The Year 7 STEM day this week was run by Sharon Fitton, from RISC. As well as their Global Cafe and World Shop, RISC also have a wonderful roof garden and run Food4Families, which encourages people to get involved in gardening and making their own green spaces.
The day started with the students looking at the outside area of the school and making an accurate plan of one part. They then had to plan how to create a garden area. Working in teams with job roles such as project manager, designer, finance and presentation writer, they had to decide on the purpose of the garden. Would it be for growing vegetables to eat, an area for rest and relaxation, or just an area of beauty?
They had to decide on the focal point of the garden, the materials that would be used to make the garden and the plants that would be grown in it. They produced a budget of how much the garden would cost to create. They were also encouraged to consider the ecology, encouraging bees, bugs and insects, water conservation, and reusing materials.
At the end of the day, they presented their ideas to the other teams, and then the best four teams presented their ideas to the whole year group who then voted for an overall winner. There were some very creative ideas and the winners were team RARE with a wonderful rainbow garden and a great presentation.
On Saturday 4 May, we took 49 students to watch the Women’s FA Cup Final at Wembley Stadium. The teams playing were West Ham vs Manchester City. We had great seats right at the front near the goal. In the first half West Ham had two near misses and in the second half Manchester City scored three goals. A good day was had by all.
Teaching and Learning
Has your lesson been REAL (Relevant, Engaging, Active Leaning)?
This academic year has been an exciting time for staff and students at Reading Girls’ School, with the launch of REAL. At the end of lessons students get the opportunity to feedback to teachers about the lesson. Students are presented with the question ‘Has your lesson been REAL?’ Students inform the teacher by taking a token and placing it in the ‘yes’ or ‘no’ box in their classroom. The tokens are then collected in at the end of the week and counted.
Results for week Tuesday 7 to Friday 10 May 2019
YES - 93 tokens
No - 1 tokens