At Wessex we aim to provide every child with a challenging and creative curriculum as well as celebrating and fostering any talents that the children have. This year we have introduced a series of Master Classes in different subjects for a selected group of children. This is aimed primarily at those children who have displayed a natural talent or passion for this subject. The Master Classes will be led by one of our teachers who is a specialist in the particular subject. The purpose of the Master Classes is to extend and enrich the normal classroom curriculum even further by providing the children with an opportunity to work in a small group to complete a range of challenging tasks.
Jump to the following Master Classes: Mathematics, Problem Solving
29th September 2009
The children were given the opportunity to explore patterns, relationships and rules involving numbers. They recorded information in a practical way and then understood the need for a systematic approach to solving problems. This was developed through diagrams, tables and eventually an algebraic formula (even in Y4). Through this they discovered what a triangular number is and how algebra can be used to create a general rule.
1st October 2009
The children were set a variety of challenging activities including: lifting a bucket of toxic waste from a hazardous area using only a rope, crossing through a mine field blindfolded and working in a group to complete a lego mission. The children demonstrated fantastic team work and leadership skills. When asked to reflect on the morning, Harrison in Y5 said it was, "Amazing!"