The Reception class has had a fantastic start to the new school year and the children have been busy settling in and getting to know each other really well. They are well underway with their new topic about Colours after an exciting start to their term learning about Dinosaurs. They have all enjoyed exploring Broadclyst’s new EYFS outdoor area and have been very excited to tell us about the different things they did in the new performance and music area, the role-play summer house and the water and sand areas.
As well as learning about different colours, the children have been thinking about why Elmer, the colourful elephant, is so very special. They have had some fantastic ideas based around what makes her different and have related this to talking about what makes them unique too! They have been learning about the different parts of the body and have used real-life x-rays and pictures to piece together their very own labelled ‘body’. There has been much fun in the doctor’s surgery, where children have been brought in with a ‘range of ailments and diagnoses’.
This week, the Express & Echo newspaper came into school and took our class photograph. The children have already said how excited they are to see their photographs published in the newspaper soon!
The Global Enterprise Challenge begins in 20 countries around the world in one week's time.
If your school or classroom has decided to take part in the Global Enterprise Challenge (GEC) – and I hope you have – you will soon meet Chloe Farrant. As the GEC Project Coordinator, Farrant is front and center with the schools and staff taking part in the challenge, which kicks off next month.
Farrant, an educator at Broadclyst Community Primary School (a Microsoft Mentor School), plays a key role in the project, ensuring it runs smoothly from start to finish, and working closely with each of the Enterprise Challenge schools from around the globe. Whether it’s managing project deadlines, working with the sponsor companies, or simply ensuring the program’s success, Farrant has it covered. She has been a part of the global partnership projects at Broadclyst for nearly a decade, travelling to partner schools, forging relationships and technology links, and expanding the school’s scope and purview globally.
“The defining moment in my educational career was when I travelled to a partner school in Ethiopia and was able to reflect on my own practice and what the essence of education was all about,” says Farrant. “Many of the teachers were volunteers who wished to provide an education for the children. It proved to me that teaching is not a job but a vocation and we are all in it ultimately for the same purpose; to provide our children with the best possible opportunities in life. It makes me extremely proud to work in education, to work alongside these inspirational people and share my experiences with our pupils, teaching them that we are privileged to be provided with so many opportunities in life.”
I’m proud to share today’s Daily Edventure with Chloe Farrant…and hope you will soon get to know her personally, as a participant in the Global Enterprise Challenge (It’s not too late to sign up - registration closes on September 30).
Please tell us the story of what inspired you to become an educator. Can you think of a particular moment in your life when you realized education was the right field for you? Was there a person in your life (teacher, relative, etc.) who inspired you?
My inspiration to become an educator stemmed from my father, a natural teacher who never had to opportunity in his life to pursue this career. He had a gift to inspire and explain things to me in a way that made anything achievable and he made me want to inspire others. Now I know education is the right field for me as I continue to be inspired by the individual people around me (pupils, parents, teachers, support staff and community members).
Why do you feel passionate about innovation and technology in the classroom? Can you share a particular instance in which technology helped transform the work of your students (share specific project descriptions and results if possible)?
Our children will be digital citizens and our responsibility as educators is to equip our students with relevant, purposeful knowledge and skills to develop into responsible adults. Using technology in the classroom has revolutionized teaching and helps to support and engage every student. Through technology, a class project does not need to be static, set within the four walls of the classroom. A child can use a green-screen and video editing to digitally travel to Egypt and discover Tutankhamen’s tomb! They can broadcast the discovery, travel through time to interview Howard Carter, create an online newspaper; hold debate with their friends on OneNote and add fact and information to their Wiki. Technology has made the possibilities within education endless!
Whether it’s a day-to-day challenge or larger problem, what’s the biggest obstacle you or your country or region has had to overcome, or will have to overcome, to ensure a quality education for students?
In our region, the day-to-day challenge has been to develop a curriculum that is broad, relevant and challenging in a fast-paced society. As we and society are changing, so are the relevant skills and expectations on children. Our pupils are acquiring the knowledge and skills to equip them for the future in a relevant and purposeful way. It’s not about teaching the ABC’s of skills, but allowing children to take risks and deal with real-life problems, as this is what they will be dealing with in their adult lives. Working in Broadclyst Primary, a technologically advanced school, our challenge has been to work with others to promote children into being life-long learners.
In terms of education innovation, what are you most excited about for the future? What is your biggest hope for today’s students?
I’m excited about the opportunities that technology offers us, that education transcends the walls of the classrooms or school. That children can communicate with others across the world. That educators can plan and work together, and support one another to reflect and develop best practices in the classroom and develop a rich and dynamic curriculum.
As an educator, my biggest hope is to nurture and develop today’s children, our future, into sympathetic, respectful and responsible citizens.
About Chloe Farrant
GEC Coordinator/Specialist Art Teacher
Broadclyst Community Primary School
Birthplace: Torbay, Devon, England
Educational background: Degree in Art History, Primary Postgraduate Certificate of Education
Website I check every day: BBC News
Favorite childhood memory: Spending time with my family on campervan holidays.
Favorite book: Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden
Favorite Microsoft product, tool, technology: Currently I love Office 365 for the impact it is having on children’s ability to collaborate and present their thinking in diverse and dynamic ways.
What is the best advice you have ever received? Those who never made a mistake never made anything.
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Mr Bishop welcomes everyone back from their summer holiday, and explains many of the exciting projects and opportunities that the Autumn term will bring in school.
The traditional end-of-school-year football match between the Year 6 team (average age 10.75 years) and the staff (average age 32.75) took place this afternoon. The staff team included Mr James, Miss Hawkins, Mr Lees, Mr Beevor and Mr Pitts, and even I made an appearance on the pitch. The school field was lined with children and staff, enjoying the shade under the trees, on what could possibly have been the hottest day of the year. The first goal was scored in the second minute and the crowd went wild as we were forced to play catch up! At the end of the second half it was a draw and after penalties we beat the children 9-6.
The new school CD is currently being prepared. If you would like to order any you can follow the link on Wisepay to make a donation.
Listen to the School Singers MegaMix for extracts from each of the songs
It was the Leavers' Assembly this morning. The Victory Hall was full, with over 100 parents and children from Years 4, 5 and 6. As well as celebrating the achievements of all the children, 16 awards and trophies were handed out for Sports, Arts, Endeavour, Effort, Citizenship, Achievement, Academic Prowess and Dedication to the School. The long-anticipated Enterprise Challenge Trophy was won by Recycle and Re-use. All of the children in Year 6 sang The Best Day Of Your Life, led by Kiera, and a thank-you speech was read by Brandon. It was an emotional time for many of the children and parents.