BLC Science Fair gets started at St Gabriel’s College

The first groups of year 5s from Archbishop Sumner, Loughborough and St John Divine Primaries got together this afternoon to start planning their experiments for the Science Fair to be hosted at St Gabriel’s College in March. Lots of interesting discussion was going on amongst the teams, keen to chose a question that hadn’t been done in previous science fairs. Looking forward to seeing the work develop!Here’s an example of some of last year’s work.

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Looking forward to a busy New Year for BLC

Happy New Year to everyone in our school community! It looks to be a busy term ahead. Schools from across the cluster are working together on a number of projects including:
* our Science Fair for year 5s and year 9s, led by St Gabriel’s College
*our first primary girls football tournament
*Photography to support learning in Reception classes
*Young Theatre Makers workshops with Arts Bridge including a half term drama programme
*a Make Theatre day at the National theatre looking at lighting and sound design
* writing moderations across all year groups from Reception through to Year 6
*maths moderation for year 2 teachers
* training with NACE for teachers looking at developing metacognition skills
* SBMS and SLT briefing from Judicium on the new GDPR and further networking support on this across the cluster.
*year 12s from EGA promoting reading in primary schools
*piloting peer marking in our working party schools
* EYFS forum meeting focussing on creating opportunities for writing
In addition our Heads and Senior leaders will be holding their regular termly meetings and carrying out learning walks in each other’s schools.

Looking forward to giving updates on all these activities in the weeks to come.

EYFS forum meeting

In the fading light yesterday evening, representatives from our EYFS teams met at St John Divine Primary to discuss outdoor activities and facilities in our schools. St John’s have been doing a lot of development in their outdoor space which now boasts a mud kitchen, sand pit, water play and lots of sheds for storing activity resources including art materials, dressing up clothes and books. The group discussed the merits of children self selecting activities and how it encouraged them to take ownership of their spaces. Often a few key children lead others into activities. Hill Mead have been looking at the book Diggersaurs which has inspired lots of digging activities outdoors. Loughborough take a CD player outside and children can put on CDs and dance. Some of our schools took part in a programme of active maths last year which included putting together a maths challenge obstacle course outside for the children. Next term our forum will focus on writing activities for Nursery and Reception followed by some Reception moderation across the cluster in term 4. Many thanks to everyone who attended and to St John’s for hosting.

Black Sound performance – Pegasus Opera project