Dr Sarah Newey from the Department of Pharmacolgoy visited
New Marston Primary School to give an assembly to years 3 and 4 (120 kids) on 'Your amazing and changing brain: How we learn'.
The aim, through images, props, videos and interactive games, is to give children a sense that their brains are not fixed structures but dynamic and change as they learn. The workshop particularly looks at synapses - the connections between nerve cells - and how they are strengthened when learning new things and how hard work, practice and having a growth mindset all lead to new and strengthened synapses.
Sarah also talked about the importance of getting enough sleep to be effective learners.
The children were engaged, beautifully behaved and lots of fun and there was nearly a riot when the prism goggles came out as they all wanted a turn!