Welcome to  the second half of the busiest term

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9th June 2017 | Heads Blog

Welcome back to school for the second half of the busiest term of the year. I hope you all enjoyed a well earned break. There is so much to look forward to throughout this half of term: The Art Exhibition and Music concert, Upper and Lower School Sports Days, International Day, The Summer Fayre, the Year 6 production of The Tempest in the woods, Prize Giving and the Staff vs. Parents Cricket Match! I look forward to seeing you at these events. Tonight is Elmhurst’s Got Talent of course, where your sons will be showing off a variety of skills. I just hope the judges aren’t as harsh as Simon Cowell can be at times!

It is important that the boys are aware of what they are learning, why they are learning it and how they are going to achieve that learning. This is why I love collaborating with the boys when establishing the learning objectives and success criteria. In my Year 5 History lesson this morning, we reflected on what we had been focusing on before half-term. We then discussed what our next steps should be and together we established what the success criteria should be. The impact of this process is that the boys demonstrated a clear understanding of the topic: ‘The Indus Valley Civilization’. They recognised that having the learning objective, understanding how the Indus Valley people lived, gives us an opportunity to compare our lives with theirs and in identifying the success criteria they established how they would achieve this learning. We then discussed the 4Cs (Communication, Collaboration, Critical Thinking and Creativity) and how they help us in the process of learning. I must say that I am very impressed with how these Year 5 boys clearly understand the ‘how’ and ‘why’ of learning.

On the Friday before half-term Year 6 returned from their residential trip to Mill Rythe where they were involved in a variety of outward bound activities. Many of these support the development of those characteristics of outstanding individuals in the 21st century. Activities such as Raft Building, Rocket Building and the Sensory Trail provided our boys with the opportunity to demonstrate their leadership skills as well as using the 4Cs to support the processes leading to their success. The ability to adapt to the challenges being faced is also important in achieving success and these activities are key to ensuring the boys develop a positive attitude to change, as well as instilling resilience.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank Mrs Kassam for her brilliant assembly on Ramadan which was delivered to the whole school on Wednesday. We study all of the religions around the world in our RE lessons and the boys demonstrated a very good knowledge of Islam in their response to a variety of questions asked. It is important that we celebrate the multifaith and multicultural nature of our school and our society as it is vital to developing proactive global citizens, who make a difference to the lives of others.

Finally, however much we plan and however proactive we are about organising our expectations, as the election result today has proved, change is never far away. The Elmhurst Community I am sure will demonstrate the same characteristics as the boys, whilst we brace ourselves for whatever the new government looks like: resilience and adaptability!

- Mr A J Padfield

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