Bringing the Curriculum to Life
Following their 13+ Scholarship exams earlier in the year, 8S have been following a stimulating curriculum, tailored especially for them, based on the theme: ‘Planet Earth: near and far’. In some subject areas, their teachers have collaborated to introduce a cross-curricular element to their schemes of work. For example: in English, 8S are enjoying a range of stories from across the Earth and through time; in history, the class are investigating how empires are built and evaluating their impact, both positive and negative, on the countries they colonise, and in geography they are exploring and investigating issues facing ‘Planet Earth’.
To enhance their study of ‘Planet Earth: near and far’, on Thursday 29 April, 8S were lucky enough to have a visit from Education Officer, Vicky Nelson from The American Museum, Bath. In addition to giving an extremely interesting, lively presentation, Vicky brought in many fascinating artefacts for the group to study and then ran a quilt making workshop. As you can see from the pictures, everyone had tremendous fun whilst learning much about the early colonisation of America and the existing indigenous population they found there.
Earlier in the week, they were also treated to an online talk and virtual tour from The Roman Baths in the city of Bath. Through this, the 8S learned much about the extraordinary phenomenon of these natural hot springs and the history of how people have harnessed their life enhancing properties.
Commenting on these visits and experiences, our Head of English, Jane Stuckes, said: "Having had a year where welcoming visitors and going on school trips has been impossible, the children were so excited to meet Vicky and learn about America and its early people. Experiences such as this really do help to bring the curriculum to life!"
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