A sunny day of explorations at The Cedars Primary School, Cranford, Hounslow.
The Cedars is a special school for children who have social, emotional and behavioural difficulties, which is maintained by the London Borough of Hounslow and takes children from four to eleven years of age.
This school is full of some very special children and some very special staff.
Any, and every, school is full of challenges. It is how we respond to those challenges, and develop the confidence to tackle new ones, that set people apart. All here today we were up for taking off and flying.
Facing new experiences, and handling change, can be a challenge in its own right. As teachers, we need to be aware of the times, (as my father once said, when he was promoted from being a teacher), to “Quit whilst we’re a head“.
It is also valuable to know how to change direction, tactics, and approach to a lesson, before the “moving swiftly on” stage becomes essential. This applies to adults, and children, in any learning experience.
Our first group travelled with us to a mystical village. As there were quite a few of us in the hall, and the experience was unusual, we had a lot to discuss. ( ).
It was when we changed tactics, and layout of the room, then headed in to the village, that this group shone. I haven’t seen questioning, role playing, imagination, as detailed and powerful as this lot showed. Really impressive interaction and cherishing of thought. Well done indeed.
The ability to focus after a noisy experience, shows self control. (Social etiquette and group work, is one of the most powerful, long term, uses of these virtual games). Well done all.
Our second group took a voyage with us in a very different style. We started, as a group, on a rocky surface, before deciding whether to leap in to the sea below, or turn and explore the very organic scene that stretched out behind us.
We turned, as one, and explored using different (verb/adverb clauses) methods. Some tiptoed cautiously. Some even danced madly. But, we all made it up on to a higher level and found out what WAS at the the top of this strange spinning contraption.
Again, the “group as one” element is powerful. Knowing how to self police, and exercise self control, so that we can all enjoy an experience, is a valuable life skill. Again- Well done all.
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