Before moving to Leicestershire, I lived and worked in London. With prospective pupils being ‘prepped’ to pass the entrance exam, we felt we had to change the entrance procedure. Yes, we examined pupils in Maths, English and VR…but we also gave them a box of Lego. Cue, look of bewilderment and horror on some faces.
At Stoneygate we now have two Lego clubs: one on Wednesday evening (run by Mrs Balchin) and one on Thursday (run by Mr Palmer) ….with both clubs being extremely popular, Mr Palmer had to invest in more Lego over the summer holiday. Lego is more than just a game; Lego develops numerous skills that are important both inside and outside school.
Lego promotes fine motor skills and dexterity; it develops problem solving and mathematical thinking (especially when trying to follow complex instructions!). The various shapes, colours and sizes obviously improve creativity- children have no limitations in what they can make or build. I also believe Lego develops perseverance and planning skills. How can I build a really tall tower, without it collapsing? In an age when it is much easier to plonk children in front of a small screen, at Stoneygate, we will continue to encourage Lego and all that it has to offer.
Pupils enjoying Lego club this week at Stoneygate.
Lego was not the only club I visited this week. On Thursday evening I was fortunate enough to sample the numerous clubs that were taking place that evening (Tae Kwon Do, Multi-Sports, Tennis, Orchestra, Catch up French, Textiles Batk)….and this was only Thursday evening!
Pupils at Stoneygate are very lucky to have such a variety of after-school clubs….
Talent can and should be nurtured both inside and outside school. Congratulations must go to Josh in Year 6, who entered a monologue competition (as part of his extra-curricular drama) and was one of 10 finalists (from over 4,000 applicants). Josh performed his monologue in front of the Academy (London) Principal and was given acting advice from the director of ‘Matilda’.
Music is a key curricular and co-curricular activity at Stoneygate. Thanks to a very generous donation from a Stoneygate old boy, this summer we purchased numerous violins. All pupils in Y2 will now learn the violin (please do read Mrs Ashwin’s blog below) and we have a new violin teacher, Mrs Le page. She introduced herself this week in assembly….
Spellbound…even our new Reception pupils appreciated such beautiful music.
Have a good weekend,
Mr J F Dobson