Sandringham's Teaching and Learning theme week this year was on how to develop metacognition and self-regulation skills in students of all ages. This was inspired by the recent EEF report on this topic and a set of 25 strategies that make use of metacognitive tools have been developed by the Professional Learning Team
Some examples of how these strategies were used by our teachers
How to support students to revise
The Year 13 students in the Student Leadership team (who are also Youth Mental Health Champions) presented to parents and students in year 11 during this term on how they successfully revised for their GCSEs. Every teacher and parent should read their sagely advice!
We have introduced a tool for revision this year, Seneca Learning, that uses many of the neuroscience principles (spaced repetition, retrieval practice, interleaving) that have informed many of Sandringham's own research and teaching strategies over the last few years. Feedback from students has been very positive and is another useful addition to the armoury for learning.
British Science Week 2019
In the year that marks the 150th anniversary of Mendeleev's first Periodic Table of the elements, we had a (hopefully!) record breaking lesson, live streamed on You Tube to over 2,500 students across the AAT schools of Sandringham, Ridgeway and Verulam. There were a wide range of other events during the week, including the annual Chemistry Show, but the Big Lesson was a new level of challenge to perform and stream live from the Sandpit Theatre.