Time for me to be trained for a change!

CPD For Me

It was rather relaxing being in the audience instead of presenting for once, until you are invited to contribute, of course!

Today saw me attend David Weatherly and Sheena Wright’s virtual training day, entitled ‘EYFS – Year 1 Continuity of Learning in Geography and History: EYFS into Year 1‘.

After a warm welcome and introductions, David began by setting the context of the day, as well as projecting a number of objectives.  He then discussed continuity and progression of learning from EYFS to Year 6, identifying its four key components, namely substantive knowledge, disciplinary knowledge, concepts and vocabulary and technical language.  David focused on each of these in turn, linking to history and geography and referring to documents, such as the EYFS Framework, Development Matters and National Curriculum Programme of Study at Key Stage 1.  Common misconceptions to challenge were also addressed.  Sheena Wright supplemented David’s comments, sharing her wealth of knowledge and years of experience of working in Early Years with us.

Next, we delved into an EYFS to Year 1 investigation relating to castles.  We looked at four lines of enquiry together and considered what progression might look like from EYFS to Year 1 in conjunction with this theme.

We paused for a short comfort break.  Armed with a hot drink and snack to give us some energy, we were raring to go again!  Before exploring another EYFS to Year 1 investigation on streams and rivers, David referenced Ofsted’s recent geography subject report: Getting our bearings, highlighting a couple of points within its main findings and recommendations concerning transition from EYFS to Year 1 and fieldwork.  As earlier, we investigated three different lines of enquiry to exemplify progression from EYFS to Year 1.

Following lunch, David and Sheena talked about how to choose reading books, showcasing some of their favourites. We then dipped into a book that David had written recently, entitled ‘Rosie Sends a Signal.  David shared an EYFS to Year 1 history investigation with us that was based around this book, again using four lines of enquiry to demonstrate how to ensure progression.  Whilst I have taught many aspects of history in both primary and secondary schools in the past, it is not my specialism and I confess to learning a few more facts about Queen Elizabeth I and the Spanish Armada here!

David then discussed how the same book could be utilised for an EYFS to Year 1 geography investigation.  This was more up my street, especially since coasts were mentioned (one of my preferred geographical themes).   Within just a couple of lines of enquiry, we gained insight into how to integrate both physical and human geography and even Geographical Information Systems (GIS) into EYFS and Year 1.

David concluded by considering continuity of assessment from EYFS to Year 1 and distinguishing between learning objectives, outputs and outcomes. Again, Sheena had some input, referencing the content of the Early Learning Goals from Understanding the World that related to history and geography (ELG: Past and Present and ELG: People, Culture and Communities respectively).  The final slide concentrated on sequencing: progression in knowledge and skills from EYFS to Year 1 and included two quotes from HMI Subject Leads:

The order you teach your curriculum – why you teach what you teach when you teach it.

Mark Enser, HMI Geography

‘Relating new learning to their existing understanding enabling pupils to draw links between what is already known and what is currently being taught.’

Tim Jenner, HMI History

Many thanks, David and Sheena, for an informative, engaging and reflective training day, which I would not hestitate to recommend to others.  Although I was aware of much of the content from previous CPD that I have undertaken and extensive background reading, it was reassuring to have important messages reinforced, gain answers to some questions that I had and hear about your first-hand experiences of working with primary schools and nursery settings throughout the UK.

Look forward to the next training day in a few weeks’ time!

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