Learning Challenge Proves No Teaching Challenge

As part of Form 5 and 6’s learning challenge ‘What Lies Beneath?’ pupils have been learning all about dinosaurs, fossils, and archaeologists.

To show how much they have learnt over the term, the Forms split into five groups to teach Forms 3 and 4 through a variety of tasks and activities.

In Form 6’s classroom, Mischa, Joshua and Ava had hidden fossils around the room to learn about paleontologist Mary Anning. Form 3 and 4 children had to uncover the fossils which included a question that they then had to answer.

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In Form 3’s classroom, there was a presentation on dinosaurs followed by a difficult quiz to test the group’s memory and listening skills. Freddie in Form 3’s dinosaur knowledge was particularly handy as he conferred with the rest of his group to find the right answers to the questions.

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Out in the courtyard there were two activities. Katie and Madeline had imprinted fossils and dinosaurs into Playdoh to show Forms 3 and 4 the features to look out for when identifying dinosaurs. They laid out the imprints to display the differences in features in order to identify the correct dinosaur.

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Crispin and Edward had a quiz where each pupil would select an answer from multiple choice questioning on their own answer sheet. At the end of the afternoon session, the boys tallied up all the scores to find who got the most answers right.

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Out in the woods, Forms 3 and 4 had to search far and wide for hidden dinosaur footprints, just like an archaeologist would have to do when searching for artifacts and remains.

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The children ran and searched high and low to find the footprints and the person who collected the most won a house point. The footprints were cleverly hidden under leaves, behind logs and in the campfire.

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It was clear to see that Forms 5 and 6 had a broad understanding of their Learning Challenge topic and could pass that knowledge onto others through fun, engaging activities. The pupils demonstrated their confident communication skills and a high level of planning and organisation to produce these lessons which Forms 3 and 4 thoroughly enjoyed.

Watch out Mr Nicholson and Mrs Marshall — we’ve got some new teachers in town!

Ghyll Royd School, Pre-School and Nursery is an independent school for girls and boys aged 2 to 11 years and is an accredited member of the Independent Schools Association.

Conveniently situated on the A65 between Ben Rhydding, Ilkley and Burley in Wharfedale, Ghyll Royd School, Pre-School and Nursery is ideally located for families living in or commuting to the surrounding cities, towns and villages of Ben Rhydding, Ilkley, Burley in Wharfedale, Addingham, Menston, Guiseley, Baildon, Bingley, Otley, Leeds, Bradford, Harrogate, Skipton and Keighley.