Year 8 Co-educational Workshop with Godstowe

Year 8 ventured to Godstowe to take part in an interactive workshop led by both Godstowe’s Mr Emm, Head of History, and our very own Mr Fryer working together to improve their Common Entrance assessment skills as well as developing their personal skills.

Forming part of our ongoing, and developing, programme of meaningful educational shared occasions with the girls’ schools, this co-educational workshop offered additional opportunities for the boys to develop their characters and personalities. The boys and Godstowe girls worked together in groups of six, collaborating and improving their CE assessment skills on unseen sources. This came a week after their Year 8 exams and worked as the perfect reflection exercise as part of their ongoing learning and development within the subject. As such, the groups were presented with a number of sources and a breakdown of each CE question with which they will be presented in their exams. Meanwhile, the scholars were presented with a number of different sources and went about collaborating with the Godstowe Scholars.

The purpose of being presented with unseen evidence means that the groups had no background knowledge of the content to allow the pupils to demonstrate their skills in source analysis, such as comprehension, comparison and assessing utility.  As such, there was wonderful discussion between the boys and girls showing critical awareness and a recognition of how subjective the subject can be. The beauty of this being that providing you can support your claims with evidence in a structured and coherent argument, you cannot be wrong!

There was fantastic teamwork on display by all groups and thank you again to Mr Emm and Godstowe for hosting. We very much look forward to inviting Godstowe back to Davenies to continue our commitment to meaningful co-educational learning opportunities.

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