One teacher had the topic of bridges and found it very uninspiring, both for her and for the children.
In one school parents were asked if they had any skills to contribute and a nutritionist volunteered to talk for the growth topic. Children liked having a known expert and were very engaged.
One teacher introduced sports key skills for topics and literacy, using a grid for the key skills. Children discussed these well but needed help in seeing how their questions linked to the skills. This should improve with practise.
Self-assessment was trialled at the end of the topic and teachers discussed children making mind maps at the beginning and end of a topic to show their learning.
Immersion had been trialled in English for a Roman topic and for different writing genres. Children have the subject knowledge and enthusiasm and know how to create success criteria for each genre. However, with the new curriculum there is a lot to cover.
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