LOCATION:Holiday Inn, 888 Oldham Road, Newton Heath, Manchester, M40 2BS.
A Book Led Curriculum: Designing a magical learning journey for your school - 26 May 2022
Jo Gray, Head of School Development, and Karl Duke, inspirational head teacher at Blyton cum Laughton Church of England School, will share their passion for books and how these can drive, shape and lead the whole school curriculum.
Drawing on her experience of supporting many schools to develop their curriculums, Jo will ensure that every delegate is equipped with the skills, knowledge and confidence of developing the curriculum vision and interweaving the magic of books throughout; stories help create neuronal pathways and links in learning. She will explore with you how to ensure you choose main and supplementary texts that support the values of your school whilst ensuring that texts offer children the opportunity to see themselves in (mirrors) and texts that help the children to see into, or experience life as others do (windows).
Karl will share how he has developed a reading-inspired curriculum; ensuring an exposure to quality picture books and novels at the primary level. The curriculum is based on Christian values and attitudes and carefully chosen, high quality texts that, in conjunction with learning designed to link concepts, enable pupils to reach their full potential. At Karl’s school, books are used as the ‘glue’ within the curriculum. Karl understands that, to create a ‘reading school’, he must share his love for reading through teachers, staff and parents. He expressed the excitement of mapping out diverse learning strands within a book with his teachers in preparation for a term’s learning, and also expressed his pride in his PSHE curriculum taught through high-quality picture books for all children to access and explore.
The course will allow you to discuss how pupils can use new knowledge, deepen their enquiry skills, form links in their learning, make use of their oracy skills all by using books to hook learning onto. We will also explore concerns around how we can ensure that the curriculum allows for progression, key concepts and values whilst encouraging teachers to ensure new learning is put into a real-world context and inspires children for their future.
Lunch and refreshments included and free parking onsite.
We are lucky enough to be working closely with Jo, who is supporting us on our journey to create a progressive, diverse and well-structured whole-school curriculum. Jo offers her expertise and support every step of the way, which is leading us towards a very successful curriculum- which clearly highlights progression and retention across the school. If you are lucky enough to be working on something exciting, that you really care about you don’t have to be pushed as the vision pulls you. It really is true, if someone is there to believe in you and support you, amazing things can happen. Thank you Jo!
Laura Taplin - Acting Head Teacher Lucy Curbishly - Teacher and Curriculum Development Lead Firs Primary School, Trafford
Who's it for?
Head Teachers, Deputy Head Teachers, Curriculum Leads, Literacy Leads