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Introduction to Forest School - YouTube

This short film will give you an insight into what a Forest School is, why it is important and the numerous benefits that it offers.
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I have looked into forest schools before and really support their ethos. I also believe that children learn from experience. 

 

I really like the idea of getting children outdoor, across all ages. The video expresses how the school helps children to develop physically and socially. It is child led learning which is only supported by adults who offer extra equipment where necessary. It allows children to have a sense of freedom and the chance to work as a team as well as independently. 

 

I feel that if this was shown in schools other than forest schools it would help to remind them the importance of getting children outside to learn about their surroundings and also to keep them physical. The outdoors can be supportive of many areas of the curriculum and open up many possibilities. Many children enjoy being outside of the classroom from what I have previously observed. 

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Anti-Bullying Showcase 2013 - Drew Primary School, London - YouTube

600 Anti-Bullying schools, 5,000 Anti-Bullying Ambassadors from Scotland, Wales, Ireland, Isle of Wight to London, find out more here... The Anti-Bullying Am...
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This video is about anti-bullying and it is useful for schools in general.  

 

Bullying is a common thing in many schools and ideas are always being created to prevent bullying in the best way.

 

This Anti-Bullying showcase by a school in London shows the use of anti-bullying ambassadors. It introduces the issues of bullying and how hurtful it can be and how the anti-bullying ambassadors have helped made the school a safer place. Through hearing from both the children and teachers of the school we see that this strategy to rid of bullying is working and makes the school a better place.  

 

The idea of anti-bullying ambassadors is a good idea, it means that the children get to get involved in making their school a better place and doing means they are doing something positive. If there is no bullying children will feel more comfortable at school meaning their work and social development will keep improving. 

 

 

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Teachers TV- ADHD in the Mainstream - YouTube

© Crown Copyright - Provided by http://artsuk.org At Manor Primary School, Year 5 class teacher, Carol Hardwicke, has found a number of strategies that help ...
Charlotte Kirkland's insight:

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is something more and more children are being diagnosed with, therefore schools should be made aware of it. 

 

This video is good for teachers and their professional development. The video makes several recommendations to support schools who have children with ADHD and some to all children and also gives examples of what they do to support children and teachers'.


- respective of individual differences

- keep the classroom setting simple and ordered, use table plans

- need to have the right atmosphere for the children to come into, calm

- routine 

- strategies to hold children's attention is important

- be aware of children using their ADHD as "an excuse"  

- say children may be susceptible to "low self esteem" and not understand why they are being blamed for something out of their control

- reward system

- weekly inclusion meetings

- teachers need to ask for help when they need it


These points worked well for this school, even if they did not for all, it is good the school recognises every child as an individual and is accepting of all children of all abilities. 

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Pablo Picasso - YouTube

Picasso Pintando
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This video is a clip of Picasso drawing, it clearly shows the shapes Picasso is using and the way the picture slowly comes together as more shapes and ideas are brought in. Picasso demonstrates cubism and a modern approach in his work, which is often colourful and expressive. Picasso introduced a sense of freedom within art and made people look at paintings in more than one way, he is also said to have said "Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up" - art in whatever form is very important and as we saw in the Ken Robinson video keeping creativity alive is very important and I think teachers should be aware that art is something that often needs to be encouraged within schools and inspired in those children who enjoy it. 

 

This video can be beneficial to both teachers and children. For the teachers it can help them gain an understanding of how the artist works it may also help them in their professional development as if they lack confidence in art Picasso is a good artist to show how simple art can be and this video used very basic shapes to create an image. For use in the classroom again it can show children the simplicity of work but it also shows the coming together of an image and I think it is important to note the build up of ideas, it can also help those children who need support with creating ideas as this image would be easy to use as a template for them to develop their own ideas and add colour. 

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Sir Ken Robinson: Do schools kill creativity? - YouTube

http://www.ted.com Sir Ken Robinson makes an entertaining and profoundly moving case for creating an education system that nurtures (rather than undermines) ...
Charlotte Kirkland's insight:

This video highlights the importance of creativity, which I feel would be beneficial for teachers professional development. Ken Robinson makes many points within the video, a few stood out to me as I was watching. These include: 

- Creativity being as important as other subjects, linking this to not only a need to be creative but also to those children who are better academically in Art subjects compared to others within the curriculum.

- 'Children aren't afraid to be wrong', which helps them to be original, which is what Ken Robinson believes creativity is based on. 

- However, Robinson points out that the education system as it stands makes mistakes appear as the worst thing you can make, relating this to the importance of children needing to get the right answer. There appears to be a need to balance the right answer with the chance to allow children to be expressive and enjoy making mistakes and learning from them. Robinson also believes that we are educating people out of their creative capacities. 

