Dozens of go-carts were the last thing I expected to find when visiting Trimdon Grange Nursery and Infant School. From the outside the school looked quite ordinary, but stepping inside I was confronted with go-carts constructed from scraps of wood, cardboard and salvaged pram or scooter wheels. The go-cart race next week will be attended by most of the community at this ex-mining village near Durham.
The Head, Catherine Worton, explained how these go-carts formed the core of the curriculum last term for Year 1 and 2. Children experienced how properties of various materials serve particular needs (Science). They learned about wheel and axle mechanisms and electrical circuits (Design technology). The project included instructional and explanatory writing (English) plus measurement of distance and time (Maths). Learning dispositions deepened: motivation, perseverance, and the success of using real tools to achieve satisfying results.
Doesn't it make you want to go back to school?