Supporting our *SMSC curriculum, Iceland teacher delegation visit Peterbrook on 'RED NOSE DAY'!! - 15 March 2013
Teacher delegation visit Peterbrook from beautiful
What a super morning we have had today as we hosted a delegation of 19 teachers and support staff from Iceland who are visiting the Midlands to learn about our education methods and approaches to learning. The delegation are actually a complete staff from Sudurvellir infant school, in a small town called Vogar, near the capital city of Reykjavik; it is a school of 90 pupils. The leader of the delegation was Maria Hermannsdottir, the school's headteacher. The morning was a mixture of touring our school, visiting nursery and reception classes, observing outdoor learning, meeting the teachers for in-depth discussions about teaching styles and approaches, meeting our Child & Family Support Worker, Debbie Shaw, visiting our wraparound facility 'PAWS & GRIZZLIES', and probably most enjoyable of all, observing our infants as they enjoyed their 'Crazy Catwalk' competition which formed a fun part of our annual Red Nose Day!! The visit was a great success as the photographs clearly show.
Iceland is an island country in the North Atlantic Ocean. The country has a population of about 320,000 and a total area of 103,000 km2 (40,000 sq mi). The capital and largest city is Reykjavík, with the surrounding areas in the southwestern region of the country being home to two-thirds of the country's population. Iceland is volcanic and geologically active. The interior mainly consists of a plateau characterised by sand fields, mountains and glaciers, while many glacial rivers flow to the sea through the lowlands. Iceland is warmed by the Gulf Stream and has a temperate climate despite a high latitude just outside the Arctic Circle.
Dear Mr. McGaw,
On behalf of our Headteacher, María Hermannsdóttir and our teaching staff I would like to thank you for your wonderful hospitality. We were all very impressed with your school and your teaching staff. Your school projects an image of professionalism and pride.
It would be nice to stay in contact and we invite you to visit our school when you visit Iceland. Here is a map of the south west peninsula and the name of our town is Vogar.
* SMSC curriculum overview
Parents, teachers, government inspectors and children all agree that school is about far more than learning the curriculum. Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural (SMSC) development is the term used to embrace this broader dimension. It ranges from teaching in RE and global citizenship through to relationships and sex education, pupil voice, the development of pupil self-esteem and a wide range of extra-curricular and out-of-school activities. Importantly these vital dimensions of life and growth are present across the entire Peterbrook curriculum and add hugely to the life of our school. For further information, contact Mr. Randle.
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