Tuesday, 27 November 2012

Welly Cupboard

Without doubt my favourite sign seen on a school door for just ages is the Welly cupboard sign above.  I spotted it in a fantastic primary school in Wales. 

Interestingly, if you opened the door, it was full of ...... Welly boots. Pupils stored them there to use as part of a forest school project.  It's just fun and colourful and say what it does, rather the anonymous 'storeroom' we so much of!  

(Pity about the sticky tape though....)

Thursday, 8 November 2012

Big Scale Display...

I love it when I go into schools and see display that really catches my eye.  

Enter one primary technology classroom - massive models everywhere, hanging from walls, ceilings and from tables.  They were fantastic, creative and eye catching.  Having said that, there were lots of smaller projects following both simple and complex design briefs with good evaluations.  Everyone I spoke to loved the work and the motivation of students engaged with them.  It was not just about spectacular models but about the real design, learning and evaluation opportunities that creating them provided. Just fabulous!

Energy Walls

Visiting a primary school in London recently I saw that the new sports hall wall is totally covered with photovoltaic cells.  This is the first time that I have seen quite such a dense coverage on walls in a UK school.

Obviously this is a massive learning aid and I was pleased to see a real focus on energy creation, usage etc in the foyer as I entered the school.  It is clearly an ongoing major curriculum project. 

Despite government initiatives and resources I still visit far too many schools that do not explore the basic energy use learning opportunities available in their own schools. As energy gets increasingly expensive and as sustainability with alternative power sources becoming national agenda items it's a real shame that more schools don't focus on it. 

What a wasted chance!