This is how we teach Topic

On Monday 23rd March, Mr Gill (Year 6) conducted a parents workshop looking at how Topic is taught at Robert Blair. During this fantastic morning, Mr Gill started by modelling a lesson, then discussed how we plan Topic in school and finally looked at the Curriculum Drivers (aspiration, creativity, collaboration, resilience) and how they are used in our teaching of Topic.

Below are the models created by the parents, where they had to build there own bridges to support as much weight as possible.

Maths at Home – A fantastic new resource on London Grid For Learning (LGFL)

http://www.lgfl.net/curriculum-resources/Pages/mathsathome.aspx

The Maths at home resource is designed to provide support for busy parents that wish to help their child with their mathematical development at home. A video has been made for each statement in the Key Stage Two National Curriculum. Each video is a snapshot of how many schools may teach the particular strand, and also provides examples of how parents could support their child at home. Where appropriate, video content is reinforced with a selection of downloadable resources.

Maths at home videos are designed to feel like they are taking place on a table at home, encouraging communication, conversation and lots of fun while working on them.  The video resources are designed to bring Maths to life, highlighting learning opportunities within cookery, play, decorating and gardening. Most importantly, they are designed to ignite conversations between children and parents, and to make Maths a positive and enjoyable experience outside of school.

All children have been given login details for LGFL.

A Key Stage 1 version of the resource is in development with a planned launch of late Spring 2015.

Discovering the Brain

Our children had their first assembly of the Year of the Growth Mindset on discovering the brain.

They learnt that our brain contains billions of neurons; some of these are connected and some others are floating about. Neurons have an important role: when we learn something new, neurons connect together. The better we know something, the stronger the connection! We saw that if someone decides that an activity is just to hard and gives up, the connection between neurons will stay weak or break completely.

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Following this assembly, we set up the Spring behaviour for learning goal: WE TAKE RISKS IN ORDER TO IMPROVE OUR LEARNING 

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We have launched the Year of the Growth Mindset!

YOGM reminders

Building on our previous work with the children in developing positive learning behaviours through resilience, this year we are focussing on Growth Mindsets – where children understand that their intelligence is not something that is fixed and cannot be changed, rather it can grow as they use it.

A child’s mindset, or personal view of their own intelligence, affects their motivation to learn and their aspiration to achieve. We are aiming for each child to develop a Growth Mindset where they love learning, they value effort and they persist in the face of obstacles.

Our school motto for The Year of Growth Mindset is:

All of us can achieve great things with

  • effort;
  • motivation;
  • perseverance; and
  • support.

Arts Week

Pupils and adults had a fantastic time during the Arts Week! You can visit the School Gallery to see some of their work.

You are invited to visit the art exhibition of the works produced by the children of Robert Blair during parents evenings on Tuesday 21st and Wednesday 22nd October.

This exhibition will to launch our year-long Brewery Rd Art Project on the theme of Belonging.