Wapping High School Projects Week was an exciting 5 days where the timetable was collapsed and students took part in a variety of projects. The week centered around student choice and experiential learning, with students being able to select the project they were most interested in. Each project had an essential question which they had to work together to try and answer and create an excellent piece of work to show at the end of project exhibition. The week was a great success with students participating in a variety of activities including visiting the planetarium, bleeps tests, cooking from fresh ingredients, lino cutting and camping on the school roof! By completing the projects the students got to explore one topic in depth and not only were some students completing A-Level work by the end, they were also acquiring new skills such as leadership, teamwork, problem solving and money management.
To top it off the exhibition was well attended by parents and members of the community and the students were able to showcase their work and feel proud of their achievements.
REAL Projects allow teachers to formulate lessons and activities around a single complex enquiry, and require students to produce high quality outputs with real-world application. Learning through REAL projects reflects what we feel to be at the heart of the best Project Based Learning practice; projects that provide students with Rigorous, Engaging, Authentic, Learning.
John Bossleman, Project Based Learning Coach , Innovation Unit
“When I talk to students about the difference between real projects and traditional lessons, they quite often say that in traditional lessons they are just being talked to by their teachers, but in Projects Week students here say ‘ Our teachers aren't teaching us, they are helping us to work with one another to learn from and about the work we are supposed to be doing, so rather than teaching us this week they are helping us to learn for ourselves.’ “
Katie Orton, Design Technology Teacher, Project Catwalk
“It has been like teaching GCSEs to younger students. Wow! 11 year olds. Its been amazing what they have achieved. I was really surprised by the high quality work these students have been producing.”
Jo Holloway, Lead Teacher Project Based Learning ,School of Survival
Projects Week has been a brilliant opportunity for both students and staff. Students have been able to choose something that they want to learn about and have taken ownership over their work. They have led the projects themselves and worked to produce an amazing piece of work that they can feel incredibly proud of. I can't believe what they have achieved in a week: making a dress, recording an EP, providing help for the homeless, writing recipe books, making a camera and learning to survive in the wild! And that's just to name a few!
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