Well, I’ve finally found the time to post my first post of the new academic year. As I have got the class blog all up and running with my new class, I was champing at the bit to get cracking!
Over the summer (mainly due to a change in year group and topics/themes), I have tried to embrace the enquiry based learning approach, especially to history. Having planned an outline of where I wanted to go, I have then given more emphasis on the activities which will allow the children to make better and more meaningful connections. I’d hope I had always done this but by asking the children what they wanted to find out about Invaders and Settlers really opened my eyes to what interests them. I assumed (wrongly as it turned out) that the children would come up with fairly predictable ideas but how wrong I was! They gave me a varied and greater breadth of enquiry which certainly fired me up. From these initial ideas (which we used post it notes to record), I devised activities that I believe will deepen their thinking skills and expand their capabilities. This ideas of planning together really enthused the children too as they were involved with not just the learning process but the planning one as well. This ownership is just the beginning in our creative learning journey.
As I have mentioned in previous posts, Ewan McIntosh‘s ‘Problem finder’s not problem solver’s’ analogy certainly struck a chord with me and I wanted to incorporate much of what he said into my teaching practice (wherever possible). I’d be lying if I didn’t say it takes more time and organisation but hopefully the experiential learning that occurs will be the reward.
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