My first blog post at the beginning of the term was about Project Based Learning (PBL) and it seems fitting that my last post of the term will also be about it.
If you've read my first post, then you'll know what I had my Year 7s working on. If not, they were kept really busy for six weeks designing and planning a Holy Building. It wasn't just an ordinary, run-of-the-mill project. They had to do budgets, architect drawings, a model, letters to the council and to local residents, they had to look at the demographics of areas and to establish whether they had a need in the area. There was a lot of drafting and redrafting along the way, but most importantly, there was a whole lot of jubilation.
It's easy to say online, there's no way that I can give you the full scope of what my Y7s achieved, but the reaction from my Y9s summed it up the best. They were (and still are convinced) that the finished projects were completed by Y11. If the Y7s keep getting pushed and keep achieving as they are now, then it's scarily exciting to think about what they'll be able to do come Y11.
I'm now a HUGE fan of PBL, seeing what the pupils created and achieved genuinely blew me away. If you want to learn more, then the book An Ethic of Excellence by Ron Berger is what convinced me to give it a try, so that would be a good place to start for any reading.
Anyway, here's a selection of what my Y7 did...