- 'Rethink fundamental principles of education' 

- Accept 'creative capacities for the richness they are' 

Within the video Robinson discusses a number of peoples stories I think this is what makes the videos, they show people how creativity is a benefit to many children's lives and therefore must be strong within the education system. 

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Teachers TV: Introducing MFL into Schools - YouTube

© Crown Copyright. Provided by The Academic Grid http://tag.ac/ Further resources available on http://tag.ac Licensed to The Academic Grid formerly The Artis...
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This video is all about introducing MFL into schools, I have chosen this video as I feel different languages should be taught in schools to offer children a chance to learn about different cultures and give them greater learning opportunities. 

 

I like how the video shows that when the school introduced MLF it was not necessarily easy to begin but the effort is worth it, I also like that they have a variety of languages taught within the school which is something I have not yet experienced in a Primary school. 

 

The video highlights that it is not just children who are learning but it is also many of the teachers, which I feel is also a great benefit to themselves. It also shows the importance of support within the school system and how everyone has to be on board. 

 

I also learnt about roles in education that I had not heard of before such as an Advanced skills teacher and a Fast track teacher. 

 

MFL appears to be, from the video and my own experience a lesson that many children in the classroom will and can enjoy freely and together. 

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Primary NQTs - Managing Behaviour - YouTube

The Teachers TV programme follows follows newly qualified teachers Tara and Rosie on the first week of their induction year in teaching. Both are concerned a...
Charlotte Kirkland's insight:

This video clip is about two newly qualified teachers and how they deal with behaviour management. I have chosen this video as when reflecting on my own professional development I feel learning strategies to managing the classes behaviour is going to be very important for me, I also think it is something all teachers need to be prepared for and can be continuously developed throughout professional development.

 

One of the teachers in the video appears to struggle more so than the other, she found that within her first few weeks teaching the children's behaviour got worse. She felt that she needed support and went to another staff member for help, this staff member advised she kept positive and focused on the children who were behaving, the other staff member also suggested strategies to help her.

 

The other teacher also struggled with her class, she came up with a number of strategies including a point system and a seating plan. She also got the children's parents, during parents evening she spoke about the children's behaviour and asked the parents if they were willing to continue the system she had created in the classroom, the parents we saw seemed very on board with this idea.

 

The newly qualified teachers here went about behaviour management in different ways and I think that is what's important to that there is no right way to manage a class and you need to be prepared and develop strategies that work for your class. This video gives a good insight to how classrooms do not always  run smoothly but there are things that can be done.  

 

 

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Mini Monets - Lesson Plan - YouTube

This project uses pastels; a favored medium of Impressionist artists -- drawn onto matte surface Shrink Film. The chalk of the pastels doesn't actually shrin...
Charlotte Kirkland's insight:

I really like the idea shown in this video demonstration I feel it helps give the audience an understanding of impressionism and the use of Shrink film makes the project exciting. 

 

I feel this demonstration would be best used by teachers taking the idea of the activity into their own classroom and making it their own, the video clearly shows what needs to be done to create the piece but could be made more simple and accessible by the teacher. 

 

I believe the children would enjoy using pastels and learning about impressionism, something that I think could be added to this activity to make it more exciting for the children is they could be allowed to use their own photograph to create the drawing from, which would also make it more personal. 

 

The video also gives a good level of information about the techniques in the activity as well as impressionism and introducing the artist Monet. 

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Miss Patti's ArtSmart "Picasso" - YouTube

Patti Hupp is the host of ArtSmart TV. This episode shows children how to make a Picasso face. Also features the music video "Little Bigger" from her cd, 'Fe...
Charlotte Kirkland's insight:

This show is similar to the 'Artrageous' video I posted the other day, the reason for choosing another similar video is that I really like the concept behind them. These shows from 'ArtSmart TV' are child friendly, introduce children to artists and give art ideas. This show in particular introduces Picasso, which is suitable for children at primary level. These videos do not only benefit children but also teachers and parents who are not very confident with art, they allow easy access to art projects which children would easily follow especially with the assistance of an adult. 

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Artrageous with Nate Episode 1 Part 1

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These 'Artrageous' episodes give focus on a particular technique, in this episode it is Pointillism. The episode looks at a museum, an artist and creating your own art work in this style. The videos are suitable for the whole class as they are so informative and child friendly. The way these episodes are done is clever, they allow children to visit a museum without actually going to the museum, they help both children and teachers learn more about artists and their techniques and gives the class ideas of what they could do as an art project on reflection of learning about Pointillism. The style of these videos would be useful in class teaching.  

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