Teaching and Learning Bulletin – Issue 20

Issue 20 – 18 June 2018

What is a knowledge based curriculum?

 The curriculum is an increasingly hot topic in education especially on EdiTwitter where the debate between different viewpoints is becoming livelier by the week. Tom Sherrington, author of The Learning Rainforest: Great Teaching in Real Classrooms, published an article on his TeacherHead blog last week which offers a useful overview and builds a case for why ensuring pupils develop secure knowledge is important.

This blog entry is particularly useful as it looks at how/what this might mean in terms of curriculum design and content and draws on examples from science and history in schools he has worked with. The blog can be found at: Knowledge rich curriculum

 Maths in motion

4 Buckinghamshire schools have made it through to the final of the Maths in Motion Challenge. Butlers Court, Chalfont St Giles Junior, Prestwood Junior and Turnfurlong Junior will all be competing in the final race meeting on 20 June. They will join schools from England, Scotland, Belgium, China & Australia in a series of races that will be broadcast live on YouTube at https://tinyurl.com/MIM-WF from 1330

The Maths in Motion Challenge involves students working together in small teams. These teams set up virtual racing cars and then compete against each other in a series of Grand Prix type races throughout the year in the hope of becoming World Champions. This activity involves a wide range of basic mathematical skills being used and applied.

The Challenge aims to inspire youngsters to consider taking up careers in engineering. Young engineers are needed in a wide variety of industries throughout the world and the intention is that by taking part in this challenge young people will ‘get interested’ enough to want to find out more.

Further details can be found at Maths Challenge

Zoo Keeper in your classroom

ZSL are now running Digital Outreach sessions – linking classrooms to the zoo via Skype.

Digital Outreach sessions can be used to extend learning after a zoo visit, or can be standalone sessions.

Each session is hosted by a member of the Discovery & Learning team and designed to meet specific National Curriculum links that directly relate to conservation work.  By using the species cared for at the zoo, and relating to conservation work out in the field, ZSL can provide context to classroom teaching – without students having to leave the classroom.

Each session costs £50 and is designed for a maximum of 35 students

You will need the following in your classroom to be able to support a digital outreach session:

  • A Skype account
  • An internet connection
  • Computer with microphone and speakers
  • A webcam
  • Interactive White Board (or another way to display the Skype picture)
  • To book a digital outreach session then please call the ZSL Supporter Services team on 0344 967 0831 (open every day 8.30am – 5pm) or email digitaloutreach@zsl.org

Once Upon a Picture

Once Upon a Picture is a fabulous website to encourage thinking, talking, writing and creativity using pictures in the classroom. The website hosts a range of pictures, grouped into categories such as ‘The Thinking Collection,’ ‘The PSHE collection’ and ‘The Character Collection.’ Each picture is accompanied by a range of questions, developed by teachers, to stimulate discussion.