Last week and as part of our commitment to ‘boy centred learning’, staff and boys took part in a brand-new Thorpe initiative, Dangerous Week for Boys. The week was dedicated to finding new and exciting ways to engage boys with learning and in doing so, encourage them to get out of their comfort zone and take some physical and mental risks. The week was the brainchild of Mr Ayres, who is a keen advocate of the thinking that boys and girls learn differently:
“I have been fortunate enough to work in excellent co-educational schools in both the state and independent sector throughout my career and they have all been very effective and produced some outstanding individuals. That being said, I have seen the advantages single sex education has for boys in particular. Boys learn through movement and visual experience so, learning needs to be interactive and participative rather than passive and instruction based. The majority of boys also learn better when they are given a purpose for their learning whereas, in general, girls see learning as intrinsically valuable.”
Dangerous Week was a hit with boys taking part in fiery physics lessons, skydiving, blind assault courses, gumball scooter rallies, coke rockets, orienteering, getting up close with snakes, tarantulas and scorpions and trips to Shortenills, the Hellfire Caves and Mop End.