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 …

Bespoke CPD (Lympne C of E Primary School)

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No rest for the wicked!  Supposedly my Easter break, but I succumbed to a demand for some bespoke CPD from a school in Kent whose holidays fell in slightly different weeks.  I am glad I did too as those at Lympne C of E Primary School (https://www.lympne.kent.sch.uk/) were a very friendly, enthusiastic and appreciative bunch! Steven Owen, the Head Teacher, …

Time to focus on cultural capital (virtual Primary Humanities Network meeting – Term 4)

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A rather apt theme for our fourth Primary Humanities Network meeting of this academic year, and still virtual in format due to the continued uncertainty surrounding Covid-19, the need for a degree of flexibility and our growing numbers from all regions of the UK (and beyond on occasions): ‘What does cultural capital mean?’ and ‘How can geography and history contribute …

CPD: Tewkesbury District Partnership (TDP)

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It was time for a little more CPD this afternoon: ‘What makes an effective Subject Leader?’ (Part 2).  Once again, the intention was to make the session as interactive as possible to encourage collaboration and sharing of best practice among partnership schools. After welcoming everyone (we had a couple of additional schools on board today) and highlighting two forthcoming events (https://stepintotheamazon.co.uk/2022/01/25/having-a-focus-on-south-america-biomes-global-issues-such-as-climate-change-or-sustainability-during-term-4/ …

CPD: Tewkesbury District Partnership (TDP)

'What makes an effective Subject Leader (geography and history)?' - Part 1

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Towards the end of Term 2, I was approached by Jane Farren, Head Teacher at Norton C of E Primary School and Co-Chair of the Tewkesbury District Partnership (TDP), to see if I was available to deliver two, virtual CPD sessions for Geography/History/Humanities Subject Leaders in local primary schools.  It was agreed to focus on ‘What makes an effective Subject …

A little ‘stretch and challenge’ for the New Year!

Virtual Primary Humanities Network meeting (Term 3)

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Starting the New Year as we mean to go on!  Despite still being virtual in nature, I thought I would still try and provide a little ‘stretch and challenge’ during the third Primary Humanities Network meeting of this academic year.  After reviewing the suggestions given towards the end of our last meeting and bearing in mind the themes hitting the …

Virtual Primary Humanities Network (PHN) meeting (Term 2)

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Despite offering a face-to-face and virtual option for our second Primary Humanities Network meeting of this academic year, the majority chose online or requested a link to the recording of the meeting, plus a copy of the chat feed and the accompanying resources to be sent so that they could listen to/peruse these at a more convenient time.  With over …

British Council: Connecting Classrooms through Global Learning (CCGL) – ‘Critical thinking and problem solving’ (Day 1)

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‘Going virtual’ seems the way to go these days!  Due to the success of previous training days and further interest/demand, I was asked if I would deliver a repeat of British Council: Connecting Classrooms through Global Learning (CCGL)’s ‘critital thinking and problem solving’ course via Zoom.  The advantage of doing this is that teachers from all over the UK are …

A great way to spend a Friday afternoon in lockdown 3! (Primary Humanities Network meeting – Term 4)

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It was lovely to see, albeit virtually, many familiar faces, as well as a few new ones, this afternoon.  We were also fortunate to be joined by Glenn Carter, the man behind History Rocks (https://www.history-rocks.com/). After welcoming everyone, I outlined the aims and structure of the meeting, namely: As there was so much to get through during the meeting, I …