‘Vive la France’
Our recent ISI report stated that ‘pupil’s exemplary attitudes are supported by creative and engaging teaching which enables them to become highly effective learners.’
This was lovely to read, and it is even lovelier to see in practice! Just one example of this is Year 2’s topic ‘Vive la France’ which has encompassed lots of innovative cross-curricular learning. The children were gripped by the story of paratroopers liberating the town of St Mere Eglise and set about constructing their own parachutes, investigating the forces of air resistance and gravity. They were fascinated to hear about Louis Bleriot and his quest to become the first man to fly across the English Channel. Following in his footsteps they designed and launched their own planes on an exciting maiden voyage across (and into!) the school pool.
The Science Week themes of ‘Structure and Materials’ also provided lots of scope for French-related activities, as the Year 2 children used their knowledge of equilateral triangles to construct the iconic pyramid at The Louvre, leant fascinating facts about the Eiffel Tower and then built their own from spaghetti, and then followed up with lots of tricky calculations on buildings of different sizes.