Projects Highlights 2018-19
Students from Reception through to Year 6 from both campuses enjoyed lessons with professional dancers. They worked through a variety of different choreographies, focusing on Hip Hop and Street Dance styles. The older children also worked in groups to choreograph their own endings to the dances. It was great to complement our curriculum units with this project. Thank you to the Annual Fund for making this possible.
Fiona Pratt,PE Curriculum Leader Prep
I really loved working with Josh! He taught us some cool choreography then we worked in groups to complete our own endings.
Ciara, Year 4
I loved the dancing that we did in the lessons; it was very good fun and I learned some new moves!
Roman, Year 1
Kellett planned to invite Career Consultant Emma Reynolds to Kellett to advise Y10-13 students, their parents and teachers on choosing a career and successfully navigating the changing nature of the workplace.
However, Emma relocated to the USA soon after this project was funded. Kirsty Whitwood and the Sixth Form team spent a considerable amount of time trying to find another Hong Kong based career consultant that would deliver similar content. However, luck was not on their side and they have decided to discontinue the programme. The funds allocated to this project will be released and transferred to K2.
Recent additions courtesy of the Annual Fund have been Google Expeditions - iPods and Headsets, Microsoft Surface Pros and the Kami voice assessment app.
Clive Dawes, Assistant Head of School (Technology): The Tech Hub provides a valuable resource in ensuring that Kellett continues to try to improve learning through the use of innovative technologies. School budgetary procedures are not usually flexible enough to allow departments to plan to implement new technologies, but the flexibility built into the Hub means that we can react to needs as they arise and fund small or mid-scale projects at both the evaluative and implementation stages. As we continue to develop our vision for technology, the Tech Hub has provided us with an insight into how we can continue to educate for the future.
The ‘Polysher’ is essentially a simple machine that uses chemicals to shine / polish the surface of 3D printed component, usually printed in a material called PLA.
PLA usually has a dull surface finish which isn’t very aesthetically pleasing and often requires painting and time consuming preparation. Having the ‘Polysher’ has reduced production (finishing) time and enhanced the look of certain printed components. The students have really appreciated using this new equipment and we would like to thank the annual Fund for purchasing it for us .
Simon Wood, Head of Design and Technology Department
Dan Knight, Learning Technology Teacher, Prep: The purchase of the iPods and Virtual Reality (VR) headsets have been of great benefit to students’ learning. They have enabled us to provide a submersive experience in support of many areas of their topics. Year 3 children have been able to explore the entire journey of a river and their excitement of “flying” over the Middle Course of the river really helped bring their learning alive. Year 6 got the opportunity to explore in depth the Circulatory System, in both VR and Augmented reality (AR). They and Year 5 have also had the opportunity to create their own VR content, allowing them to showcase their learning in a new and dynamic way. We are also looking into future possibilities and are currently researching how we might be able to use the headsets and Co-Spaces coding so that the students can create their own 3D games.
Julia Armstrong, Deputy Head of Science (Biology) and Ed Wawn, Deputy Head of Science Faculty (Chemistry):
Using a Microsoft Surface Pro in the classroom definitely makes teaching more dynamic. The ability to share the tablet with students enables them to interact more with what they are learning. In addition, being able to share exemplar work or discuss a student’s written responses is very powerful. It becomes much more of a whole class discussion, as it is possible to take a photo of someone’s work and project it on the interactive white board. The students love the interactivity and the fact that what we work on in class can also be shared via email.
Kami is a voice and text based programme that allows a high level of feedback following assessments. Using Kami and the Surface Pro together allows students to be guided through the thought processes used when answering written exam-style questions. It is this ‘modelling’ that allows students to develop their own skills in meta-cognition.
The use of both the Surface Pro and Kami are on-going, and there is still lots to be learnt about how to use them really effectively in the classroom.
Dan Knight, Learning Technology Teacher, Prep: Resourcing for an entire Year 6 topic on the subject of technology was always going to be difficult - but the Annual Fund has allowed us to do just that. Keeping learning up-to-date and relevant is a constant challenge, and the purchase of programmable robots (like Osobot and Dash and Dot), programmable electronic kits (like Crumble and Micro:Bits) and multi-purpose scientific tools (like Makey Makey) have meant that we have been able to deliver the most current educational experiences available. This has allowed us to create a technology rich and engaging curriculum that has not only greatly engaged our Year 6 students, but has also provided them the perfect stepping-stone to their future learning in the Senior School.
The world renowned children’s author and creator of the Harry and the Dinosaurs series visited Kellett’s Prep schools in November 2018.
Ian was incredibly generous with his time, talking with all year groups, engaging them with stories of how he created Harry, sharing tips on creative writing and reading several of his stories in a very animated manner, causing lots of laughter, especially when the audience learnt how to make various dinosaur moves. Many of the students have his books at home so meeting the "real author” was inspiring, and they left encouraged to read and write just for the sheer pleasure of it.
In addition, Ian held a session for parents where he spent over two hours informally chatting, talking about what inspires his writing, the publishing process, his views on how to encourage children to read and the value of reading given the digital world we live in. Lots of selfies were taken with the author, and parents excitedly purchased his books to be signed.
Lisa Share, School Librarian
Y10 Writers Workshops with Alex Scarrow
Alex Scarrow, author of the TimeRiders and Remade series, was our Annual Fund Book Week author. The story of his visit is best told by the Y10 students who were selected to take part in his writing workshops and the year 7 and 8 students who say his presentations about his pathway to successful writing.
Head of English Faculty
Workshop for Selected Year 10 Students + Competition Winning Kellett Writers
A selection of Y10 students were picked to go to a Creative Writing Workshop with Alex Scarrow. We were eager to learn about the different writing techniques that we could incorporate into our own creative writing from a real author. What we came out of the workshop with, no doubt, was the inspiration and creativity to write our own books. One moment in the workshop that I particularly remember, was when Alex Scarrow talked about the importance of tension in our work. He gave us examples of where this tension was used and we all came to realise that it was a formula for success, which had been used in many films and novels we know today. Alex Scarrow talked about three main acts: the first containing the rising action with the ‘reluctant hero’ maintaining the status quo, the second act, whilst continuing the rising action, includes the first attempt, grand plan, retreat and new plan, and finally the last act introduces the climax and falling action with the triumph and victory. After leaving this workshop, I have used this tension graph in all my creative writing, and with the further knowledge from Scarrow himself, I, and all those who attended, am confident that we will be able to tell a great story!
Alex Scarrow’s visit was truly something out of this world. My favorite part of this whole event was how he described what he wanted to say in such a way that created a movie in my mind. This is a skill that all great authors can do which I admire. Alex Scarrow has taught me one of the most important life lessons to me: that if you don’t succeed at one thing then try something else, and it’s okay if you have to repeat this process multiple times until you find the right thing for you; your happy place.
Year 8 and Year 7 Alex Scarrow Presentations
The assembly taught me that horror and dystopian stories could utilise moments of contentment and loyalty to make the horrifying scenes more intense and impactful. He mixed in humourous anecdotes throughout. Thank you very much for this opportunity.
I learnt that creating suspense could be so powerful in a story - a real key technique.
I learned a life lesson from this and it is that if you want to be something, you can if you try your best. My mind drifted to another world when he told his story.