☰ The benefit of being part of a group of schools and the value of extra curricular learning

The benefit of being part of a group of schools and the value of extra curricular learning

Posted on: March 26th 2015

There is always so much to write in my blogs, as each day/week is different! Last week, I had the privilege of being involved in one of our sister schools’ School Review, which is a very helpful peer assessed internal developmental strategy that Bellevue uses. I observed 8 teachers in the school on one day, giving feedback to each and gaining some great ideas to bring back to school, as well as doing an assessment of their learning in Maths, and tracking individual pupils. It was such a helpful tool for me as a head and I was able to give some positive feedback and ideas to the school. We’re very lucky that the schools and Heads in the group are very open and willing to share things with each other - it very much enriches the group as a whole. I’m looking forward to welcoming colleagues in May for our one and took a great deal away from being involved.

It’s also been an unbelievably busy two weeks in school (just for a change!) with so much going on for pupils, with many extra curricular elements making it an exciting and engaging end of term! Last week, Form 6 were out at the RAF museum and as I write, we are preparing for our trip to Parliament with Form 2 tomorrow (Friday). Form 6 are learning all about Politics and Government, Democracy and the Magna Carta, whilst Form 2 are learning about British Law and Values. PrePrep were out at London Zoo earlier in the week, and Form 3 headed off to the Roald Dahl museum to consolidate their learning about the author. In between times, Reception showed off their circus skills to their big ‘Buddies’ and to their parents this afternoon at Dukes Avenue as a culmination of their Circus topic and Forms 3 and 4 performed brilliantly in both their yoga and street dance, as well as our young musicians. The whole of Key Stage 2 have also been auditioning for their parts for our exciting end of year production of ‘The Jungle Book’! The importance of extra-curricular learning and activities is integral to supporting and extending our children’s learning and giving it a purpose and an audience. The way in which the children talk about these events and their learning around them exemplifies how much they gain from them. 

The children and staff are definitely ready for a holiday so I would like to take this opportunity to wish you all a restful break over the Easter Period and look forward to another exciting term at the school!

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