Term 2’s virtual Primary Humanities Network meeting goes European!

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The benefits of taking our Primary Humanities Network meetings online are becoming visible … no longer do I simply reach out to teachers in Gloucestershire and neighbouring counties, but educational professionals from as far and wide as the Isles of Scilly and Geneva, Switzerland were able to join us this afternoon! The foci for today’s meeting were very welcome in …

Let’s go on a scintillating South American adventure!

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Thanks to support from the Geographical Association’s Initiatives Fund (GAIF), Adriana Meirelles and myself were able to take 248 upper Key Stage 2 pupils and 20 teachers and teaching assistants from five schools across the Gloucestershire/South Gloucestershire/Bristol area on a scintillating South American adventure on Wednesday 14th October 2020.  It was originally intended to hold this workshop in the Department …

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 …

Regional Primary Geography Conference (Bowden Hall Hotel Gloucestershire)

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Well, it was time for David Weatherly to return to Gloucestershire for his annual Regional Primary Geography Conference (www.davidweatherlyeducation.co.uk).  David is a School Improvement Adviser and an accomplished teacher with an international reputation as an inspiring trainer. Whether working in schools or at CPD events, he always models practical and achievable approaches to improving engagement and outcomes of pupils. He …

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/); …

‘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.  …

SWGfL Online Safety Live, Lakefield C of E Primary School, Gloucestershire

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Well, Monday afternoon saw me back at Lakefield C of E Primary School in Frampton-on-Severn, Gloucestershire (https://www.lakefield.gloucs.sch.uk/gloucs/primary/lakefield), this time for a Online Safety Live event (https://swgfl.org.uk/training-events/online-safety-live/) delivered by representatives from SWGfL and not to conduct a grueling Online Safety Mark assessment!  Following on from the latter than I carried out last July, it was agreed that one ‘area for development’ …

Primary Humanities Subject Leaders Network meeting, Tom Roberts Adventure Centre (TRAC), Newent, Gloucestershire

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This time, it was a slightly upmarket meeting spot for us due to sponsorship from TUI UK (http://www.tui.co.uk).  Usually, a local school offers to host a meeting, but this time we were able to venture to a more spacious venue, with ample parking and no interruptions from children, colleagues or parents/carers (TRAC – Tom Roberts Adventure Centre, near Newent in …

Geographical Association (GA) Annual Conference, Sheffield Hallam University (5th to 7th April 2018)

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https://www.geography.org.uk/GA-Annual-Conference-and-Exhibition Well, there was certainly a real buzz in the air at the Geographical Association’s Annual Conference, this year held in its home city of Sheffield and celebrating its 125th anniversary.  The early start and late finish, plus delayed train travel, was worth it to interact with like-minded people, feel inspired and revitalised about teaching geography and gain many new …

‘Let’s go on an awesome, Arctic adventure!’ (yet again)

Longney C of E Primary Academy, Gloucestershire

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I was really looking forward to visiting Longney C of E Primary Academy again on Friday 29th September 2017.  Over the years, I have had much contact with staff and pupils at the school, whether it be supporting their former Geography Subject Leader with curriculum development, fieldwork/’taking learning outside the classroom’, Frederick Soddy Trust Award and Primary Geography Quality Mark …