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Just three days to go until our STEM to STEAM online course begins:
Our DLaB group are really excited about sharing our ideas for digital learning across subject boundaries with you, and then taking them further in this community as we did last year with Technology Outdoors. We do hope you can find time to join in over the next three weeks 😊

An extract from my blog - RE session 4
Death and Bereavement is a sensitive subject for both adults and children. Woolley (2010) suggests presenting issues through the use of a third party, such as story books and films. This has been known to be a strong pedagogical approach to use to tackle these issues The use of story books takes the focus away from anyone in the classroom, with all of the discussion revolving around the characters in the book or the film. Children in KS1 in particular may still have some misconceptions about death that may need to be tackled by the teacher in school. Presenting children with the story/film and then giving the children time to gather their thoughts/feelings to then share if they wish is important. Some children may feel comfortable sharing with the whole class whereas others may not. A popular film that demonstrates the loss of a parent is the Lion King.

Pre F2F- Session 2
For the Pre F2F we had to read the following article on visits and visitors within school. This article stresses the importance of thoroughly planning out visits in order to ensure children have prior knowledge before attending but also the ensure you know what you are going to see and what the children are going to learn from this visit. 

Here is an extract from my RE Session 5 blogpost:

Most children will have a song that they enjoy listening to, or that means something to them personally. This means that children will therefore be able to comprehend the idea that different religions have different types of music or songs that are of importance to their faith. Music can be used as a central tool in connecting children with RE. Listening to music from other religions can allow children to gain insight into the ways and reasons why people worship, express their faith, and express how they feel (Webster, 2013, p.60). Children can also listen to the words of the song and discuss what the meaning of the song is (NATRE, 2015), and how it can be related to themes displayed in other religions, therefore allowing for links to be made across different religions.

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Here is an extract from my blog:

A phonetic ball is a piece of technological equipment that is synchronised with an iPad, and when thrown makes a noise on the iPad. We considered how this could be used during a Physical Education lesson, and how different fundamental skills could be created using different sounds.
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Pre F2F- Session 4
CBBC Just a Girl. This programme has caused a fuss over the last few months due to its content. What are your views and thoughts?
This show has caused controversy with parents over whether children should be able to access and watch a show which talks about transgender.
I think it is important that children know about this and that it is happening but i feel like this topic should be discussed and talked about in a better way where the children's questions can be answered.

Here is an extract from my blog on controversial issues within the teaching of RE:

When teaching SRE, it is important to discuss homosexual relationships, in order for children to understand from a young age that it is normal. This controversial issue is often introduced using books which tackle homophobia and promote diversity, and has been found that, the introduction of diversity from a young age, in a variety of circumstances, decreases the chances of discrimination occurring in children (Aboud et al, 2012).

An extract from LE 4 :)

A recent article by The Independent (2016) saw that 20 children are excluded everyday for incidents of discrimination and racism. To prevent hate crimes in school all teachers in Primary Schools must promote the fundamental British values of mutual respect and tolerance for all and they are required by law to have measures in place to prevent bullying – including racist bullying (DfE, 2016). A way teachers could teach such a sensitive subject in class is to bring media, such as video's and books, as a creative means of discussing with the children what racism is, and the acceptance of people from all races and cultures.

Here is an extract from my blog on visible learning:

The use of tablets in the primary school provides a variety of benefits on children’s development, as well as supporting Assessment for Learning (AfL) for both teachers and students (Visible Learning, 2017). For example, tablets, as a visual learning aid, allow children to document their own understanding and development, peer assess others work and annotate and revise their own work. Tablets also allow teachers to follow these stages, whilst documenting children’s progress, marking work and modelling to the class their objectives for the lesson (Caldwell and Bird, 2015).

Here is an extract from my blog:

Throughout the teaching of PSHE, there are some areas of teaching that are known for being sticky topics, such as Sex and Relationship Education (SRE) and Drugs Education. SRE is learning about the emotional, social and physical aspects of growing up, relationships, sex, human sexuality and sexual health. This learning is beneficial to children who themselves are growing up in various ways, however, it can become an ‘awkward’ topic for teachers and pupils to face (Woolley, 2010, p.6)
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