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A Different Kind of Learning – Lower Fifth Learning Day, 17 May

On Tuesday, students in Year 10 were involved in a learning symposium, the theme of which, was The Passage of Time. The aim of the event was to provoke learners to think about their learning, not as defined by distinct subject entities, but as interconnected. It was also a chance to be curious, to ask questions and to discover new ideas for themselves. This is very much the philosophy of the International Baccalaureate, which we provide at Sidcot in the Sixth Form.

Students grappled with such questions as: Does time go at a constant speed? How do languages change and borrow from each other over time? Does time fly when we are having fun? They also undertook a series of mathematical investigations and encountered texts dealing with colonial and post-colonial attitudes and the theme of terrorism. The day consisted of a series of six learning sessions, facilitated by teachers of English, Modern Languages, Psychology, Physics, Maths and Drama.

Students worked hard with their teachers and enjoyed very much the chance to extend their thinking in a challenging way and the excuse to be out of uniform.

Feedback from students included the following comments: "we used our brains in a different way"; "fantastic"; "cool lessons"; "time is much more complicated than I thought"; "psychology is very cool"; "quantum physics is not my thing".

We hope to repeat the experience with other year groups as we continue to develop our Teaching and Learning at Sidcot.


Alison Bell
Director of IB and Academic

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Independent day and boarding school for boys and girls aged 3 - 18 in Somerset