In the last 6 days the Curriculum ICT team and partnering schools/companies have been involved in some fantastic outdoor learning events. Thursday 5th July saw the launch of Bradford’s first Science and Outdoor Learning TeachMeet at Greengates Primary School. Andy Gaunt (@andygfarsley), headteacher at the school has always been a firm believer in the power of outdoor education for engaging children in meaningful learning and hence impacting on standards. As co-organisers we planned a BBQ and refreshments for all guests on arrival. This wouldn’t have been possible without sponsorship from Pudsey Computers, Master-Plan systems Ltd and Espresso Education. We’d also like to say a HUGE thank you to the staff of Greengates who manned the BBQ and made sure everybody was happy.
The original plan was to hold this event outside on the school field but due to inclement conditions throughout the week the decision was made to hold the event in the school hall. However, on arrival at the event, presenters, lurkers and organisers gathered outside in glorious sunshine to enjoy the fabulous fayre.
Once everybody had been fed and watered the presentations kicked off. If you have never been to a TeachMeet, it is an informal gathering of those curious about teaching and learning. Anyone can share great ideas they’ve trialled in their classrooms, ask important questions or simply sign up to take part in learning conversations. Education professionals from all sectors are welcome to take part.
The main part of TeachMeet is hearing stories about learning, from teachers. This is not an event to present about a product or theory – this is a chance for teachers from all types of establishments to hear ideas from each other. Real narratives of practice that make a difference. It is about being engaged and inspired by our immediate colleagues and a whole bucket load of networking to boot!
The TeachMeet was kicked off with a very confident 8 year old Hannah Gaunt who told us all about Picollage and she has used it to graphically explain her understanding of Science. This blogpost from Catherine at Bowling Park (@TaffTykeC) outlines some of the other fab ideas and stories people talked to us about. More to follow ….