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Education News: Exciting Science

Ben Jones, Director of Science at Alleyn’s, on how to use the Scientific Method to encourage and feed children’s curiosity. It has become a mantra within the Alleyn’s science department that our aim is to encourage and to feed curiosity. But what makes our job as science teachers so enjoyable is that children are born curious. It stands to reason, therefore, that exciting children about science at home should be simple. Give your child a slinky spring and that should keep them occupied for the day and lead them to a complete understanding of the cosmos! Or not. A starting point when considering how to excite our children in science may well be to refer to the birth of modern science itself, and the development of the scientific method. So, in the style of Francis Bacon, here are some top tips: Encourage questions The scientific method starts when you ask a question about something that you observe, so listen to your child’s questions about the world around them and encourage them to ask more. Encourage …

Dulwich: A College, a Gallery and a Nation’s appreciation of Art

In 2019 Dulwich College will celebrate its 400th anniversary. To mark this milestone the College has created a lecture series, each reflecting an aspect of the College’s life and history. The series has been named after one of the College’s most influential Old Alleynians. This is the eighth lecture in the series and will be held on Thursday 8 June 2017, 6.30-9pm, Dulwich College. In Conversation: Dr Gabriele Finaldi OA and Director of the National Gallery with Dr Xavier Bray, former Curator of Dulwich Picture Gallery and now Director of The Wallace Collection. The evening will be chaired by Jennifer Scott, the new Sackler Director of Dulwich Picture Gallery, which this year celebrates its 200th anniversary of opening to the public. Dr Gabriele Finaldi left Dulwich College in 1984. He studied Art History at the Courtauld Institute. After working at the National Gallery, 1992-2002, he was appointed Deputy Director for Collections and Research at the Museo Nacional del Prado, Madrid. He became Director of the National Gallery in 2015. Dr Xavier Bray became Director of the Wallace …

Sydenham High School D’Art 2017 show opens

Sydenham High’s 130th birthday celebrations continue this week with the launch of this year’s D’Art creative exhibition. Showcasing the very best of the school’s talented artists and designers, the acclaimed annual school exhibition will feature A level and GCSE exam pieces as well as work from Year 3 at Junior School. Praised by the Managing Director of Conran and Partners for demonstrating exceptional creativity and originality, the annual show features artworks in a variety of media plus many 3D pieces that would not look out of place in a West End design store. The show will be officially opened by new Headmistress Mrs Katharine Woodcock and this year’s guest of honour: Rachel D’Cruze, Managing Director of Sydenham Arts, on Monday 22 May at a Private View evening for students, parents, staff and specially invited guests. It will then play host to creative workshop sessions for students and exam moderation till Thursday 25 May. Sydenham High has been a patron of Sydenham Arts since 2015 and the school has already collaborated with them on a number of projects, the …

How to generate and sustain a love of sport in your child

We are all well versed in the benefits our children gain from regular sport and physical activity. But how do we encourage them to love sport from a young age, and then sustain that enthusiasm? Kevin Molloy, Director of Sport at Alleyn’s Junior School in Dulwich provides some top tips to help you and your child get the ball rolling. MAKE IT FUN There is plenty of time for learning techniques and tactics. Let children experience the thrill of moving and playing. As the great West Indian cricketer Sir Vivian Richards said, “Once they have experienced the thrill of smashing the ball to all parts, the pain of getting out will be enough motivation for them to seek you out and learn how to be patient and defend.” FUNDAMENTALS Don’t jeopardise the fun element but do encourage the basics. Agility, balance, co-ordination and speed are attributes that will stand children in good stead. These core physical qualities, allied with the natural motivation to be active, mean your child is now well on the road towards …

Word Up

Happily, there are many ways to support your child with dyslexia, say Louise van der Valk and Patricia Reed, Heads of Learning Support at Alleyn’s School and Alleyn’s Junior School. Dyslexia is a learning difficulty that often runs in families, and which primarily affects the skills involved in accurate and fluent word reading and spelling. Nowadays, there are many strategies available to support children with the condition. Liaise with your child’s school If you are concerned that your child may have dyslexia, your first port of call should be their class teacher, to discuss your concerns and receive their advice. They may well refer your child to the school’s SENCo (Special Educational Needs Coordinator or similar) to investigate further and to assess whether specific support may be required. Whilst intervention may begin in Reception for children who seem to struggle to acquire basic literacy and reading skills, a school also has to allow for the varying pace of the acquisition of literacy skills. This may mean that a formal diagnosis may not be immediately forthcoming; …