Online Safety Mark assessment (Hardenhuish School, Chippenham, Wiltshire)

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Time for an Online Safety Mark assessment in situ … hooray!  Restrictions imposed by Covid-19 over the past couple of years have meant that any Online Safety Mark assessments that I have completed have been done so virtually.  However, it was great to be ‘back on the road’ again, meeting staff, governors, parents/carers and students and witnessing policy being put …

Virtual Primary Humanities Network meeting (Term 6)

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Trying to fit a virtual Primary Humanities Network meeting into a busy Term 6 is not easy, but we managed it!  Our ‘real time’ numbers were slightly less than usual as several regulars were away on residential trips, could not gain cover due to sickness among colleagues or had Parents’ Consultation afternoons, Sports Day, etc. to attend.  Nevertheless, there was …

geography southwest Conference, University of the West of England (UWE), Bristol

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Well, what a buzz there was in the Department of Geography and Environmental Management at UWE today (https://www.uwe.ac.uk/about/faculties-and-departments/environment-and-technology/geography-and-environmental-management)!  I was there to support Simon Ross and John Davidson, the founders of the geography southwest website (https://www.geographysouthwest.co.uk/) and Harry West, Senior Lecturer in Geography and Environmental Management at UWE (https://people.uwe.ac.uk/Person/HarryWest), with the registration process, as well as having the opportunity to …

Geographical Association (GA)’s In the Know webinar series

(Webinar 6: Grid references and map symbols) Time to get practical!

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Our final ‘In the Know’ webinar took the theme of ‘Grid references and map symbols’, one that links closely to geographical skills and fieldwork. Word seems to have spread about our weekly webinars as our audience continues to grow, both in ‘real time’ and for listening/viewing when time allows, which is great to witness. Maps are works of art.  There are many …

Geographical Association (GA)’s In the Know webinar series

(Webinar 5: Settlements)

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This week’s ‘In the Know’ webinar took the theme of ‘Settlements’, one with strong links to history too. Our ‘real time’ audience was somewhat depleted this week; I think teachers were keen to enjoy some sunshine after school!  Nevertheless, a few individuals had sent apologies in advance of the session as they had school events to attend or were away …

Bristol Teacherfest 2022

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  Bristol Teacherfest is in its third year and has grown so much over time that it is now able to promote a wide range of events aimed at Bristol-based teachers.  This year has seen a slight change of focus, with many events being hosted by schools within the Bristol Education Partnership (BEP) (https://www.bristollearningcity.com/education/bristol-education-partnership/).  Colleagues have generously offered their time …

Geographical Association (GA)’s In the Know webinar series

(Webinar 4: Latitude, longitude, day and night)

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Well, it was time for another ‘In the Know’ webinar.  This week the focus was on ‘Latitude, longitude, day and night’, a theme I had to explore in some depth over the summer of 2020 when creating a bank of ‘locational knowledge’ resources with Simon Catling (Professor Emeritus of Primary Education based in the School of Education at Oxford Brookes …

Geographical Association (GA)’s In the Know webinar series

(Webinar 3: Mountains and volcanoes)

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Thursday afternoon soon comes around again … time for another ‘In the Know’ webinar.  This week the focus was on ‘Mountains and volcanoes’, one of my favourite themes to teach when I was in the classroom. Word seems to have spread about our weekly webinars as our audience continues to grow.  If you have yet to attend one of the …

Virtual Primary Humanities Network meeting – Term 6: ‘Reflecting geographies’

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Just a handful of the ‘concluding comments’ from those who attended our previous Primary Humanities Network meeting in ‘real time’ or accessed the recording and accompanying resources to review at later date: Thanks for another fab session.  Thanks to everyone for their contributions, it’s really good to get to know other Subject Leaders. Many things to investigate further! Full of …

Bespoke CPD: Chalford Hill Primary School, Gloucestershire

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Well, it was back to Chalford Hill Primary School this morning to deliver the second half of their bespoke CPD (https://www.chalfordhillschool.co.uk/). Kate Lewis, their newly appointed Subject Leader for Geography (along with having responsibility for EYFS and Outdoor Learning), had made good progress since our previous encounter.  Following a staff meeting a couple of weeks ago, she had managed to …