Whistle-stop tour launches first project of its kind

Year seven students took a whistle-stop world tour to launch their first project-based learning task
Year seven students took a whistle-stop world tour to launch their first project-based learning task

YEAR seven students went on a whistle-stop world tour to launch a project that is the first of its kind for the school.

Steyning Grammar School’s first project-based learning task, with an international theme, came from a question posed by a year seven student on a school trip last year.

Mrs Jo Clear, director of key stage three at the Church Street site, was asked: “If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be and why?”

This then became the basis for the task, which was launched on Thursday.

Sarah Pilling, assistant headteacher and director of learning, explained: “Project-based learning enables students to explore real-world problems and challenges.

“They present these to live, often external, audiences and each project begins with a launch event.”

For two hours, students were immersed in a whistle-stop tour of 17 countries, including a five-minute taster of each country and why they might like to live there.

Activities included crêpes and pétanque in France, athletics in Jamaica, golf in Scotland, a barbecue in Australia and mocktails in Hawaii.

Sarah added: “We are really looking forward to our year seven students independently researching, planning and organising a creative presentation of their own, about where in the world they would like to live and why, following this interactive taster.”

The school is introducing project-based learning, also known as independent working, to ‘ensure students are ready for the challenges of the 21st century workplace’.