Curriculum development (Churchdown Village Junior School [CVJS], Gloucestershire)

Consultancy

And, more curriculum development today!  It was back to Churchdown Village Junior School (CVJS) just outside the city of Gloucester to work with Emma Aldred-Tow, a very experienced Geography Subject Leader, to see how we might make their current geography curriculum offering even better.  The school attained their Primary Geography Quality Mark (PGQM) Silver Award a few years ago and …

Edward Feild Primary School, Kidlington, Oxfordshire

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Well, it was certainly beyond county for me today; a trip to Kidlington, just north of the city of Oxford, to deliver some bespoke CPD on behalf of the Geographical Association (GA) (https://www.geography.org.uk/) (and not an easy or pleasant one given the snow and localised flooding). The remit that I was given from the GA prior to half-term was ‘To …

Year 3 and 4 geography day (Drybrook Primary School)

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The weather looked promising as I headed over from Gloucester to The Christian Adventure Centre at Viney Hill in the Forest of Dean (http://vineyhilladventure.org/), so I hoped that was a good omen for the jam-packed day ahead!  I so enjoy spending time in this stunning, natural environment and with such a supportive and nurturing team.  It was great to deliver …

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/); …

Year 6 geography day (Tom Roberts Adventure Centre – TRAC)

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What a day, and blessed with some warm, fine weather too! After a successful application for funding from the Frederick Soddy Trust (https://www.rgs.org/in-the-field/in-the-field-grants/teacher-grants/frederick-soddy-schools-award/), 54 Year 6 pupils and their teachers from Dunalley Primary School (http://www.dunalley.gloucs.sch.uk/) arrived on Monday 20th May at the Tom Roberts Adventure Centre (TRAC) (https://www.tracnewent.org.uk/) for a ‘geography day’ with a difference.  Rather than being in the …

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 …

AQA GCSE Geography Network meeting , Marling School, Stroud, Gloucestershire

CPD For Me

I was lucky enough to have the opportunity to pop along to Marling School this afternoon to hear Stacey Hill, AQA’s Head of Curriculum for Geography, speak about ‘Improving performance on key themes from summer 2018′.  The session was divided into four parts, namely: Key outcomes of summer 2018: Including using geographical terminology. The use of stimulus material in GCSE …

Regional Primary Geography Conference, Bowden Hall Hotel, Gloucester

ConsultancyCPD For Me

I do love this annual event!  Not only is it always incredibly inspiring, engaging and thought-provoking, but we are also supplied with plentiful refreshments throughout the day and treated to a delicious lunch on comfy sofas overlooking the beautifully kept grounds. This theme of this year’s conference was ‘Geographical skills and fieldwork – ensuring coverage and progression‘.   We were given …