Over the last 2 weeks our youth and sports volunteer team on Koro continue to develop their educational assistance at Kade and Nabasovi Primary Schools, implementing a range of methods and activities to engage and encourage the students.
Kade Primary School
At the Kade school Mike and Will introduced the small group learning sessions for members of classes 5 & 6 who were excelling in certain subjects, allowing them to progress their learning whilst offering the teacher an opportunity to focus upon those students struggling within the subject area. The sessions included advanced advanced methods of multiplication in Maths, and letter writing in English, with a letter draft being posted to the Ministry of Education seeking assistance for the school.
With the class 7 & 8 students Paige continued to develop the literacy skills of the kids, completing Treasure Island before asking the students to then design a book cover of their own and write a short piece summarising the story. The idea was to encourage the students to use their imaginations within creative writing, whilst also applying written skills.
Recognising that the students respond to a variety of teaching methods, in classes 1, 2, 3 & 4 Hannah and Anna had some fun, whilst also looking to educate the classes, with games of ‘Hangman’ and ‘Heads Down, Thumbs Up’. James also appealed to their sense of creativity and competetiveness when having a drawing competition, with the kids asked to draw their village from different perspectives.
Nabasovi Primary School
Using the tool of letter writing across both primary schools, Will asked class 6 at Nabasovi Primary School to write a letter of invitation to their birthday party, promoting their written English whilst allowing the kids to have some fun.
Ciara also encouraged the use of fun games and activities to assist with learning in classes 3 & 4, joining the kids when singing the alphabet song, and playing word games during English classes.
In classes 7 & 8 Theo and Lygon were able to assist with the ‘Cinema class’ for the students, helping them in learning about films, production, directing and Hollywood itself. Often those subjects and lessons that are outside of the mainstream curriculum get great enthusiasm from the kids as something new and exciting, and it was great for the guys to be involved.
Just as in Kade the team have also been eager to promote more interactive learning for the students, and during her time with classes 5 and 7 at Nabasovi Primary School Paige asked them to make environmental awareness posters, comic strips for creative writing, and paper fortune tellers on different themes to assist with revision.
It has been fantastic to see the progress and development of the teaching methods and aims at both schools over the last 2 weeks, and the team are looking forward to continuing these initiatives here on Koro!