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Education news: Sharp Thinking Skills

Matt Neil, teacher at Alleyn’s Junior School, tells us how to encourage sharp thinking skills in our children. How many uses are there for… a brick? I recently showed my form a picture of a house brick and asked them to think about different possible uses for it. The variety of responses was astonishing. Alongside the more obvious suggestions were a plethora of abstract and imaginative possibilities, including using it to squash (juice) fruit or heating it up to make a bed warmer! I asked this question to stimulate thinking skills. Learning lists of facts can be impressive but actually, knowledge-based learning techniques require the least amount of thought while good thinking challenges children to take their minds beyond what they already understand. Most children love the chance to think creatively and in doing so they will have to use more ‘brain power’. There are so many ways to do this: Get creative Encourage your child to invent a machine or a new product, design a building or a book cover, write a TV show, …

Alleyn’s anniversary year sees students post first-rate A-Level results

Boys and girls at co-educational Alleyn’s School in Dulwich achieve 30% A* grades during an auspicious anniversary year. Year 13 students at Alleyn’s have once again posted a very strong set of A level examination results, upholding the School’s long-held record of academic success. The grades add to the School’s many causes for celebration during 2019, which marks 400 years since Founder Edward Alleyn established his School. The headline results are: 30% of all grades awarded were at A* 68% of all grades awarded were at A* and A 89% of all grades awarded were at A*, A and B 16 students gained 3 A* grades or better 77 students gained at least 3 A* or A grades Both boys and girls performed very strongly at Alleyn’s, as befits one of the UK’s leading co-educational day schools. Headmaster Dr Gary Savage said: “We are truly delighted with our students’ A level achievements this year. Their results are well-deserved, and attest to their hard work and commitment to learning throughout their time at Alleyn’s. Our congratulations …

Education news: Adventures in the Great Outdoors

Richard Alldrick, Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Co-ordinator at Alleyn’s, tells us how to help our children get the benefits of being outdoors. Having seen countless children through their Bronze, Silver and Gold Duke of Edinburgh’s Awards over the last 20 years, Richard is a keen advocate of the scheme. Apart from its focus on volunteering and skills, it also gets young people into the great outdoors, which is especially valuable and healthy for our London-based children. We all know that getting active and being outside is good for our physical and mental health and many parents are keen to reduce screen time and encourage socialising – away from social media. The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award scheme is run by many schools and youth groups but there are plenty of other ways to get your child active outdoors – and the great news is that many of them are low-cost orfree. Get them while they are young Young children generally gravitate to all things natural. You can nurture this innate interest from a young age, with …

Alleyn’s Girls become ISFA National Champions!

Alleyn’s girls 1st XI footballers became the U18 Independent Schools Football Association Smith’s Construction National Cup Champions for the first time in the School’s history! After a strong season and an excellent performance in the semi-finals which took the team through to the National Cup Final for the second consecutive year, the girls made the journey to Bisham Abbey where they would face Oakham School who saw off favourites ACS Cobham in their own semi-final. It was clear from the kick-off that the Alleyn’s side was on the way to achieving something special. They produced a purposeful and determined performance; pressing hard all over the pitch, countering aggressively. Despite carrying a threat, Oakham could not cope with the pace that Alleyn’s set. When they broke through the lines, any attack was quickly snuffed out by Eleanor (Y12) who was composed and confident between the sticks. Elisabeth (Y12) scored an impressive hat-trick and when Oakham rallied to pull one back, Captain Honor (Y13) produced a spectacular strike to restore her team’s three goal lead. When Elisabeth latched onto …

Education news: Computer Whizz Kids

Robert Payne, teacher of ICT at Alleyn’s, on how to bring on our child’s knowledge of ICT. “Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn.” (Benjamin Franklin) Knowledge and experience of using computer systems is important in an ever-changing information society. Our children use a variety of computer-based technologies ranging from tablets, phones and games consoles and while they often seem to teach themselves some of the core computing skills, it is important to encourage them to use these tools effectively, creatively and most importantly, safely. Here are a few ways that may help to develop ICT knowledge in older primary school age children up into the early years of secondary school. Computer literacy Children can develop their creative skills through software applications, and if you follow your child’s particular interests in choosing how they do this they will engage fully. They might choose to design animated stories, games or scientific simulation using software such as Scratch, remix music using GarageBand, or use PowerPoint to create animated presentations …