In response to school requests and shortage in budgets, Focus is now selling recorded versions of our zoom courses for schools to purchase.
This training is sent via an emailed link and can be watched directly from the website (streamed) or downloaded and watched at a later date. It comes with an e-book version of the training notes. Printed copies of the training notes are available at an additional cost.Advantages of buying our video training:
- Watch at school or home
- Watch on your own or with other members of staff
- Can pause, replay and discuss
- No supply costs
- No travel costs or travelling time
This zoom training is aimed at primary school leaders and curriculum leaders. This training will consider helping staff to bridge the gaps that the six months break will have created for pupils, putting a specific focus on non-core subjects.
The training content:
It is inevitable, that with almost six months absence from schools, there will be gaps in some areas of the curriculum for many of our children. Whilst, on the whole, these gaps can be filled in mathematics and reading, through thoughtful and precise evaluation by maths and English leads, this may not be the case, or there may not be sufficient time allocated to other subjects.
The period up to the end of this academic year will undoubtedly, and rightly, focus on reading, mathematics and writing. Staff will also need to prioritise children's well-being and may well, understandably, give additional time to physical and creative activities between June and the end of term.
This training is aimed at helping staff support children's 'catch up' with historical and geographical knowledge and skills. The main aim is to help schools to be ready to 'hit the ground running' after the summer break.
Although many children will have undertaken home learning experiences, it is unlikely that these experiences will have touched on the main concepts that children should be exposed to in history and geography and therefore their ability to build on the previously taught knowledge and skills may well be a little shaky.
In history, for example, the subject should inspire curiosity about the past, help children to ask perceptive questions, to think critically, to weigh evidence and shift arguments as well as developing perspective and judgement. It is unlikely that home learning may have prioritised these concepts.
In geography, the subject should inspire a curiosity and fascination about the world and its people that will remain with them for the rest of their lives, we should be equipping children with knowledge about diverse places, people, resources and natural and human environments, together with a deep understanding of the Earth's key physical and human processes. As their understanding deepens, they should understand the interaction between physical and human processes, and of the formation and use of landscapes and environments. As in history, it is unlikely that home learning will have focused on these concepts.
The main issue may well be that, for many schools and individual staff members, they will be more concerned with making up the lost 'coverage' rather than thinking about the main 'concepts' that children will have missed out on.
We may need to accept that some of the coverage may be lost for ever. However, we cannot afford to lose out on the main concepts. This training aims to provide schools with support to get the focus right and to make the most of the time allocated to history and geography, in particular.