The Derby Grammar classroom, that place where the wonder of learning happens, is now inhabiting the virtual world for the majority of our pupils.

We all recognise that nothing can truly replace the magic that happens between teachers and their pupils in traditional face-to-face teaching. However, with technology at our fingertips we have gone a long way to ensuring continuity of education.

We listened carefully to the feedback our community kindly provided through survey’s and teaching staff have been hard training in new methods of delivery and developing exciting new resources.

Our aim is to provide a model of education which is sustainable for pupils, parents and staff.

Below are some examples of the great work our pupils have been doing via remote learning:

Chinese Art – Year 5

Year 5 have been studying Chinese Art in their art classes and one of the optional extension activities was to make a dragon out of salt dough like George has above. Take a look at the results…

Book in a Box – Year 5 and 6

Our Year 5 and 6 boys were tasked with recreating their favourite fictional stories in a shoe box as part of their English and Art lessons. They put their creativity to the test and the results were great.

Adventure Story Writing – Year 3

Year 3 have been writing adventure/mystery stories in their English lessons and their teacher Mrs Monk has been very proud of their efforts.

 

They wrote their stories digitally over the course of a week and presented them live in their English lessons via Microsoft Teams. Everyone then had a chance to say what they particularly enjoyed about each other’s stories – you can see what you think about them all here.

Modern Foreign Languages Avatars – Year 4

Our Year 4 pupils enjoyed making talking avatars in their French classes, click the links below to take a listen:

Baking challenge – year 4

Our Year 5 class began their design projects in school but due to lockdown were forced to make their final bread products at home. It didn’t compromise the results though – they look fab!

Butterfly Life Cycle – Reception

Reception have looked at the life cycle’s of butterfly’s including the transformation from caterpillars. Their class teacher Mrs Butterworth prepared a wonderful lesson for them as part of their work on mini beasts this term.

 

Poetry – Year 6

Year 6 are reading the novel of Kensuke’s Kingdom by Michael Morpurgo. In the story, Michael is washed overboard trying to save his dog and ends up on an island and Mrs Genders challenged Year 6 to write a poem written in couplets about the storm using a dog motif. Here are some of the boys amazing poems.

They have rewritten the poem Refugees to fit in with their work on Kensuke’s Kingdom. You can read some examples of these here.

PSHE Sleep project – Year 5

Year 5 have been investigating how to get a good night’s sleep. The boys learned about winding down routines, the effect of screens on sleep and also the effect of caffeinated drinks.

They kept a sleep diary for a week and looked at the days they had the best and worst night’s sleep. They then had to design a poster to teach younger children in the primary school what they have learned.

Shot Put PE – Senior School

Mr Whitworth challenged the boys to master the technique of throwing a shot put and the results have been very encouraging!

Design Technology project – Year 4

Children in Year 4 have been making Tabbouleh for their Design Technology project this term. The results look good enough to eat!

V.E Day maths challenge – Year 5 and 6

In May, Mrs Scholter set a series of Maths challenges linked to VE day. These involved activities such as planning a VE day party on a budget, weighing out rationed WW2 food items and breaking codes using algebra. The boys particularly enjoyed the food elements!

Sundials – Year 7

As part of their Physics topic on Astronomy, Mr Hills gave Year 7 the task of making a sundial at home to truly make the most of the Sun shining.

French cooking – Year 7

As part of the British Council’s “Great French Language Challenge” some of our Year 7 students have been cooking French dishes including Croque Monsieur and Meringues.

Paganism – Year 11

As part of his Classics lessons,  James in Year 11 wrote a mini essay about Saturnalia – the Pagan forerunner to the Christian festival of Christmas. You can read his excellent work here.

Windrush – Year 7

This month, we’re launching a project on Windrush in the Year 7 Citizenship classes whereby they will design a logo for this year’s annual event. Watch this space for the results…

House Competitions – whole school

Our House events have not stopped during lockdown – they have forced us to be more creative than ever.

We’re currently adjudicating our virtual House Comedy competition but in the meantime you can read about our recent Photography Competition here and take a look at the winning entries below.

Parent feedback

It’s been wonderful to read the feedback we’ve received from our community, below is a flavour of some of the comments our parents have made.