Schools and nurseries tell us what they’ve been up to this spring.
In our round-up of April education news we encounter beach school, forest clearing, a taster day and a new nursery offering.
Explore Creativity: Art & Music Taster at TASIS England Early Years
TASIS England is opening its classrooms for a chance for local families to meet the school’s specialist Arts Teachers and participate in a fun art and music lesson on 12 May.
Offering a fantastic opportunity for parents of young children to visit its stunning campus in Thorpe, Surrey, TASIS England will give their Early Years children aged 2 to 4 the chance to show off their creativity in classes.
Students at TASIS have access to a range of specialist teachers each week. They attend Music, Physical Education, Art, and Library classes along with developing their social skills in lessons with the Lower School Counselor.
Melodi Jordan, Head of Lower School, explained, “We believe in educating the whole child, and we focus on both excellent academics and co-curricular classes that provide opportunities for the students to discover different areas of learning, explore their personal interests, and develop friendships with students from around the world. Opening our classrooms to the community will enable us to show the experience our students enjoy on a daily basis here at TASIS England.”
If you’d like to learn more about TASIS Lower School, head to our piece by Meloni Jordan which should answer your questions if you’re considering an international primary school.
Eaton Square Nursery Schools expand to Pimlico
Eaton Square Prep School is launching another Nursery School this September in Pimlico. ‘The Nest’ will welcome children aged 2-4 years old and follow the same fun yet calm; energizing yet nurturing ethos and design as all existing Eaton Square Nursery Schools. Located in a brand new space that champions learning through play, families can expect a nature-inspired setting, one that emboldens learning, nurtures all-round development and feels like home.
The setting of ‘The Nest’ itself will nurture children’s maths skills, fine motor skills, phonics and an understanding of both space and shape. Located just moments from St George’s Park, children will enjoy plenty of outdoor play. It is also a short walk from Eaton Square Prep School, enabling a smooth transition into Reception for those already looking ahead; and indeed for parent drop-offs of older siblings!
Beachlife at Brighton College Nursery
Outdoor learning at Brighton College is a little different with the beach right on the doorstep. Supplied with snacks, gloves and high-vis young nursery pupils have an action-packed time at the seaside, learning about water safety, protecting the coastline and using nature for art. The initiative continues up the school as children in reception and beyond enjoy their local environment.
Tech-savvy Cobham students wow at UK leading EdTech show
Digital-savvy students from ACS International School Cobham showcased their Augmented Reality (AR) design solutions to the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals, at the world’s largest education technology show, the BETT Show in London. Students from the school’s Digital Design Club, all aged 10 – 14, presented their designs alongside Academia, an organisation which helps schools and other institutions get the very best from their technology, and ensuring digital technology is being used effectively.
At the school’s Digital Design Club, students have used a variety of digital design tools to bring their ideas to life in immersive ways. One Grade 6 student created a diverse garden with wildflowers and logs aimed at encouraging more bees and insects to thrive, all built on a lidar scanned 3D model of the physical campus space used.
Lyndsey Stuttard, Digital Teaching and Learning Specialist at ACS International School Cobham, also gave a keynote speech at the show about how to bring AR into the classroom with an iPad.
School Works Hard To Keep Woodland in Rude Health
Work has been undertaken on the 175-acre site of Highfield and Brookham Schools over the winter months to ensure that its vast woodland continues to flourish for years to come. Coppicing, thinning and removal has taken place around the outdoor learning site which will improve the canopy and health of remining trees and forest floor.
To offset the culling and thinning, the school has undergone a large-scale replanting project, primarily involving native trees. Maples, chestnut, beech and birch trees are a big part of the replanting process.
The school, which aims to be carbon neutral by 2030, has most recently secured a silver Green South Downs sustainability certificate from Green Tourism following a successful pilot project run in conjunction with the South Downs National Park Authority.