Not quite the same as face-to-face, but virtual does the job well for now!

Primary Humanities Network meeting (Term 1; 2020-2021)

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Thanks to Zoom, our first Primary Humanities Network meeting of this academic year was able to go ahead with the theme of ‘Assessment, including moderation of pupils’ work’.  After welcoming attendees, some familiar faces and several new ones, I outlined the aims and structure of the meeting: To begin with, I focused on the latest developments; not only items from …

Primary Humanities Network meeting (Tom Roberts Adventure Centre [TRAC], near Newent, Gloucestershire)

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Not quite the weather that I had hoped for, but we managed! The theme for our final meeting of this academic year was ‘Taking learning outside the classroom‘.  After welcoming individuals, I shared the aims and format of the session.  The intention was for majority of this session to be held outside at the Tom Roberts Adventure Centre (TRAC) (https://www.tracnewent.org.uk/); …

Primary Humanities Network meeting, Gloucestershire (Term 6)

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Come and join us! ‘Useful to gain feedback on assessment.’ ‘Inspired to take next steps.’ ‘It has given me lots to think about.’ ‘Interesting. Informative.  It was really reassuring to know that what we are being told in school is also being echoed by others.’ ‘Better understanding of geography within the new Ofsted Education Inspection Framework (EIF) and what a …

GCSE geography fieldwork revision day (University of the West of England [UWE], Bristol)

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What a great experience for Year 11 pupils from Al-Ashraf Secondary School for Girls in Gloucester!  Dr Chris Spencer, a Senior Lecturer in Geology and Physical Geography in the Department of Geography and Environmental Management at the University of the West of England (UWE), had worked hard to coordinate a fantastic day for them; perfect revision of their human and …

‘Arctic Alive’ workshop, Christ Church C of E Primary School, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire

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I just love the ‘Arctic Alive’ kit bag with its giant floor map, lesson plans and resources (https://www.canadaukfoundation.org/arctic-alive/), and so did the teachers and children at Christ Church C of E Primary School, Cheltenham in Gloucestershire (http://www.christchurchschool-chelt.co.uk/), judging by the photographs and feedback below! The Canada-UK Foundation (https://www.canadaukfoundation.org/our-story/) aims to foster a greater understanding of Canada in the UK through education.  …

Wicked Weather Watch (WWW) Arctic Extravaganza, University of the West of England (UWE), Bristol

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And, what an extravaganza it was!  100+ youngsters and their teachers from 8 local schools, plus 2 home educators, representatives from the charity, Wicked Weather Watch, and freelance consultants, all descended on the Exhibition and Conference Centre at UWE for a day of Arctic-themed activities.  The overall aim was to use different mediums to relay the key messages about climate …

Twilight staff training

Abbeymead Primary School, Gloucester

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My task this afternoon was to deliver a twilight training session centred upon ‘taking learning outside the classroom’ for all staff at Abbeymead Primary School on the outskirts of the city of Gloucester.  Fortunately, the weather was fine and dry, so we were able to spend some time outside replicating a few of my suggested activities … this does not …