One of the biggest, but most important aspects of retaining the attention and enthusiasm of a class is in the variety of the activities presented. Keeping lessons and activities as fresh and exciting as possible is a top aim of most teachers, because not only does it make things fun for the pupils, it also keeps things fun for us. It can be difficult to keep every pupil happy and often it can feel like a juggling act, trying to ensure that everyone is having fun but also learning.
As teachers we need to look at the variety of ways that pupils learn. Neil Fleming, an educational theorist, designed the VARK model of learning, which involves Visual, Aural/Auditory, Read/Write and Kinaesthetic methods. Building upon the idea of kinaesthetic intelligence, first suggested by Howard Gardner in the 1980s, Fleming’s model encourages a greater focus on concrete hands on learning, with physical interaction and experimentation.
As part of our ‘light’ themed topic, Year 5 looked into how it is possible to draw pictures with light. They were given a camera, a light source and a selection of objects and were then encouraged to experiment, moving the camera, light sources and objects to see what effect it would have on the pictures produced. The physicality and immediacy of the experiment gave the pupils the opportunity to think, experiment, evaluate and develop their outcomes.
The visual aspect of the exercise and the objects used really helped the pupils to understand the differences between opaque, transparent and translucent objects and how light affected them. The auditory aspect of this experiment took the form of pupils giving a verbal prediction of what would take place during the experiment and what they expect the outcomes to look like. They then wrote down their predictions in their books, explaining why they thought they would obtain the predicted outcome. Finally, the kinaesthetic part of the lesson took place when the pupils went into a dark room and physically engaged in the experiment, shining lights through a variety of translucent objects and creating patterns with the light.
Through these steps, the pupils engaged in multiple forms of learning and created some really exciting and imaginative outcomes. Also, and this is just as important, they had a lot of fun in the process.
Mr Liam, Year 5 Teacher
This year’s Russian week coincided with the 250th birthday of great Russian writer Ivan Andreevich Krylov.
There is an Oxford in New Zealand, an Oxford in Canada, 21 Oxfords in the United States, besides a Mount Oxford, two Lake Oxfords and Oxford County, Maine (whose capital is South Paris)
Winter Sports Day in Moscow campus was a huge success! Students of Y5 – Y9 took part in a biathlon competition in the Olympic Sports Center.
Our students visited a lot of interesting places during school trips week. Early Years and Year 1 went to the Exotarium and saw animals from the hot savannas, deserts, and rainforests.
No matter how effective a lesson is, information learnt can be forgotten unless the topic is revisited several times. This is why, at school, we revise topics to check a child has absorbed the information taught.
The Girl with the Lost Smile is written by Miranda Hart. It was first published in Great Britain in 2017. It is a fantasy book, and it is written about a girl who always tries to smile.
Normally, when we mention courage, people think of great acts of heroism: such as rescuing people trapped in a burning building; fighting lions, tigers, alligators with your bare hands...
In September 2019, the new campus will open in Tashkent (Uzbekistan).