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No Boy Left Behind

19 March 2021

 

We are at such a stage in the easing of restrictions where we finally have a light at the end of the tunnel and (thank goodness) schools are back open. However, it has not been so simple for all our boys, some of whom have found themselves abroad with family and are currently unable to easily fly back to be reunited with their friends and tutors. The result of this is that, in some lessons, there are a couple of boys still connected via Teams. Our teachers have the difficult job of keeping those abroad boys engaged in lessons, without sacrificing anything for the rest of the class; they have been finding increasingly creative ways to do this!


In Performing Arts, the 3rd Form (Year 5) boys have been rehearsing The Iliad. Rather than making Daniel B watch his classmates perform, they have been involving him in the rehearsals as much as possible. As you can see below, Daniel was (literally) held up by his classmates, as he gave a fantastic performance as Menelaus, despite being out of the country. Similarly, in a 4th Form (Year 6) lesson, Aston and Nate joined their classmates via Teams to deliver the powerful prologue from Act 1, Scene 1 of Romeo and Juliet.


Our 5th Formers (Year 7s) have been learning how to give directions in French. In this video, you can see Ivan giving directions to Ryan, while Mr Di Maso held the laptop and ‘carries’ Ivan around the classroom. The boys in the lesson as well as Ivan in Russia, really enjoyed this unique lesson and the best part is that no one was left out!


Lastly, in Science our 5th Formers (Year 7s) have been learning about surface tension. After learning about how some insects (e.g. water striders) can walk on the surface of water, Ma’am Naidoo carried out an experiment. By filling a beaker with water right to the top, you can see the power of surface tension as the water molecules have greater attraction to each other more than the air, creating a ‘dome’ at the top of the beaker. When Ma’am Naidoo then added soap, it acted as a ‘surfactant’, which ‘broke’ the surface tension of the water, forcing it to spill over the side of the beaker. Once again, there were boys who could not be in the lesson physically, but their classmates kindly held the device up that was running the Teams call, and positioned it so they could watch Ma’am Naidoo carrying out the experiment. These boys also carried out the experiment themselves so they could witness first-hand the process of surface tension.


These examples show the creativity and inclusive nature of our teachers who always strive to get every boy engaged in their lessons. We can’t wait for the day, soon enough, that all boys will be back in Caldicott classrooms, reunited with their peers and tutors!