Clapton girls – the building of a new science lab:
Over the past year, we have had an amazing partnership develop with Clapton Girls Academy. Our work with the Academy leader of science has helped us to understand what KS3 science looks like and develop what we can do teaching-wise to raise the bar in science at Northwold. We currently do not have the facilities to teach and practice Level 6 science on site so we have been taking our children to the Academy to access their resources.
Our big news is that we are now in the process of building our own science lab; this has taken place over October half term. We are lucky enough to possess two ICT labs so one of these will go to be replaced by Science. The computers will be replaced with portable devices since most of our lessons now embrace an ICT strand; this seems like the most practical way of teaching and is a fun addition to our lessons.
The science lab will benefit all the children, not just the more able and we are starting to think about the ways in which we can make science more fun and enjoyable at our school. To be successful, children need to have the ability to achieve in whatever they excel in or enjoy and for many, this is not just English or maths, this is science. Our own lab will help us to reach these higher levels and give our children access to new, once unreachable, opportunities.
There will be a launch event soon with special guests and Clapton Academy so look out!
We now embrace the Cornerstones Creative Curriculum. This is an excellent cross-curricular approach and has given us the opportunity to celebrate British culture. Our school has diverse staffing and pupils and the only thing that we have in common is that we all choose to live in London- which I believe is by far the coolest city in the world! We want the children to know and appreciate just how lucky they are to be living in London, so we take them on three visits every term. We make the children take public transport so that a) they know how to get there if they want to visit themselves and b) so that they can see that its free for them to use and it is amazing.
We want our children to be proud of the fact that they are Londoners. If we do not teach them this explicitly then there is a huge risk that we will all come here to school, do our separate work and leave in a very fragmented way. Embracing and learning about being a British citizen is a really important thing and I was so pleased that this was introduced into the national curriculum; I think it is spot on.