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1st Day of School-Sept 2016

1st Day of School-Sept 2016

High School! Can you believe it. Addyline started High School this year. In Britain, high school starts around the time a student is 11. It is for 5 years, students graduate from high school when they are 16. After which, they have to attend some form of formal education/training until they are 18. This could include, A-levels which is university prep, college which is something like a vocational school, or work experience/apprenticeships.

High School

High School

Addyline is having a wonderful opportunity being able to experience a different education system. The summer month brought much anticipation for both Addy and us parents. Since neither of us have ever experienced British high school, we had no way to help calm her fears. Unlike in the states, the students do not receive their schedule until the first day of school. She was really nervous about this. But as we had assured her, all worked out in the end.

All Grown Up

All Grown Up

So, what is a normal day/week like for Addyline? Well, first she has to fit in 13 different subjects. These 13 subjects are divided into a 2 week rotation, each day consisting of 5 classes. No day is the same during those two weeks. The 13 subjects are: Art, Beliefs and Values, Design Technology (this includes: engineering, manufacturing, construction, food, and fashion), English, Geography, History, ICT (information & communications technology, computing and business studies), Life Skills (British values, rule of law, liberty, mutual respect & tolerance, etc.), Maths, Music, Physical Education, Science, and Language (Addyline has chosen Spanish).

So many things to learn! Her first term went very well. Addyline enjoyed all of her subjects, especially Spanish. She has found a few things difficult, such as remembering how to spell words the British way, knowing the geography of the UK and a few other things that are specific to here (i.e. some maths terms are different in “British” than in “American” English). One thing we have loved is the teaching of history here. Addyline has learned and taught us so much about Medieval Norwich and that time period, castles, and more. And she would of course say she LOVES Spanish. Her teacher Mr. Stubbs speaks only in Spanish to them and they must speak only in Spanish to him. He doesn’t use worksheets or memorization to teach, rather he teaches through games, songs, and interactions. We told Addy, she might find Spanish classes back in the states not so fun.

One thing we have found difficult is the grading system. It is not on a letter scale A to F, but on a number scale. She doesn’t get a lot of things graded and returned, instead after each term we receive information on what she would score if she took the tests today that are given at the end of year 11. And also, information on where the teachers think she will score at the end of her high school experience (year 11). Not sure how helpful that is. We are looking forward to the next parents night to ask more questions.

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