It’s wonderful to see the school grounds bursting with springtime colour as we return to school after half term. The next few weeks are filled with some of our favourite annual events. Please check out our spring term calendar to see what we have in store.
It was a year ago that we launched our STEAM approach to learning with it being fully integrated into the curriculum. The children are thriving on this problem solving and thinking based approach to their learning. Levels of confidence, perseverance and resilience have risen, along with academic achievement which we are delighted to see. To further support this approach and to begin developing future learning skills that our young children will need, we have moved forward with the CPA (concrete, pictorial, abstract) method of teaching mathematics. Independent mathematical thinking based on a problem-solving approach starts right from First Steps, through Ashtead Pre-Prep and now on into the Main School. Last half term, at a Maths Curriculum evening, we shared this approach to learning mathematical concepts and how it is delivered in each year group. If you would like to understand more about this method, please ask for a leaflet and also pop in to chat to the teachers who will be very happy to discuss the CPA approach.
Following on from our very successful Eco-Week, our Eco Champions will be meeting and planning for the next steps we can take as a school to achieve an ‘Eco Schools, Bronze Award’. Raising awareness in our children of broader issues that are affecting our world is vital if we want to preserve our planet for their futures. Hopefully, they are also championing our school actions at home. Please let us know of actions you or your child are taking, particularly when promoting ‘Reduce, Reuse, Recycle’, as it would be wonderful to share these ideas with all our families.
The events that the children are most looking forward to this term are World Book Day, Bring a Relative to Lunch (Year One) and ‘Get Messy’ Day. All of this plus a wealth of learning makes our school a great place to be.
To keep up with all that is happening at school, please keep an eye on the website news, the weekly newsletter or follow us on Twitter or Facebook @DownsendSchool and now also on Instagram @downsendschoolsurrey to catch up with our latest activities.
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