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The Great Wall of Stillness!

The Reception Team at Stillness Infants School in Brockley had been researching ideas for the outside space and wanted to make something bright and colourful for the children. The area is an extension of the classroom and as such any images needed to complement the curriculum clearly defining each learning space. We decided to create individual panels that would provide backdrops for the topics covered throughout the year. A rainbow scene for ‘Once upon a Tale’ a unit that covers traditional fairy tales, a map of the World for our unit on travel ‘On the Move’ treasure maps and landscapes of London for role play etc, which was 48 meres in length. We had a limited budget to work with so wanted to be able to spend as much of the money we had on equipment, costumes and learning resources for the children.  Brock, father of Olive in Red class offered to help and organised with two other Dads, Neil and Lawrence to paint the scenes on the wall for us. Before the walls could …

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 …

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 …

How going ‘soft’ helps Sydenham High students get ‘tough’

The high levels of mental toughness delivered by Sydenham High School GDST’s student development and mental wellbeing programmes have been confirmed by new research 1. The research was conducted by leading psychometric test publisher AQR International for the Independent Schools Council (ISC) using the using a model which looks at important so-called ‘soft skills’ such as control, commitment, challenge and confidence. In the test, which defines mental toughness as the ‘mindset that every person adopts in everything they do’, nine and ten year old students (Year 5) at Sydenham High Junior School achieved a strong total score of 4.2. This is in line with the average across all ISC schools taking part1 and contrasts with the lower 3.94 recorded by state schools. It was also higher than the average score for all female pupils in the study (4.0). In addition, a number of students scored considerably above this, particularly for confidence, challenge and emotional control – some as high as 8-10. By performing at the top end of the scale, Sydenham High’s students show an exceptionally positive ‘can do attitude’; …