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The cutting edge of excellence in education
Rachel Roots

Curriculum design in the UK has remained largely unchanged since the industrial revolution, yet the need for citizens who can simply memorise has passed. The modern world now demands that our children also have the skills to take facts and apply them in new and creative ways.

Discussions at this year’s World Economic Forum highlighted the need to rethink how education systems function, and how schools can support children as we move into a future characterised by change and disruptive technologies. 


Curriculum design in the UK has remained largely unchanged since the industrial revolution, yet the need for citizens who can simply memorise has passed. The modern world now demands that our children also have the skills to take facts and apply them in new and creative ways.

The most critical skills for the future will be “…research skills, the ability to find information, synthesise it, make something of it.” Minouche Shafik (Director, London School of Economics)
 

Here at ISL Surrey Primary School, this is part of what we do every day. Our children work in a diverse environment, instinctively looking for new approaches when faced with a problem; our teachers design projects that require students to take the knowledge they already have and broaden it; students critically appraise their assumptions, and look to peers and experts alike for complementary knowledge and skills, pushing their understanding ever further; they develop the ability to apply knowledge across subjects and in real-world situations; and vitally, they are given the opportunity to communicate this learning to those around them with confidence and clarity.

 

The music therapy research being conducted by our current primary students is just one example of how these ideas can deepen and advance learning - students in years 5 and 6 are collaborating with local professionals to devise a music therapy programme for the residents of a care home in Woking. This is being delivered over several weeks, and the children are researching the impact of the programme on the residents’ well-being – observing, gathering information and reflecting on the results. 

Within the classroom, they are also investigating the mechanism of hearing, the impact of music on the brain, while learning what therapy is, and how it impacts well-being in a broader context. In music lessons, they are creating music that responds to what they have observed. 

In this way, learning moves beyond a lesson on the anatomy of the ear, and activities are so much more than charitable visits. Biology, music, psychology and genuine community engagement are integrated into a project that requires the synthesis of information into something new.


These are sophisticated skills, which are often considered beyond primary-aged children - but ISL Surrey Primary School students disprove this. From an early age, these skills are central to their whole school experience. They are part of a learning community which challenges them and which they play a fundamental role in creating.
 

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  • Music
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Spring Sporty Students at ISL Surrey Primary
Rachel Roots

Since Spring break, our sporty students have been involved in a number of exciting activities, including…

 

·       taking part in a netball, basketball and football tournament, with ACS Egham and Repton School, Dubai. The children played all three sports across one afternoon, with wins in football and netball. Well done to our teams!

 

·       competing in our first golf competition, coming 5th overall, which was a fabulous achievement for our first-time golf players! The children enjoyed it so much we will be purchasing tri-golf equipment and introducing it into the PE curriculum.

 

·       exploring the fundamental skills of badminton in a Badminton Festival.

 

·       preparing for upcoming tournaments and matches in our summer sports of rounders, cricket and athletics.

 

Golf Competition

 

 

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  • Sports
  • Teamwork
Highest Commendation for ISL UK Schools
Rachel Roots

Last Thursday evening, the International School of London and ISL Surrey Primary School were delighted to be awarded the ‘Highest Commendation Award’ in the category of ‘School Offering Outstanding Support’ at the prestigious Relocate Awards 2018.

Relocate Award Winner 2018

Last Thursday evening, the International School of London and ISL Surrey Primary School were delighted to be awarded the ‘Highest Commendation Award’ in the category of ‘School Offering Outstanding Support’ at the prestigious Relocate Awards 2018.  The ISL UK Schools are the only award international schools in the UK, who place the whole family and staff at the heart of everything they do.  ISL Surrey Primary School won the award for ‘Excellence in Family and Employee Support’ in 2013 and in being recognised again this year, the ISL UK Schools continue to show their expertise and passion in this area.

“While mobility amongst students, family and staff is part of being in an international school, we know that one of the critical factors in settling into a new community is the support received. We believe that academic potential cannot be reached unless our basic needs are met and this is why we set up our Transitions team -  to ensure that every single member of our community; students, parents and staff belongs.  We are absolutely thrilled to have been recognised for our ongoing support and commitment to our community.” Claudine Hakim, Head of Admissions, Transitions and External Relations, ISL UK Schools.

“I think the quality of the International School of London transition comes down to 2 key factors; one is the school size – big enough to matter and small enough to allow quick familiarity and human contact.  Second is the school community, a feeling of togetherness which is spontaneous, caring and informal.  Sometimes you feel you made the right choice in life – for us choosing International School of London feels like one of those rare occasions.”  Evangelos (parent, International School of London)

“Our two boys came home happy on day one.  The very warm welcome by the teachers, children and their buddies, the understanding of their needs and attention made them feel safe and welcomed. . . . Today, 3 years on, now chair of the PTA and I still feel as strongly about the school as I did after those first few weeks.” Camilla (parent ISL Surrey Primary School) 

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Forest School for literacy
Rachel Roots

Year 2 were given an exciting challenge during their Forest School time this week. Each child was given clay and invited to create a ‘Forest Creature’. They used foliage and objects foraged from the forest floor to give their new friends a physical form suited to their unique personalities. The children named their new friends and found a home for them in the forest, before writing their life story - why they were there, where they had come from and what they were going to do whilst visiting our forest.

The children wove elaborate and quite brilliant tales, by fully immersing themselves in their new friends’ worlds. Each child got the opportunity to introduce their Forest Creatures to the rest of the group, to tell them all about the unique characteristics and the story behind who their creatures were. Back in the classroom, the children took their ‘Forest Creatures’ stories and published them as part of their weekly literacy work.

Forest School and Literacy

This is an excellent example of the cross-curricular approach that we practise at ISL Surrey Primary School. From Forest School to classroom, by truly engaging the children in a multisensory way, the children excel and produce amazing work that they can enjoy sharing, and of which they can be proud.

  • Forest School
  • Learningoutsidetheclassroom
  • Literacy
  • Outdoor Classroom
Gardening Club Initiatives
Rachel Roots

Our Gardening Club have been busy planting 'mini edible garden' tubs

Members of our newly formed gardening club have also been rapidly acquiring gardening, harvesting and preserving skills and are eager to share them; they have been planting some 'mini edible gardens' as a garden fundraiser.

These pots or baskets have various vegetable plants suitable for container growing, an herb plant and edible flowers!

They are available for purchase this week.

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  • Learningoutsidetheclassroom