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Inspiring Learning through Outdoor Science and Geography

Inspiring Learning uses the City as a location to inspire teachers to get outside and use the fantaistic City of London as a free teaching resource. The project provides training and develops resources that are connected directly to the urban world that teachers’ and pupils’ live in and which support accessible, relevant and inspirational learning in Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Geography.

Inspiring learning through Outdoor Science and Geography will:

  • Provide opportunities for up to 128 science and geography teachers and 5,760 year 8 pupils from 6 London boroughs, working with subject specialists, to use the City as a teaching location.
  • Be delivered in Greenwich and Lewisham (Sept 2013-Aug 2014) and Hackney, Newham, Tower Hamlets and Waltham Forest (Sept 2014 – Aug 2015).
  • Share resources through existing networks and new links, including online
  • Produce an external evaluation report

It will be delivered through:

  • Subject Master Classes that are run by experts in their subjects and that aim to develop and deepen subject knowledge
  • Continuing Professional Development Sessions that use real life, outdoor examples of the KS3 curriculum to support teaching
  • Exemplar outdoor learning sessions for year 8 pupils. These will be led by FSC staff in partnership with teachers that demonstrate delivery of subject knowledge in outdoor environments and build confidence in delivery
  • Develop supporting resources that are available to download here for free.

For teachers, the project will:

  • Improve subject knowledge in KS3 Sciences and Geography
  • Build competence through improved pedagogy that uses the CASE (Cognitive Acceleration through Science Education) framework
  • Raise confidence to use the city as a teaching location
  • Create new networks to enable the sharing of best practice

For pupils, the project will:

  • Encourage further exploration of associated lifestyle, education and career opportunities
  • Raise awareness, knowledge and understanding of local sites and places
  • Reinforce classroom learning through alternative teaching styles

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