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Stroud School re-enact the Battle of Hastings

To commemorate the anniversary of the Battle of Hastings, Year 7 pupils from Stroud School in Romsey, re-enacted the battle as a cross-curricular activity between the Modern Foreign Languages (MFL) and History departments.

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Episode 7: History and creativity

Joining Matthew this week is Jeremy Walker of St Peter's York and Charlie Minogue of Moor Park. We discuss how the arrival of choristers at St Peter's continues an almost 1400 year-old tradition – and whether schools can teach creativity to children.

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Moving the classroom outside

It's time to rethink our classroom environments, argues Matthew Bryan of Longacre. The skills identified for the future – problem solving, critical thinking, creativity, people management and coordinating with others – are best developed outdoors.

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Episode 6: The parent-school relationship

Joining Matthew this week is Kit Thompson of The Unicorn School and Matthew Bryan of Longacre School. We look at the changing nature of the parent-school relationship and ask whether virtual parents' evenings will continue long after the pandemic.

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Making more time

Modern family life means that quality time together can often end-up squeezed. Samantha Sawyer of Staines Preparatory School argues the ‘new normal’ is the right time to look again and try to make more time for family.

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Episode 5: Education and language

Joining Matthew this week is Olivia Buchanan of Falcons Prep Richmond and Leo Winkley of Shrewsbury School. We look at whether the pandemic has actually changed education for the better – and how our use of language is so important.

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Lessons in perseverance

Perseverance is a critical life skill which is best learnt outside of the classroom suggests Charles Fillingham of Francis Holland School, Regent’s Park. And, ironically, these self-taught lessons can sometimes be some of the most valuable of all.

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