On Fridays, in Key Stage 2 we run a mixed age group multi skilled curriculum carousel on a half term rolling basis.
Our local history project, takes Key Stage Two children on an exciting journey through time, utilising the rich historical archives housed within our community's cherished local church. The project aims to connect the children with the roots of their community, fostering a deep appreciation for the heritage that surrounds them.
The project unfolds in several stages, beginning with an introduction to historical research methods and the significance of the church as a historical landmark.
The children explore the church's evolution, discovering how it transformed over the years and adapted to the changing needs of the community.
They will closely examine artifacts and documents, ranging from baptismal, marriage and burial records, providing a glimpse into the lives of those who had once called the community home.
One highlight of the project is when the children embark on a unique educational journey, turning the local graveyard into an open-air classroom for the study of times gone by. The children will explore the graveyard with a keen eye for detail, uncovering weathered tombstones that tell stories etched in stone. The project encourages them to engage with the site as a living archive, where the lives of individuals from different eras are commemorated.
Through careful observation and guided research, the children discover the artistry and symbolism engraved on the headstones, unravelling clues about societal norms, beliefs, and cultural practices of bygone times.
Epitaphs become windows into personal stories, shedding light on the challenges, triumphs, and everyday lives of individuals who once walked the same streets the children now tread.
This innovative approach seeks to harness the power of experiential learning, immersing children in the tangible remnants of history to deepen their understanding of the past.
Exploring Our Local Heritage not only provides Key Stage Two children with valuable insights into their community's past but also instils a sense of pride and responsibility for preserving and appreciating the local history that shapes their present-day lives.
The project serves as a testament to the power of experiential learning and community involvement in fostering a lasting connection between the younger generation and their cultural heritage.
In a vibrant classroom, a dynamic group of Key Stage 2 students will engage in an inspiring artistic journey guided by an exceptional artist. The room buzzes with creative energy as children, ranging in ages and abilities, come together to explore the boundless world of art. The artist, with a wealth of experience and passion, serves as a catalyst for their imaginations.
As the mixed-age group collaborates, a sense of mutual support flourishes. Young minds, eager to absorb knowledge, join forces with their older peers, creating an environment where learning transcends age boundaries. The artist employs a variety of teaching techniques, ensuring that each child's unique learning style is addressed.
Throughout the sessions, fundamental artistic skills take centre stage. From mastering the intricacies of sketching and shading, to experimenting with diverse textures and techniques, the students are exposed to a rich tapestry of artistic expression. The artist's guidance fosters a sense of confidence and curiosity, encouraging the budding artists to push their creative boundaries.
The curriculum seamlessly integrates with Key Stage 2 objectives, enhancing not only artistic abilities but also supporting broader cognitive development. The children learn to observe, analyse, and articulate their ideas.
honing critical thinking skills essential for academic and personal growth.
The artist's expertise extends beyond technical proficiency; they inspire a deep appreciation for creativity and self-expression. Through hands-on artwork and thought-provoking discussions, the students develop a heightened awareness of the role art plays in shaping perspectives and enriching lives.
In this mixed-age Key Stage 2 group, the collaboration between budding talents and a seasoned artist results in a valuable experience. As the children discover the joy of artistic exploration, they not only acquire valuable skills but also lay the foundation for a lifelong appreciation of the arts.
The Great Outdoors
Nestled in the embrace of nature, the group embarks on an immersive journey, exploring the wonders of the great outdoors under the open sky. The mixed-aged group, ranging from eager Year 3s to seasoned Years 6s, find themselves amidst the rustling leaves and the whispers of the wind, creating a unique classroom experience that transcends conventional boundaries.
Led by passionate wild tribe educators, the children delve into the intricacies of the natural world. An emphasis of exploration unfolds as they observe, touch, and engage with the environment, fostering a profound connection with the ecosystems that surround them. The outdoor setting becomes a dynamic classroom where learning extends beyond textbooks, and curiosity takes root in the fertile soil beneath their feet.
Structured activities seamlessly blend with spontaneous discoveries, as the students investigate flora and fauna, identify bird calls, and marvel at the intricacies of insects. The mixed-age dynamic proves invaluable, as older students become mentors, sharing their knowledge, and nurturing a sense of responsibility towards the environment among their younger peers.
