One of the biggest, but most important aspects of retaining the attention and enthusiasm of a class is in the variety of the activities presented. Keeping lessons and activities as fresh and exciting as possible is a top aim of most teachers, because not only does it make things fun for the pupils, it also keeps things fun for us. It can be difficult to keep every pupil happy and often it can feel like a juggling act, trying to ensure that everyone is having fun but also learning.
As teachers we need to look at the variety of ways that pupils learn. Neil Fleming, an educational theorist, designed the VARK model of learning, which involves Visual, Aural/Auditory, Read/Write and Kinaesthetic methods. Building upon the idea of kinaesthetic intelligence, first suggested by Howard Gardner in the 1980s, Fleming’s model encourages a greater focus on concrete hands on learning, with physical interaction and experimentation.
As part of our ‘light’ themed topic, Year 5 looked into how it is possible to draw pictures with light. They were given a camera, a light source and a selection of objects and were then encouraged to experiment, moving the camera, light sources and objects to see what effect it would have on the pictures produced. The physicality and immediacy of the experiment gave the pupils the opportunity to think, experiment, evaluate and develop their outcomes.
The visual aspect of the exercise and the objects used really helped the pupils to understand the differences between opaque, transparent and translucent objects and how light affected them. The auditory aspect of this experiment took the form of pupils giving a verbal prediction of what would take place during the experiment and what they expect the outcomes to look like. They then wrote down their predictions in their books, explaining why they thought they would obtain the predicted outcome. Finally, the kinaesthetic part of the lesson took place when the pupils went into a dark room and physically engaged in the experiment, shining lights through a variety of translucent objects and creating patterns with the light.
Through these steps, the pupils engaged in multiple forms of learning and created some really exciting and imaginative outcomes. Also, and this is just as important, they had a lot of fun in the process.
Mr Liam, Year 5 Teacher
Dear friends! We invite you to the Open Days at CIS International School campuses.
CIS Summer Camp is a very interesting and exciting summer filled with adventures. Our virtual trip around the world with CIS will let our students experience first-hand the culture, national cuisine, music and sport of England, Russia, Spain, China, Ireland and other countries.
It will take place on the 15th of February in Saint-Petersburg campus, with registration will open at 10:30 AM and the first match will at 11:00 AM.
Today we open the online-registration for CIS Martial Arts Tournament 2020!
Hurry up to join our family!
On the 4th of February (for Secondary) and 6th of February (for Primary) Skolkovo campus will host the greatest arts and sports contest!
Dear friends, We have now started the enrolment process for Year 1 for the academic year 2020-2021 in our Moscow Campus, located in the north of the capital.
Check mate! We would like to invite you to Gorki campus to take part in our traditional Сambridge Chess Tournament 2020.