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08/07/20

When the BBC visited MPS! https://t.co/0oCLO4tMne

06/07/20

Exciting day at MPS today........the BBC have been in school filming some footage to be aired on the news on Wednesday regarding the fantastic work Business2Schools are doing https://t.co/aBqasYwdOk

18/06/20

Thank you so much to Emily in year 7 who made these fabulous chocolate puddings for staff. Very thoughtful of you https://t.co/bBJfYYkXJX

18/06/20

Pleased to hear you liked it!

18/06/20

There should be a size guide on the order form. Yes, we would say they are true to size. Thanks

18/06/20

Many thanks for your positive feedback and comments, it means a lot. The staff are working extremely hard to support our students during this challenging time

18/06/20

Amazing work Iona, well done

01/06/20

Reminder that we have a virtual INSET day for staff today. Therefore, live daily learning mentor time and work posted in Google Classroom will resume tomorrow. Looking forward to seeing you all then

28/05/20

Excellent work has been produced by our Y7 geographers for their Humanities ITP. Well done to these students for superb attention to detail and use of key terms and concepts ! https://t.co/kT5a5IvtAf

22/05/20

Great to see students engaging with our weekly challenges. Here is the cover of a lovely illustrated card sent to residents at Coppice Lea Care Home and the cheese & chive scones look delicious! Well done! https://t.co/1Tm2UxqNSB

18/05/20

Fantastic VE Day poem from Iona, well done! https://t.co/yTHPz89FfJ

07/05/20

Something we have been working on to bring a smile to your face in between creating pre recorded lessons, issuing feedback, supporting students and running daily live learning mentor time sessions. Enjoy! https://t.co/OHa2QZrrvn

07/05/20

before posting it to the care home. As always, we would love to see any photos of your child attempting the weekly challenge, or any other creative task they are proud to have undertaken, on our official school twitter account. Please tag when posting on twitter.

07/05/20

Ideas of what to include in the card or letter could be writing about your experience of COVID-19, your plans for the future, books or TV shows you enjoy, and tips on passing the time. Once completed students should simply sign off with their name and ‘from Merstham Park’

07/05/20

This week's challenge is a community focused challenge. As many of you will know, as a community school, we work with the Coppice Lea care home to enrich the lives of their residents through the Arts.Your child should create a card or letter to send to a resident at the care home

07/05/20

Great work Bailey, very creative!

01/05/20

As always, we would love to see any photos of you attempting the weekly challenge, or any other creative task you are proud to have undertaken, on our official school twitter account. Please tag when posting on twitter

01/05/20

This week's challenge is related to the upcoming Victory in Europe Day (VE) day. You should create a poem to commemorate and remember this day. The following link will provide you with some background knowledge on what VE Day represents: https://t.co/JcOVLLc2b2

26/04/20

Excellent examples of our weekly PE challenges being completed by two of our fantastic students https://t.co/GRAdvSkZBV

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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.