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Visits Really Count

Sophie is a Primary Teacher who is currently working with our Bristol branch. If you are travelling this Easter break, keep in mind what experiences you will be able to share with your students when you get back. 

Visits Really Count

When in my lesson the other week the teacher had provided me with videos to show the children. The children had to find adjectives to describe the video. With my luck with computers the videos did not work. It turns out that I had been to Oradour Sur Glane a little village in France which was bombed by the Germans which was the place they were learning about. I was able to speak about my experience and truly describe to the children what it was like. I could really help the children progress and understand the feelings of the people living in the village. It was easy for me to discuss as I simply remembered what it was like, that image of the village had stayed in my head. Eventually the videos worked but it really helped me to have the subject knowledge behind the lesson and I started to think just how crucial my knowledge was.

What it comes down to is the experiences you have in your life. There are many tourist places like castles and museums to visit. If an opportunity comes up I would strongly advise seeing anything you can. It can simply lead to a lesson or discussion in school which the children find invaluable. If a visit is not possible it just shows that you need to have as much subject knowledge as possible to do the lesson and you need to find another way to gain this. You could go to the local library or research the place to access as much information as possible.

Think about when you are on holiday is there something that is famous around the place you are. Even if it is for a short time that you visit these places it gives you endless amounts of experience to talk about. This shows the importance of children visiting the places you are discussing. For long term supply if there are any topics which the children are learning you could ask to take the children to a location that would really support their learning. This way the children can talk from their experience and have a clearer picture in their head to work from.

Visits are not always possible and you could have a stimulation day or stimulating part of your lesson. Find videos and pictures to show the children a new topic. You could use drama or art to express ideas and discussing their feelings before you move on to different work. Once I started describing the place to my class they all had questions and were inquiring about what it was like. It is amazing to see the children accessing their imagination and really trying to understand the environment. So this is just something to consider and think about wherever you are in the world there are opportunities.

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