Students in year 11 are experiencing the joys of teaching by delivering lessons on a range of topics from Healthy Eating to Human Rights. The students have created and developed their lessons as part of their Welsh Baccalaureate Community Challenge, for which they have to plan and develop a lesson with a lesson plan, resources and activities and then spend 10 hours delivering this to younger pupils in the school.
The purpose of the Community Challenge is to develop learners’ skills, whilst encouraging learners to identify, develop and participate in opportunities that will benefit the community. During the Community Challenge learners will explicitly develop skills of Planning and Organisation and Personal Effectiveness and apply them in an appropriate manner.
The lessons give the students in KS3 the opportunity to learn about looking after their health and emotional well-being and moral and spiritual development; to become active citizens and promote sustainable development and global citizenship; and to prepare for lifelong learning.
Teachers supervising the lessons have observed teaching techniques and activities that engage and educate the pupils with well prepared and good quality resources. The students have demonstrated a thorough knowledge of the topics they are teaching and enjoyed passing this on to the younger learners.
After the first day of teaching, many of the students have commented on not only how much they are enjoying the activity, but also how this has helped them reflect on their own attitudes and behaviours in the classroom.
Although there are some students have said they know that teaching in not a career path for them, some have taken to the experience so well we are sure that they will one day go on to become excellent teachers themselves.
Well done to all the pupils who are taking part.