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Challenge Seeking Years 5-8 Embrace the New Normal

Posted: 1st October 2020

Challenge Seeking Years 5-8 Embrace the New Normal

So far this year the children in the Senior Years at Skippers have been pushing themselves so far that they are staring into the unknown realms, their challenge seeking knows no bounds!
It has been brilliant to see the children delving into their learning and asking thought provoking questions. As teachers we are responsible for challenging the children to increase their understanding of the curriculum topics and identify methods to engage them in their learning.

The children in Year 5 and 6 have been exploring the story of Peter Pan, identifying the characters and unpicking the script. They are learning the story in their English lessons and this is being supported in Performing Arts lessons as they prepare to perform their own, Skippers version of Peter Pan. 
Year 7 and 8 have begun their year exploring the topics of Sussex and Food in their GSE lessons. The challenge seeking, adrenaline junkies that are Year 7 took to the high seas on kayaks and paddle boards, identifying the geographical features of the River Cuckmere and Birling Gap before putting their knowledge into their Tourism E-Books. Year 8 have been exploring the role of the condiment, the often overlooked and taken for granted accompaniment to dinners. Through the geography and history lessons, they have explored the development of this meal time supplement, identifying their humble routes and comparing them to the behemoths such as Heinz today. The children are updating their Kloodle profiles and identifying how they need to challenge themselves to reach their goals. This reflection has helped them to explore their strengths and weaknesses - the ability to critically reflect on their own learning and skill set is a challenge for all and I have been very impressed with the great strides the children in Year 7 and 8 have made already. This is excellent preparation for their senior school applications and preparation for interviews. 
For many of the children here at Skippers, the biggest challenge has been the adjustments made to cater for the year group bubbles and not having the same level of interaction between the older children and their younger counterparts. It has, however, been great that some of the older children in the school have been able to record videos of them reading books for the younger children. As well as this, some children in Year 6 are developing their own maths videos to share with the children outside of their year groups to explain and extend their knowledge.

The challenges that we are all facing have not stopped the children from maintaining a sense of community in this new normal and it is this challenge seeking behaviour and focus on family and wellbeing which makes me very proud to be a part of the Skippers family. 

Matthew Minister

Click here to view photos of the Year 7s at Cuckmere Haven 

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