A great way to embed your own learning is to teach it to someone else.
That’s why a favourite technique used by many of our teachers is to encourage students to create presentations in order to pass on their knowledge to their classmates.When they are producing a “lesson” for their friends, students often research a topic more deeply than they would otherwise. What’s more, they tend to think creatively about how to put across the information they’ve discovered…which makes it more memorable for the rest of the class.Students take great pride in putting together an interesting, colourful and informative presentation, and, as you can see here, they work hard to achieve it.
It’s the time of year when our whole school becomes passionate about poetry.
Traditionally, schools in Scotland celebrate Burns Night (the birthday of the famous Scottish poet, Robert Burns) by holding poetry recitals and competitions. Scotland is a long way from our school on the Spanish Mediterranean coast, but a Scottish teacher was determined we should share in one of her country’s favourite cultural events. So now, for the sixth year running, we have held a Burns Night competition, where each class competes to produce a poetry performer par excellence.
Students in every class from Year Two to Year Nine chose a poem to learn and perform for their classmates. The winners were chosen by a mixture of class vote and teacher judgement. Then we all got together in our auditorium to watch the class champions battle it out.Poetry is a great learning tool. All age groups respond to the power of words, and memorising verse is a good workout for the grey matter.As well as learning poems, many classes also wrote their own. The majority of our students don’t have English as their first language, but they were still able to produce some powerful work.Watching them on the stage, we were impressed at the pride they took in their performances, and the enjoyment they gained from sharing some superb poetry.
There are some lessons where we positively encourage students to chat.
Because if you’re learning a new language you really need to be able to speak it. And one of the most enjoyable ways of doing that is to have a conversation with someone else. At our school, most of the secondary students learn four languages: English, Spanish, German and Valenciano. Here, you can see some of our Year 8 students practising their Valenciano. Their Valenciano teacher has taught them vocabulary relating to characteristics of the body and the mind. Now the students are using what they have learned by asking and answering personal questions (within reason!)You can see from the interest and concentration in their faces that it is an engaging way to exercise their Valenciano. And as we are in the Valencia region where the language is widely spoken, they can use their new skills to talk to the people they meet when they’re out and about.
You’re never too old to enjoy a visit from Father Christmas!Our primary children received their Secret Santa presents from Father Christmas, and several of our secondary students — including these Year 7s — helped him give them out. Ho, ho, ho!
In Europe, we are blessed with many areas of outstanding natural beauty and it’s right for us to work towards their preservation.In Year 7, we’ve been learning about the climate and landscapes of Europe.In learning about them, we can also appreciate their great value and ensure we do what we can to save them for future generations.