of boys and girls into Year 7 for the first time to this fully inclusive, vibrant and diverse school.
High quality teaching in a safe and friendly environment is the recipe to secure excellence and justice for all their young people. A commitment to academic scholarship lies alongside high expectations for outstanding behaviour and personal development and they are uncompromising in their dedication to these priorities.
Plumstead Manor’s curriculum is broad and balanced, spanning both academic and vocational courses. They are proud to offer a full array of subjects from English to maths, taking in the sciences, the visual and performing arts, humanities, modern languages, information technology, PE and design technology along the way. All learning at Plumstead Manor is underpinned by five key qualities of curiosity, collaboration, discipline, resilience and imagination. Plumstead Manor believe these habits are central to the school and community - so much so that the rewards system is built around them making sure they are part of how pupils learn, how they think, and how they talk.
The best way to find out about Plumstead Manor School is to go along and see this vibrant community at first hand and they look forward to seeing you soon at one of the school’s Open Events.
Local Young Writer Celebrated
A 7 year old from West Wickham has been named a regional winner in the National Young Writers’ Award. Lucy Kendall from Hawes Down Infant School fought off tough competition from children all over the region with her story.
The competition, organised by tuition provider, Explore Learning, tasked children with writing a 500 word story set in 2017 in line with this year’s theme, ‘The Future’. Robots, teleports and rockets featured in many stories and the impressive entries were judged by TV presenter and adventurer, Steve Backshall. Over 10,000 children from all over the UK entered in an effort to win a trip to Disneyland Paris and £500 worth of books for their school.
As the regional winner, Lucy will receive a stationary prize bundle, a certificate to celebrate her story and personalised feedback from Explore Learning. She’s also in the running to be the overall winner – National Young Writer of the Year – which will be announced by Steve in a special school assembly.
Explore Learning provides English and maths tuition to children aged 4 to 14, with 126 centres located across the country. They ran a number of creative writing workshops in libraries and schools up and down the country throughout the competition. Find out more at www.explorelearning.co.uk.
Blackheath High School Partnerships Day
Blackheath High School hosted a Sports Partnerships Day in May with Year 4 pupils from surrounding primary schools to encourage good health through sport. 180 pupils from Blackheath High, James Wolfe, Invicta Primary School, Faraday School and All Saints Blackheath took part in the day.
The aim of the day was for the children to gain physical confidence and understanding whilst improving skills within sports that help an individual’s overall sporting ability. The children learned more about what they can achieve, and developed an understanding of the health benefits of participating in sport. The visiting schools had access to Blackheath High’s facilities, received expert coaching (including from Amanda Newton, England Netball Coach and Blackheath High PE teacher) and learned the importance of Speed, Agility and Quickness in all sports.
The day was funded by HSBC who provided a generous grant as part of the Girls' Day School Trust (GDST) and HSBC Partnership Funding scheme for GDST schools to develop partnerships with local maintained schools.
Mrs Carol Chandler-Thompson, Head of Blackheath High School, told Primary Times, “We were delighted to host this Sports Partnership Day with our neighbouring primary schools. Sport is an integral part of school life at Blackheath High and we encourage our students to develop a lifelong love of exercise.” For more information about Blackheath High School, please visit www.blackheathhighschool.gdst.net.
Combat Summer Learning Loss
Are you still deciding whether to send your child to summer school this holiday? Take your child along to a Leaders are Readers Summer School to enhance their English and Maths skills over the break and make sure they go back to school prepared for the next year.
Research about summer learning loss shows that all children, regardless of resources at home, tend to lose Maths skills during the summer. A primary focus on Mathematics instruction in the summer would benefit most.
At the Leaders are Readers Summer School, teaching Maths and English for two hours daily allows for intense focus on these subjects. This can be a big help when learning challenging topics which might have been tough to handle during regular school with many other subjects competing for lesson and homework time.
Each curriculum is designed to suit the age and ability of your child, from accelerated reading programmes and entrance exam preparation, to introduction to the upcoming year’s mainstream curriculum.
The Leaders are Readers award-winning Summer School is fun yet educational and available for any child from age 3 ½ to 13 years for four hours a day. Extended care is also available. Call 01992 651 300 to attend a trial day or head to www.leadersarereaders.co.uk to find your local centre and for further information.
Flexi-Boarding at Farringtons
Farringtons School is in a unique position in that it has a thriving boarding community as well as day pupils.
As well as full and weekly boarding, Farringtons is able to offer flexi-boarding to help with the busy lifestyles that many families have. If parents need to be away for business or pleasure or find themselves with urgent family commitments, pupils can board and enjoy the clubs and activities available to all our boarders.
Flexi-Boarding is popular with students who have a long journey to school and want to attend before or after school clubs. It is also the perfect solution for pupils who want to prioritise studying around the exam periods or prepare prior to moving away to university. Families can opt for an occasional sleepover at school or choose to board on a regular basis of two or three nights a week.
Set in twenty five acres of beautiful parkland in Chislehurst, Farringtons has excellent facilities and offers a wide range of sports and extra-curricular activities. Full, weekly or flex-boarding is available to pupils at Farringtons in Years 7–13. For more information, please visit www.farringtons.kent.sch.uk.
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