Student Showcase

Student Showcase

We encourage our children to showcase their learning in different ways, often with a performance element. In this section we give examples of the ways our children learn and demonstrate their understanding in different areas of the curriculum.

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IPC Unit Example: MP1- 'A day in the life'.

Student Showcase 'A day in the life'



MP1 learnt about the English artist LS Lowry. He was born in Lancashire and became famous for painting industrial landscapes of the area he lived in. These paintings depict vividly, the hard working life of the time, including the smokey atmosphere and drudgery.

The children noticed how the body language of the people showed they were tired, the factories billowing out smoke and dirt. They also talked about the way Lowry laid paint on in thick strokes outlining the buildings and characters in black to make them stand out even more.

The learning focused on children commenting on the materials used and how their own work could be improved. The children in Year 1 are learning how to self assess their learning, using vocabulary of Beginning, Developing or Mastering in a particular skill, they are really honest about their evaluations. In Y2 they are moving from Beginning to Developing. All children in the Milepost are learning to identify what they may need to do next to improve.
We loved this aspect of 'A Day in the Life' and the natural enquiry from the children led us to explore how children had to work in the past and what were the worst 5 jobs in history for children. We certainly developed empathy as we conducted our research.

MP1 learnt about the English artist LS Lowry. He was born in Lancashire and became famous for painting industrial landscapes of the area he lived in. These paintings depict vividly, the hard working life of the time, including the smoky atmosphere and drudgery.

The children noticed how the body language of the people showed they were tired, the factories billowing out smoke and dirt. They also talked about the way Lowry laid paint on in thick strokes outlining the buildings and characters in black to make them stand out even more.

The learning focused on children commenting on the materials used and how their own work could be improved. The children in Year 1 are learning how to self assess their learning, using vocabulary of Beginning, Developing or Mastering in a particular skill, they are really honest about their evaluations. In Y2 they are moving from Beginning to Developing. All children in the Milepost are learning to identify what they may need to do next to improve.
We loved this aspect of 'A Day in the Life' and the natural enquiry from the children led us to explore how children had to work in the past and what were the worst 5 jobs in history for children. We certainly developed empathy as we conducted our research.


IPC Unit Example: MP1- The Magic Toy Maker

The Magic Toymaker

Mile Post 1 shared recently their exit point with parents.

They have been learning about toys through History, Science, Technology, Maths and story telling in English. Both classes prepared two activities which depended on each child creating a board game linked to their maths learning of addition and subtraction to 100.

They had to create rules and explain how to play with their parents. It was a joy to see the families enjoying the games and chatting in their mother tongue. Working collaboratively, the children made puppets using technology skills. They prepared a show based on their own choice of a story about toys and performed it in the Black Box.


The exit point showed personalised learning and collaboration with all students using their voices and making choices about the way their own learning developed through a connecting theme.

IPC Unit Example: MP2- Chocolate

Chocolate Tasting

Milepost 2 welcomed a visitor from a local chocolate factory who showed the students the main ingredients to making chocolate.

Students felt the texture of cocoa pods and learned the process of chocolate making. They designed and packaged their own chocolates mixing in delicious pretzels, gummy bears and dried fruit.

IPC Unit Example: MP3- Space Explorers

Space Explorers

For this unit, Year 5 and 6 demonstrated their ability to ask big questions about space whilst engaged in a whole range of exciting tasks. For one particular task, the children worked cooperatively to investigate how light acts in different situations, driven by a whole range of student questions.

Students also had the opportunity to create fair tests when exploring meteors, make movies using iPads about phases of the moon and design their very own Mars Rovers for Technology.

Students were then able to share their understanding during their Exit Point before concluding the unit with a visit from an astronomer, where the pupils wowed the visitor with their knowledge and further questions about space!

IPC Unit Example: MP3- Science and Technology Extravaganza

Making Slime

As part of the science unit, Making New Materials, Year 5 and 6 have been exploring, investigating and having fun with Science and Technology! It all started with a full day extravaganza led by Lydia from Blast Science. The children were fully engaged and captivated in Science learning from the start of the school day until the end! They explored a variety of materials, whilst making potions, slime, fake blood, chemical reactions, flying pixies and lava lamps to name but a few. Lydia was amazed by the children’s thinking skills and the confidence they demonstrated when approaching problem solving.

The following week saw the budding scientists designing their own fair tests as they investigated solids in liquids, heating solids and chemical reactions. Their shock at adding bicarbonate of soda to lemon juice was a memorable event. Their science learning concluded in the science lab as they experienced first-hand evaporation and mini explosions whilst using the Bunsen burners.

The children also made their own homemade clay in Technology and thought about the improvements that could be made whilst comparing it to pre-existing materials. They also explored a simple polymer using cornflour and water before designing and making the packaging for its manufacture.