Connected learning: creative curriculum catchup, digital strategy and extraordinary learning in your school

The new academic year has begun! Many aspects of school have returned to pre-Covid norms, whether that’s an end to bubbles or the restoring of the whole-school assembly, but there are still areas of uncertainty, not least the possibility of a fourth wave

The Department for Education has reissued its legal requirement on schools to provide “high-quality remote education” for pupils unable to attend the school site due to Covid-19 for the next academic year (despite the fact that the DfE never actually used the previous legal powers with no injunctions issued to schools during the 2020-21 academic year). 

There are also contingency plans in place for a ‘circuit breaker’ over the autumn half-term, and possibly a week after, if needed. Regardless of national measures, schools can doubtless expect to see some children staying at home due to their own or family cases of Covid. Within school, the recovery and catchup curriculum has to be considered. 

The need for schools to be prepared for more blended learning, whether on an individual, class or school level, is clear. How can we help you? 

Have you got a dynamic digital strategy?

At the end of last academic year we reflected on the embedded change in how schools now use technology. At the BETT show this year the CLC’s Peter Lillington and Sarah Horrocks talked about the need for every school to have a dynamic digital strategy.

Is this something you will be reviewing as a school? Let us know if you’d like a critical friend in this area or have any questions.

How’s your teacher CPD looking?

We’ve made it easy for you. Our BlendEd Learning programme will continue to support schools in the use of technology in the classroom and online from home and bring you tips and experiences from teachers in other schools. As teachers return to an uncertain state of affairs at schools across the country our community of teachers has shared a few top tips on supporting staff wellbeing. We’ve also got a wide range of stimulating virtual CPD sessions coming up, open to all, so get booking!

Do your catchup curriculum plans include creative tech workshops?

We know from school feedback that children “absolutely love” taking part in our workshops, which cover an amazing range of exciting topics, from city planning in Minecraft and green screen time machines to robot challenges and programming in Scratch. These practical workshops are led by CLC teachers with active involvement from class teachers and many can take place in school as well as at our Clapham centre. Take a look at what’s on offer

Have you got the right tech kit?

We’ve been busy updating kit and resources over the summer ready to loan out to schools, from robots to microphones, microscopes and Lego. Get in touch with James to find out more.

 

Are you planning some extraordinary learning?

Despite concerns and pressures on schools we see an optimism in our partner schools as they plan engaging, inspiring learning. We share that excitement and we have many ‘extraordinary learning’ projects and activities coming up for children and teachers. 

We'll be building on our hybrid model for delivering cultural learning and other collaborative partnership projects working with hundreds of children in real time, such as last year’s pioneering media literacy News Project with First News, which culminated in an online challenge day for 10 schools, sixteen classes and nearly 480 year 5 children, or the Tate-inspired blended digital arts event.

We’re also looking forward to kicking off this year’s Game Changer Challenge, during which teams of children from our partner schools will learn how to design and programme their own computer games in Scratch, before sharing them with each other during a live online event in December. Our SLA schools can register their interest in taking part by emailing James.

 

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Does your school need a sustained programme in the use of digital technology to underpin your whole school aims and plans?

Our support package covers the following:

Professional learning

Teacher professional development which puts digital at the heart of teaching and learning

Pupil workshops

Engaging, practical workshops for your class, in your school, at our Clapham centre online

Creative technology projects

Engaging, immersive educational experiences with corporate and cultural partners

Consultancy & advice

Get tailored support from our expert team of teachers and technologists

Technology loans

Kit for every classroom

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with James

Upcoming CPD

Maths and digital technology forum for primary teachers
Maths and digital technology forum for primary teachers

The maths forum provides an opportunity for maths subject leaders to share their expertise and investigate new opportunities for digital technologies to support maths teaching and learning in class and online at home. The forum combines discussion with colleagues about school-wide progress in mathematics, with hands-on activities led by a CLC teacher, demonstrating how technology can be used to support maths. Activities will include programming in Scratch 3, which offers a practical way to illustrate and explore key mathematical concepts such as shape, space, position and direction.

03/11/21,
09:30
- 11:30
KS1, KS2
Subject leaders, Teachers...
Using technology to enhance assessment and feedback in primary schools
Using technology to enhance assessment and feedback in primary schools

Discover how digital technology can change the way we assess pupils’ work. We will demonstrate how teachers can use technology to monitor, evidence and respond to pupils’ progress in school and learning online remotely, and how pupils can use technology to present and reflect on their learning. We will outline a range of approaches to help assess and evidence learning across the curriculum.

16/11/21,
09:30
- 11:30
KS1, KS2
Computing subject leaders, Headteachers...

Upcoming Special projects

The News Project
25/11/21,
09:30
- 14:25
KS2

Special project in collaboration with First News Education

For a third year, building on two successful previous projects, we are once again partnering with the children’s newspaper First News, fellow member of the national Making Sense of Media and News Literacy networks. This special project with a literacy, PSHE and citizenship, as well as computing focus, highlights our specialist interest in this important aspect of digital and critical literacy.

The News Project will enable participating classes from year 5 to immerse themselves in news and current affairs using First News and the Bett award-winning First News iHUB, which will be provided free of charge during the school-based part of the project over a six week period. Under the guidance of their teacher, pupils will be supported in their development as a community of fully informed news readers. Classes will test their new critical skills and knowledge in the culminating virtual celebration event which will include a news competition and team-based critical literacy and editorial activities. After the event, schools will be able to use the resources from the day in their school.

The project will launch with an introductory CPD session for teachers to set the context, demonstrate resources and to plan for the school-based activities. 

Initial CPD session - Thursday 21st October 4pm-5.00pm. 

Project work undertaken in school - October and November.

Special event - Thursday 25th November 9.30am-2.45pm.

The Garden Museum
21/02/22,
-
KS1

The CLC is once again partnering with the Garden Museum to offer a partnership project for KS1 pupils (primarily suited to Yr2). Located next to Lambeth Palace on the bank of the Thames, the museum has an inspiring collection that provides the ideal stimulus for young learners to explore the world around them.

Pupils will use technology alongside the museum’s collection to explore the wonderful world of seeds.

  • How are they planted?
  • How do they spread?
  • What is inside them?

 The Garden Museum has a large collection of seeds and tools that pupils will engage with.

These half-day sessions will take place at the Garden Museum.

There is a limited number of dates available, so please book early to avoid disappointment.

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