Feedback from attendees included:
‘Informative; helpful; vibrant; celebrating learning; enthusiasm.’
‘Focused; engaging; information-packed; resource-rich; fantastic ideas!’
‘Very useful history and geography resources.’
‘Large variety of resources to go away and look at. Lots to think about!’
‘Huge list of resources given. Lots of reading material to explore further.’
‘Wide range of resources to explore. Good opportunity to share ideas/ask questions.’
‘Great for sharing ideas and resources. Fantastic to be able to meet with other teachers.’
‘Useful sign-posting to new resources.’
‘Positive – I’m on the right lines in regard to changes that I’ve made based on suggestions (new curriculum map, etc.)’
‘Informative. Good chance to talk to other Subject Leaders and find out about resources available.’
‘Really interesting. Resourceful. Great to make links with others.’
‘Resource-rich; insightful; thought-provoking. Love the social aspect too!’
‘Informative; reassuring; insightful; progression; assessment.’
‘Informative; resources; ideas; ‘deep dive’ information; websites.’
‘Lots of ideas and resources for curriculum planning.’
‘Lots of resources; informative; supportive.’
‘A great opportunity to talk to other teachers and share ideas.’
‘Very informative. Fantastic to have time to discuss matters of interest.’
‘Thank you so much for Thursday, Emma – it was a fabulous session, and I must admit that having the time to chat with colleagues about the topics you raised, as well as other concerns, was hugely beneficial.’
Following interest from several schools/individuals, I established a Primary Humanities Network for local teaching professionals back in April 2018. This has grown enormously over the past year or so, which has made all the time and effort involved hugely worthwhile. It is intended to meet one afternoon each term (please feel free to bring your lunch with you if necessary). Each meeting will aim to focus on a particular aspect of geography and/or history, determined very much by the needs/desires of the group.
Our fourth session of 2019-2020 will take the theme of ‘Ofsted’s new Education Inspection Framework (EIF) and the 3Is – Part 4’. In the fourth of a proposed series of sessions, we will consider the final of the 3Is: ‘impact’ (‘How do geographical/historical knowledge and skills prepare pupils for the next stage of education?’; ‘What do pupil outcomes tell us about the appropriateness of the curriculum intent?’; ‘To what extent have pupils progressed towards curriculum ‘goals’ and evidenced what they can remember about the content studied?’). Later, we will explore the role and responsibilities of the Subject Leader. As a Subject Leader, you will need to reflect upon the cohesiveness and effectiveness of the geography/history curriculum, articulate why you teach what you do and understand the impacts on all pupils. Through both my input and the shared experiences of others, it is hoped that you will return to school with further ideas to support your continued whole school curriculum planning and development.
The aim is to meet from 1.00 pm to 3.30 pm on Friday 20th March 2020 at the Gloucestershire Heritage Hub (former Gloucestershire Archives), Clarence Row, Alvin Street, Gloucester, GL1 3DW (https://www.gloucestershire.gov.uk/heritage-hub/find-out-where-we-are/). Parking is available on site (at cost of £3.00, payable by cash or card at the front desk). The cost per head is £40.00, with refreshments provided upon arrival and throughout the afternoon.
Please bring a Wi-Fi enabled laptop/tablet and USB stick with you, along with a copy of your annual whole school curriculum plan and current scheme of work/topic map.
To reserve a place, please contact Emma Espley by e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Please apply no later than Friday 13th March 2020.
I look forward to seeing some familiar faces, as well as a few new ones too.