Nature versus nurture

We talked today about how we are shaped, as human beings, by both our genetic inheritance and by our environment (our life experiences and the choices that we make).

One of Fred’s grannies, aged 8

But do genes or environmental factors matter more?  Here are thoughts from Amari, Josh, Callum, Orin, Ruby and Filip.

I think environment is more important than inheritance because it’s the way I’ve shaped my life.  I might have inherited skills from my family but it’s whether I actually use these skills that determines me.  You have to make choices.  In life, these choices are often a result of your experiences.  Just because I might have a certain resemblance and similar characteristics to other family members, doesn’t mean I have to devote my life to this inheritance.  It’s the path we choose that matters most.  Amari

Your inheritance is about your features and looks but environment makes me who I am and brought me here.  Josh

Inheritance is the making of you and environment is what leads you to your future.  Callum

I think that environmental factors are what really shape you, like practice and determination.  I’ve inherited lots of traits but I’ve been shaped by the world around me.  Orin

I think nature is more important than nurture because life isn’t about environmental things to me, it’s about things that are inherited from your family because they’re more unique and I think it’s nice to be unique.  Ruby

I think environment is important because what happens in life is important.  When you know how to do something it is mostly environmental because you have trained at it and done it loads of times.  Life is about taking the chance to train in the things that you have interests in.  Filip

Pictures of parents and grandparents for tomorrow’s science lesson

As per earlier post, tomorrow’s science lesson will be on genetic inheritance.  It would be great if the children could bring in photos of parents and grandparents to look at in the lesson, including, if possible, pictures taken when they were a similar age to the children now.  Thanks!

Running update

The running is going from strength to strength – the children charge out of the door onto the running track each afternoon and are increasingly difficult to persuade back into the classroom (whatever that means!)

Congratulations to Amari, Esther, Fred and Jacob on completing their marathons

ANWER, Mariam 27.5 km
BARDEN, Joshua 29.2 km
BURGESS, Cameron 37.9 km
DIWAN, Orin 55.9 km
GARDNER, Arthur 34.6 km
GEACH, Esther 50.5 km
GILES, Callum 23.2 km
GRAHAM, Olive 41.5 km
GREENSLADE, Eddie 61.9 km
GRINDLE, Delphine 27.3 km
HARRIS-MARTIN, Sherae 60.4 km
IVES, Fred 49.1 km
KIRKWOOD, Finley 41.0 km
MCQUADE, Ruby 20.6 km
MENDES, Sergio 23.2 km
MENDOZA, Valarie 25.1 km
MOBEREOLA, Aiden 14.2 km
NALUBWAMA, Leah 35.6 km
O’REILLY, Maisie 21.3 km
PALMER – ALCRAFT, Lucas 5.5 km
ROWLAND, Amari 50.5 km
SNOWDON, Jonah 41.7 km
SOLIS, Jacob 47.6 km
SUAREZ, Pablo 60.9 km
WHITE, Bobby 41.9 km
Wojnarowski, Filip 12.6 km

Britain comes in a group of words:  tea, queen, corgis, football and London

Bobby’s take on British identity!

We’ve begun a series of lessons in which we will discuss and write about “British values.” We started by looking at our unique personal values and identities and then went on to ask whether larger units – a team, classroom, school or even nation – made up (in the case of the UK) of 60 million unique people might also have values and identity.

We will later discuss and think about the values that the British government has determined should be promoted in schools, but as a start we looked at the portrayal of the UK in the 2012 Olympic opening ceremony.  

Here are some initial reflections on British values and identity from Sergio, Delphine, Olive, Eddie and Pablo.

I think that to me the good British values are being a cooperative person, being a nice person, and not being a bad person, helping people in need, obeying the law and, last but not least, not committing any crimes.  Sergio

The thing I value about our country is our creativity.  The way people express themselves through books, dance, art and music.  The important thing about Britain is people listen to each other. Delphine

I think that Britain’s sense of humour is one of the values, even though it may not be a formal one.  Another value is that the whole of Britain obeys the law. Some of the things that I like about Britain are the inspirational people and the creativity.  I also like the fact that we are an eccentric country even though we have an interesting and famous history. I feel as if the achievements we have had are amazing.  I think that part of what makes Britain Britain, is our traditional English breakfasts, the queen, our cooperation, the famous movies we have made, our peculiar decisions and so many more things.  Britain has a very interesting culture. Its history is just as magnificent. I feel as if Britain isn’t the safest country but it is definitely very welcoming.  Olive

I think Britain is a country of history and great achievements.  I value our sense of humour and creativity. Creativity being all of the authors, musicians and artists; some of the authors being the most famous throughout the world.  We have such a diverse community, where everyone in that community is allowed to speak for themselves. We care for each other, and, despite being a little mad and eccentric, we stand together as a nation, and we welcome.  Eddie

I think Britain’s identities are its music, its books and authors, its language, its traditional foods and tea, its green parts of the city, its coast, its humour and its free access to hospital.  Pablo