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26
February
2019

La Garenne is to launch the MYP

MYP at La Garenne School

 

La Garenne is in the process of becoming a candidate school for the International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme (MYP) and the Diploma Programme (DP). This will be completed by the end of March and from September 2019, Year 10 will begin MYP 4 and the five-year MYP programme will be phased in steadily across Years 7-11. 

In September 2021, the current Year 9 will be the first group of La Garenne students to begin the world-renowned IB Diploma programme. Below is some information on the MYP from the website of the IBO. This is an exciting new development for the school, paving the way for the opening of the new Le Roc campus next year.   

 

What is the MYP?

‘The International Baccalaureate® (IB) Middle Years Programme (MYP) emphasizes intellectual challenge. 

It encourages students aged 11 to 16 to make practical connections between their studies and the real world, preparing them for success in further study and in life. 

 

What the MYP offers students

The MYP aims to develop active learners and internationally minded young people who can empathize with others and pursue lives of purpose and meaning.

The programme empowers students to inquire into a wide range of issues and ideas of significance locally, nationally and globally. The result is young people who are creative, critical and reflective thinkers.  

 

Why offer the MYP?

Research shows that students participating in the MYP:

  • build confidence in managing their own learning
  • learn by doing, connecting the classroom to the larger world
  • out-perform non-IB students in critical academic skills 
  • consistently have greater success in IB Diploma Programme examinations
  • thrive in positive school cultures where they are engaged and motivated to excel 
  • develop an understanding of global challenges and a commitment to act as responsible citizens.

The MYP was revised in September 2014 to provide a more rigorous and highly flexible framework that powerfully integrates with local educational requirements.  New industry-leading onscreen examinations and ePortfolios offer exciting opportunities for reliable, robust digital assessment of student achievement.’ 

La Garenne is to launch the MYP

Written by: Mr. Derek Lineham Categories: Academic

26
February
2019

Studying Patterns and Animals

This term in Reception we have been studying Patterns and Animals. We have identified patterns in our environment and located these on a map of the school. We have created our own patterns using a variety of objects and artistic techniques. After reading the story of Elmer, the multi-coloured patterned elephant, we worked together to make our own Elmer using lots of patterned materials. We thought about the fact that Elmer was different to the other elephants because he was colourful. We though about our own differences and how these make us special. 
 
We have also been finding our about animals, identifying our favourite animals and finding out lots of interesting facts about them. We have looked at the patterns on their scales, feathers, skin and fur and thought about why these might be there. Finally we have worked together to build an incredible Zoo Role Play Area in the classroom where we can read and look after and sort the animals. We have been very busy!
 
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Written by: Mrs. Danielle Allard Categories: Academic

15
February
2019

Year 1 and 2

In Science we have been learning about light and dark as part of the IPC unit: Seeing the Light. We planned fair tests to find out what seeds need to grow into healthy plants and to investigate how important light is for plant growth. We loved seeing how our seeds grew and found out that the seeds did grow without light, but they did not look very healthy. We have also been finding out the difference a light source and reflection and testing different materials for their reflective qualities. In IPC we practised our mapping skills, drawing maps of the school grounds where we will record the light sources we have discovered in this area.

Our fractions learning in maths became a feast as we ‘shared’ cakes and investigated halves and wholes using cookies!

We worked in pairs to plan our own stories based on the Three Little Pigs and then we wrote our creative versions in Big Writing, Our characters included a range of animals including elephants, mice and even a rhinoceros.

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Year 1 and 2

Written by: Mrs. Danielle Allard Categories: Academic

14
February
2019

'A Journey to Space'

In Literacy, Year 5 have been writing stories entitled 'A Journey to Space'. This was a great way to link with our IPC topic 'Space Explorers', getting the children to imagine what it would be like as an astronaut and then to convey this descriptively in their writing. Their writing included some elements of fantasy, alongside real life descriptions of the planets and what it might really feel like to take this journey. They were also asked to use a wide range of vocabulary, including similes and adverbs for effect.

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'A Journey to Space'

Written by: Mrs. Danielle Allard Categories: Academic

13
February
2019

Year 8 have been studying rivers

Year 8 have been studying rivers and in yesterday's lesson we decided to go and get some first-hand knowledge of our local stream - La Petite Gryonne. Its flow varies greatly with the seasons and its steep valley is where all the snow is dumped when the streets of Villars are cleared after heavy snowfalls. The students understood a great deal more by looking at the river features 'in the field' as well as in the classroom. They also saw first-hand how humans can have an impact on natural features. For the return to La Garenne, they were given the choice  - a short, steep slope or a longer, more gentle one. They unanimously chose the steep slope. 
 
 It was great to see the whole class rising to the challenge!

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Year 8 have been studying rivers

Written by: Mr. Derek Lineham Categories: Academic

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