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We are delighted to work with a number of schools and local organisations as part of our partnerships programme. Explore in more detail below...
Cultural Exchange Partnership with Kenya
The Kenyan Cultural Exchange is a partnership with a school Located in Majimoto, on the outskirts of the Masai Mara game reserve, Kenya. The school caters for the local Masai children, started by the local Masai community in 2002 to help with the literacy and numeracy shortfall among children in the area.
Wimbledon High has been participating in a successful partnerships programme with the school for over a year, in which Year 11 and Y12 girls have been delivering conversational English lessons and participating in cultural exchange through Microsoft Teams. We have been delighted to be able to extend this opportunity to Year 6 girls during the summer term. The learning aims of the lessons have been the development of conversational English and Literacy, with a particular focus on spelling, grammar and pronunciation.
Students from both schools have thoroughly enjoyed getting to know each other and learning about our different ways of life. Discussions about food, wildlife and of course the weather have been of particular interest to the children, and most recently we have enjoyed sharing presentations about hobbies and interest, during which we have swapped recipes, learnt new language and shared fashion tips! We very much look forward to the continued development of this partnership next year.
Play Partnership with Wimbledon Common Prep
Recently, Reception classes took a stroll to make new friends with the Reception classes at Wimbledon Common Prep School, as part of a brand new Play Partnership.
The girls played together with the boys over games, metal detecting in the sandpit, making bracelets, playing shopkeeper, and taking part in a bunch of arts and craft activities before having a break for snacks. There was much excitement when they found out that they would be seeing each other again: the Wimbledon Common Prep boys will be visiting Wimbledon High Juniors next March, with a Summer Picnic planned in June... exciting stuff!
Out of the Classroom and Into the Woods with Granard Primary School
Building on the success of our Wild Girls Outdoor Learning Programme, we partnered with the team at Granard Primary School to create a new EYFS focused-project that provided space for team-teaching between EYFS practitioners and children from two different settings to work together to solve simple problems and apply the burgeoning skills of working and playing cooperatively with others in the beautiful open spaces of Wimbledon Common.
Ogden Trust Partnership
We are part of an Ogden Trust Partnership and a number of initiatives have been made possible because of this. Each year we borrow a set of telescopes from the partnership for Year 5 pupils to take home to observe the night sky with their families. We have provided Earth and Space supporting materials for the other schools to also use alongside the telescopes and have enjoyed comparing notes with them about our observations. We have also supplied the ten schools in the Ogden Partnership with boxes of equipment to run their own IET Faraday Challenge Day. This is a STEAM day that we have run here at Wimbledon high for several years that involves teams of pupils working together to develop their problem solving and team working skills (see Junior STEAM).
Creating inclusive science learning experiences for all
Alex Farrer, Head of Junior School Science, is an accredited trainer of the Primary Science Capital Teaching Approach and delivers the PSCTA training to teachers at many schools across the country. As well as benefiting the teaching at WHS it also has impacted the teaching at many local schools. Alex has also worked with the Wellcome Genome Campus to co-develop the Science4Everyone materials raising awareness of unconscious bias and influencing attitudes towards science.
Primary Science Teaching Trust Cluster
In January 2023, WHS was awarded funding to run a cluster of 10 schools to promote excellence in science teaching and learning. The 10 schools meet each term to develop initiatives to improve science outcomes for every pupil and teacher in the Cluster.
Primary Science Quality Mark Hub
Each year we run a PSQM hub of 5-10 schools. Alex Farrer is an experienced PSQM Regional Hub leader and mentors the schools, delivering training in science subject leadership so that the schools can all achieve the prestigious quality mark after a year-long professional development programme. WHS also gained PSQM Outreach in 2019 and are currently re-accrediting with the aim to achieve the quality mark at the very highest level to demonstrate our excellence in primary science teaching, learning and leadership.
For the last two years Madame Dubois (Head of Junior Art) and Alex Farrer (Head of Junior Science) have been writing a teacher resource called Sketchbook Science. This consists of 10 activities that fuse art and science whilst maintaining the academic rigour in both subjects. The activities have been trialled in 18 schools and have been tweaked in light of teacher feedback. Watch this space for the publication of the resource in the new year!
Out of this World Space Day
Each year,Year 5 from WHS are joined by Year 5 from West Wimbledon Primary to take part in Out of this World Space Day. This day consists of pupils from both schools working together to tackle space related challenges. They learn about astronauts and space travel challenges over the years as well as investigating heat shields, waste in space, space health and fitness and looking around the International Space Station using virtual reality headsets. This day has taken place for several years now and is a highlight of the Earth and Space topics at both schools.