Hands-on experiences abound, from soil studies and plant identification to crafting nature-inspired art. The great outdoors becomes a canvas for learning, where each tree, rock, and stream hold a lesson waiting to be unveiled. Through guided discussions, the group explores topics ranging from sustainability to the delicate balance of ecosystems, instilling a deep appreciation for the importance of preserving the natural world.
Beyond academic objectives, the outdoor classroom cultivates teamwork, resilience, and a genuine love for the environment. As the mixed-aged Key Stage 2 group weaves its collective narrative beneath the expansive sky, these students not only learn about nature but also internalise the interconnectedness of all living things. The great outdoors serves as both a teacher and a muse, leaving an indelible mark on each child's understanding of the world around them.
Wildcard Research Project
In this mixed-aged Key Stage 2 group, students eagerly embark on a thrilling journey of exploration and self-directed learning with the guidance of adult facilitators. Together, they delve into the world of the unknown, crafting their own Wildcard Project, where each child chooses a subject of personal fascination, transforming the classroom into a dynamic hub of curiosity and discovery.
The diverse group, spanning various ages within Key Stage 2, benefits from a rich exchange of perspectives. Adult facilitators play a pivotal role, fostering an environment where every student's unique interests are not only acknowledged but celebrated. This collaborative approach empowers the children to take charge of their education, promoting a sense of autonomy and responsibility.
As the research phase unfolds, the room becomes a hive of activity. Students, armed with laptops, books, and a palpable sense of enthusiasm, immerse themselves in their chosen topics. Some may explore space phenomena, while others delve into historical mysteries or ecological wonders. The adult facilitators, adept at steering the research process, provide valuable insights, encourage critical thinking, and ensure the projects align with educational objectives.
The Wildcard Project is a celebration of diversity, as each child becomes a mini expert in their chosen field. The classroom echoes with collaborative discussions, with students sharing discoveries and seeking feedback from peers and facilitators. The melding of different age groups fosters mentorship, as older students guide their younger counterparts, creating a supportive learning ecosystem.
Presentation preparation marks the culmination of this educational adventure. The students, now budding researchers, and presenters, refine their public speaking skills, creating engaging narratives to convey their findings. The classroom transforms into a makeshift conference centre, with students taking turns to showcase their Wildcard Projects, leaving their audience captivated by a mosaic of subjects that reflect the group's collective curiosity and ingenuity.
Through this empowering journey, the mixed-aged Key Stage 2 group not only gains knowledge but also hones crucial skills in research, collaboration, and presentation—an experience that transcends traditional classroom boundaries, leaving an indelible mark on each student's educational voyage.
In the lively setting of a mixed-aged Key Stage 2 group, a unique collaboration unfolds as enthusiastic students join forces with coaches from the local championship football team. This dynamic partnership bridges the world of education and athletics, creating an environment where physical education extends beyond routine exercises and evolves into a vibrant learning experience.
The children, spanning the whole age range within Key Stage 2, find themselves at the intersection of academics and athleticism. The coaches, from the local championship football team, bring a wealth of expertise, passion, and a contagious energy to the group. Together, they embark on a journey that blends educational and physical pursuits, transforming the traditional notion of physical education.
The collaboration encompasses a variety of physical skills, weaving together elements of football with broader physical education objectives. Students engage in drills, teamwork exercises, and skill-building activities, all under the watchful guidance of the coach. The mixed-age dynamic proves instrumental, as older students become mentors, fostering a sense of camaraderie and shared achievement.
Beyond the field, the collaboration extends to discussions that integrate the principles of teamwork, discipline, and perseverance into the academic curriculum. The coaches become mentors in a holistic sense, imparting not only athletic prowess but also life skills that transcend the boundaries of the pitch.
As the partnership unfolds, a palpable sense of achievement and pride permeates the group. The mixed-aged Key Stage 2 group, guided by the local championship football team coach, not only hones their physical skills but also imbibes invaluable life lessons, creating a well-rounded educational experience that extends well beyond the traditional confines of the classroom.