No books or lessons, but a whole lot of learning going on!
‘Creativity is just connecting things. When you ask creative people how they did something, they feel a little guilty because they didn’t really do it, they just saw something. It seemed obvious to them after a while.’
– Steve Jobs
On reflection our word of the week – ‘Tedious’ – was probably a most inappropriate selection as students enjoyed yet another outstanding Creativity Day at Langtree. On Thursday 13th of different and creative contexts, working collaboratively to solve problems and puzzles, overcome challenges and create some stunning artefacts.
Year 7 students had a day of STEM activities (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths), led by our own science and technology staff along with a number of staff from the BP Technology Centre at Whitchurch. We have been developing a link with BP for over a year now, and it was a huge pleasure to welcome professionals from a scientific industry to work with our students on a range of technological challenges.
Year 8 students worked with staff from English and Art to use pieces of visual art as a stimulus to create original creative writing, artefacts and even short films using animation.
Year 9 students embarked on two separate trips with the Humanities staff, with the historians paying a poignant visit to The Imperial War Museum, while the geographers visited Portsmouth and the Spinnaker Tower.
Year 10 students braved the elements to undertake a range of team building and problem solving activities outside in the rain! The spirit of the students was excellent in every respect, as they worked together to solve what appeared to be, on the face of things, impossible challenges.
Year 11 students visited The Henley College for the partnership open day, to receive information about post 16 options and to sample some taster lessons in a wide range of A level subjects.
Creativity Days are now an important and established part of our curriculum, when we take time out to learn in a variety of creative contexts which we cannot always do in the confines of a 50 minute lesson. As always, our wonderful students rise to the challenges with resilience, determination, enthusiasm and good humour, and they were again a pleasure to work with on this special day.
November, students in all years put their books aside to learn in a wide range. Our next Creativity Day will be on Thursday 12th activities in the coming weeks!
Our next Creativity Day will be on Thursday 12th activities in the coming weeks! Look out for details of more activities in the coming weeks!