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 …

Bespoke CPD (Lawrence View Primary School and Nursery, Nottinghamshire)

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What a productive morning we had!  Annie Ratcliffe, Geography Subject Leader at Lawrence View Primary School and Nursery in Eastwood, Nottinghamshire (https://www.lawrenceviewprimary.co.uk/), requested a morning of CPD to support her with development of the whole school’s geography curriculum. We began by tweaking the school’s intent document, referring to the National Curriculum programme of study for geography at Key Stages 1 …

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 …

Virtual Primary Humanities Network meeting (Term 6); ‘Taking learning outside the classroom’.

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At the request of many individuals, I managed to squeeze in another virtual Primary Humanities Network meeting before the end of the academic year.  The theme for our meeting was ‘Taking learning outside the classroom: Developing geographical skills and fieldwork opportunities and ideas for local history studies’.  If this was a face-to-face session, then I would usually take teachers outside and …

Term 6’s Primary Humanities Network meeting goes virtual once again and well beyond Gloucestershire!

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Well, Zoom certainly brought a buzz to my study on Wednesday afternoon!  Not only did I have several ‘regulars’ in attendance at our virtual Primary Humanities Network meeting, but also many new participants; I think we had teachers from as far afield as Cumbria in the north to Dorset in the south and Nottinghamshire in the east to Greater Manchester in …

Virtual Primary Humanities Network meeting (Term 5)

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Since so many individuals were unable to attend our Primary Humanities Network meeting in mid-March and several e-mails from Subject Leaders had entered my inbox recently, I decided to offer a repeat of our previous session virtually by means of Zoom.  Not only was this attended by a number of regulars from across the county of Gloucestershire, but we were …

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 (Gloucestershire Heritage Hub, Gloucester)

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A warm welcome awaited us at the Gloucestershire Heritage Hub (https://www.gloucestershire.gov.uk/heritage-hub/) on Thursday 16th January 2020 for our third Primary Humanities Network meeting of this academic year.  Previous Wi-Fi issues had been resolved, so we were able to use the new Dunrossil Centre as our base for the afternoon.  Despite many schools being involved in Young Voices, the turnout was still …