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20/11/20

We are expanding our team and are pleased to be recruiting a cover supervisor. Check out this link if you are interested in joining two forward thinking GLF schools https://t.co/RvlvmDLuqm

13/11/20

On Monday 16 November we will be wearing odd socks to support Anti-Bullying Week to raise awareness of the importance of our main value of inclusion https://t.co/7IzNiApMav

13/11/20

🌹At the 11th hour, on the 11th day, of the 11th month, Merstham Park remembered 🌹   https://t.co/ZG9NOcY3WT

09/11/20

More fantastic Black History Month work from our students https://t.co/n5Y2QRrAQH

03/11/20

Another fantastic piece of work completed by one of our year 8 students as part of Black History Month https://t.co/CRkyywn8Vn

22/10/20

As part of Black History Month our students have been creating poems. We wanted to share this powerful poem from one of our fantastic year 8 students https://t.co/UuVYxDnDk5

15/10/20

Oil pastel drawings being completed by year 7’s this morning in their Art lessons. Check out our website for more information on September 2021 admissions https://t.co/fpTz9eoWFC

08/10/20

Thank you to everyone who joined us for our virtual open evening tonight. It was great meeting you all. If you have any questions please request a phone call with our Senior Leadership Team on our website https://t.co/jtuBPnnQmY

08/10/20

We are very much looking forward to welcoming our prospective year 6 parents to our virtual open evening tonight. All joining details are on our website. Here are the opinions of some of our year 7 students https://t.co/I7KKYHz1AF

07/10/20

The day has almost arrived for our virtual open evening. Here’s a video explaining Art at MPS. Looking forward to seeing you tomorrow night via our Google meet link on our website https://t.co/56XPGnpBuL

06/10/20

In advance of our virtual open evening on Thursday (8th October). Here’s some thoughts from one of our year 7 parents https://t.co/yI59mfw8Eg

05/10/20

We are excited to share the below opportunity at MPS. Click here to apply for the role of Chelsea Champions - Project Officer at : URL https://t.co/h7QtLY16lt

05/10/20

Our virtual open evening is on Thursday this week (8th October). Here’s some thoughts from our Deputy Head Girl. Happy Monday! https://t.co/8TY45xJdN5

02/10/20

Today is the day! Please check out our website for the information we have released for our prospective year 6 parents. We hope you find it useful https://t.co/bTgeQO0IDO

01/10/20

Today’s the day! We will be releasing lots of useful information on our website for prospective parents to view. Look out for this later. https://t.co/kCqJLE6z60

30/09/20

We were fortunate to receive a delivery of PC monitors today organised by Business2Schools. Thank you for this, the work you are doing truly does make a difference

30/09/20

Another exciting day at MPS today with some of our year 7 students developing their map reading skills in their ITP lesson. Don’t forget to check out our website tomorrow for some exciting updates https://t.co/a9Bs5jwFzS

30/09/20

Only 1 day remaining until we release a range of useful information on our website for perspective parents in advance of our virtual open evening on 8th October. Have a great day!

25/09/20

The end of another great week at Merstham Park comes to an end. This is one of our fantastic year 8 student’s work. Another day closer to 1st October where we will launch lots of useful information on our website for prospective year 6 parents https://t.co/yGJuqlRfMU

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Why Integrated Teaching Projects?

Integrated Teaching Projects (ITPs) is a teaching method in which students gain knowledge and skills by working for an extended period to investigate and respond to a complex question, problem, or challenge. In ITP, students are active, not passive; a project engages their hearts and minds, and provides real-world relevance for learning.

After completing a project students remember what they learn and retain it longer than is often the case with traditional instruction. Because of this, students who gain content knowledge with ITP are better able to apply what they know and can do to new situations.

In the 21st century, workplace success requires more than basic knowledge and skills. In ITP, students not only understand content more comprehensively but also learn how to take responsibility and build confidence, solve problems, work collaboratively, communicate ideas and be creative innovators.

It is essential that all projects have a real outcome and a real audience. When students know that the work they are creating in a project will be displayed publicly, this changes the nature of the project from the moment they start working - because they know they will need to literally ‘stand by’ their work, under scrutiny and questioning from family, friends, and community members.

This inspires a level of ambition and commitment much greater than is fuelled by the incentive of ‘getting good marks.’ In addition, students’ families, as well as other people from the local community, get to see what is going on in the school, providing an opportunity to strengthen the relationship between the school and our community.

 

Essential Elements of ITP include:

  • Significant Content - At its core, the project is focused on teaching students important knowledge and skills, derived from standards and key concepts at the heart of academic subjects.
  • 21st century competencies - Students build competencies valuable for today’s world, such as problem solving, critical thinking, collaboration, communication, and creativity/innovation, which are explicitly taught and assessed.
  • In-Depth Inquiry - Students are engaged in an extended, rigorous process of asking questions, using resources, and developing answers.
  • Driving Question - Project work is focused by an open-ended question that students understand and find intriguing, which captures their task or frames their exploration.
  • Need to Know - Students see the need to gain knowledge, understand concepts, and apply skills in order to answer the ‘Driving Question’ and create project products, beginning with an Entry Event that generates interest and curiosity.
  • Voice and Choice - Students are allowed to make some choices about the products to be created, how they work, and how they use their time, guided by the teacher and depending on age level and PBL experience.
  • Critique and Revision - The project includes processes for students to give and receive feedback on the quality of their work, leading them to make revisions or conduct further inquiry.
  • Public Audience - Students present their work to other people, beyond their classmates and teacher.