A gorgeous first day, of two days at Whitley and Eggborough Community Primary School, Goole in North Yorkshire.
Today, we spent most of the day working alongside the staff and children of the Key Stage 1 department, followed by a twilight with the whole staff.
A huge THANK YOU to Julie Snead, Headteacher at Whitley & Eggborough Community Primary School, and Acting Headteacher at Kellington Primary School, for organising our visit over these two days.
The school has an extremely successful Mantle of the Expert curriculum, and the recent Ofsted report highlighted that “Opportunities such as the ‘Mantle of the Expert’ are stimulating pupils’ learning effectively”. The Mantle of the Expert is a dramatic-inquiry based approach to teaching and learning invented and developed by Professor Dorothy Heathcote at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne in the 1980’s. The big idea is that the class do all their curriculum work as if they are an imagined group of experts.
“They might be scientists in a laboratory or archaeologists excavating a tomb, or a rescue team at the scene of a disaster. They might be running a removal company, or a factory, or a shop, or a space station or a French resistance group.
Because they behave ‘as if they are experts’, the children are working from a specific point of view as they explore their learning and this brings special responsibilities, language needs and social behaviours.
Let us be clear: the children are not putting on a play or running a business. They are simply being asked to agree, for a time, to imagine themselves as a group of scientists, archaeologists or librarians with jobs and responsibilities.
Through activities and tasks, the children gradually take on the same kinds of responsibilities, problems and challenges that real archaeologists, scientists and librarians might do in the real world”. Our ways of working, within the virtual worlds, and with the many web based opportunities, fits so well with this way of working.
Today, we had a couple of bird experts, who shared their knowledge of the life of a mysterious, colourful bird, feeding its young in a cliff top nest.
The children became confident in gathering information from each other. Some effective questioning brought forward some fascinating facts and intriguing details of the habitat, diet and lifestyle of this feathered specimen.
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