New video clips for the start of the school year Sept. 10, 2014

Welcome to the new school year! For the start of the autumn term, we are pleased to announce a selection of new video clips on ReelLearning for both primary and secondary teachers. The new video clips look at the use of whole books in KS2 as a stimulus for learning across the curriculum, and in KS3 we focus on the development of teamwork skills within the classroom. As always interview clips with teachers, head teachers and learners accompany the lesson content.

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We’ve got 2 featured clips for the start of the new term.

For primary teachers check out ‘How can you promote in-depth exploration of text?’ where the impact of working with whole books on children’s learning is illustrated.

For secondary teachers take a look at ‘Review and Reflection’ where we see the teacher and students review and reflect together towards the end of their lesson. The plenary ends with students suggesting some ideas for the improvement of teamwork. This issue of group construction is then picked up in the related interview with the teacher, which you can listen to in the clip titled ‘Grouping Strategies’.

For a full list of new clips for both primary and secondary, visit our new blog posts.

New Secondary clips - Autumn Term 2014 Sept. 10, 2014

Here’s a complete playlist of all our new Secondary clips.

We join a KS3 class developing their teamwork skills. They are writing a bid to host an Olympics event. With an emphasis on being creative and reasoning, the importance of teamwork is highlighted.

At the end of the lesson, we see a plenary session where individual and group reflection is followed by feedback and discussion on how individuals worked, and how the team could improve next time. An interview with the teacher gives background to the learning and teaching experiences.

Classroom Interaction

• Sharing lesson intentions

• Teamwork protocols

• Starting the group task

• Ideas taking shape

• Mini-plenary

• Extending group ideas

• Homework task

• Consolidation phase

• Review and reflection

Professional Dialogue

• Providing ‘thinking time’

• Grouping strategies

• Encouraging transfer

• Life long learning

New Primary clips - Autumn Term 2014 Sept. 10, 2014

Here’s a complete playlist of all our new Primary clips.

We join KS2 towards the end of the summer term where the classes have been reading two books, The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas and Goodnight Mr Tom, as a stimulus for learning across the curriculum, and also to approach different writing genres.

The video clips include group-based discussion, direct teaching, speaking and listening and writing. We learn about the impact of a whole book approach on children’s learning, and see the on-going process of evaluation and planning from the staff and head teacher’s point of view.

Classroom Interaction

• How do pupils see the link between reading and writing skills?

• What does it mean to compare characters in a book Part 1?

• What does it mean to compare characters in a book Part 2?

• What does it mean to compare characters in a book Part 3?

• What does this picture mean to you? – comparing characters

• What are the benefits of studying whole books?

• How can you promote in-depth exploration of text?

• How can a teacher promote exploration of text for meaning?

• How do pupils understand their learning? – developing meta-cognition

• Studying whole books – what are the pupils’ perspectives?

• How do you develop pupils understanding of success criteria for writing?

Professional Dialogue

• What is the place of whole books in the new curriculum?

• How should teachers evaluate and plan towards a whole book approach?

• What are the key features of introducing the new National Curriculum using whole books?

• What is the impact of a whole books approach on pupils’ learning?