At NES, our students are storytellers of their learning. Celebrating and showcasing our students’ success, both academic and extra-curricular, is an integral part of the NES Primary Department. We celebrate this throughout the whole school and within individual year groups and classes.
One prominent marker of our pupils’ learning is displayed for everyone to enjoy: our corridors are busy places that showcase brilliant work and tell the story of the learning behind the classroom doors. Furthermore, teachers utilise classroom walls to display their pupils’ hard work and to celebrate milestones in their achievements. Group projects and tasks through collaborative learning demonstrate our students’ intercultural competence, leadership and team skills. Presentations are regularly used for students to showcase their learning journeys and are a great way to not only celebrate their hard work, but also a way to prepare them for the 21st century in their public speaking skills.
"Group projects and tasks through collaborative learning demonstrate our students’ intercultural competence, leadership and team skills"
Additionally, class teachers regularly bestow verbal praise and written feedback. This helps guide and celebrate our students’ learning whilst intrinsically motivating them to continue to grow, seek feedback and think critically about their curriculum. Housepoints, certificates, class trips and parties are also means to celebrate our students’ higher achievements.
Creativity, collaboration, communication and citizenship are at the heart of the Junior Department at NES, and what better way to celebrate these skills, integrated with a robust curriculum, than through our students’ brilliant assembly performances? Teachers, the music department, students and parents all come together to put on entertaining and highly educational stage performances weekly. Our Junior assemblies are a particular highlight of our pupils’ academic year at NES and provide a chance for each child to shine on stage and demonstrate what they have been learning in class. Additionally, during our Junior assemblies, student achievements in sports education are highlighted by the PE Department through certificate ceremonies.
"Feedback from teachers helps guide and celebrate our students’ learning, whilst intrinsically motivating them to continue to grow, seek feedback and think critically about their curriculum"
At NES, we are always striving for students to be proud of their achievements and learning. Children are given many opportunities to inspire others across the school through sharing their work with other year groups, such as sharing their written work, participating in clubs and joining our Junior School Student Council. Students at NES thrive, and we take every opportunity to ensure that their success is recognised.
Author: Emily Vanderklift
Year 6 Class Teacher