Pupils as young as four enjoyed a special themed timetable as parents and teachers came together to inspire them at LVS Ascot’s Learning Power Week from Monday 11 to Friday 15 February. The event allowed Infant & Junior pupils to enjoy parent-led sessions across a range of talks and activities as they work towards a unique diploma.
Fascinating talks and demonstrations from parents included Louise Holmes, whose daughter Holly is in Year 4, who is part of the Berkshire Lowland Search and Rescue Team. She brought in two dogs called Risk and Diesel to demonstrate, by hiding away pupils in the school playground, how the dogs track missing people and alert the team when found. Further parent career talks from jewellery designer Mrs Andrews and Mrs Southam from Cisco IT were followed by pilot Mr Jenner who captivated his young audience with details of flying planes and how to forge a career in the aviation industry.
Learning Power Week helped pupils build towards their LVS Ascot Infant & Junior School Diploma, which is broken down into five pairs of values that are instilled in pupils over their time at the independent, all ability school. A special focus each day on a different set of values helped all pupils from Reception class to Year 6 achieve that. On Monday risk-taking and resilience were demonstrated through science experiments and public auditions for the school’s Young Musician of the Year, whilst on Tuesday forest school in LVS Ascot’s 25-acre grounds allowed pupils to show collaboration and self-confidence. A session on Wednesday with LVS Ascot’s senior school Outdoor Pursuits teacher Tim Wyndham-Smith, including students leading each other blindfolded through an obstacle course, developed initiative and independence skills, whilst curiosity and creativity were demonstrated and practiced on Thursday during a poetry festival and dance competition.
The week ended with sessions on empathy and reflection, with a range of mindfulness activities, perfectly rounding off an exciting and engaging week that brought parents and teachers’ expertise together to advance pupils’ knowledge.
Head of LVS Ascot Infant & Junior School Rachael Cox said: “Our diploma is a very unique and rewarding way for young pupils to develop key skills, and Learning Power Week helped them work towards the diploma in a really engaging way. All our pupils learned a lot of new things, worked together and had fun along the way which fits perfectly with our ethos”.