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How to get a team to agree to change a rubbish lesson plan???

Discussion in 'Primary' started by 0612692, Mar 26, 2011.

  1. I am an NQT and work in a team with 3 other year group colleagues. This half term our history topic is about our local area. All our foundation subjects were pre planned before I started so I was just given them to teach from. All has been fine until this subject.

    The plan for six weeks is a page of A4 long and is so woolly it is unreal. I don't come from the area so my own knowledge isn't great and the area isn't particulary well known. I've tried googling things but nothing comes up. The plan often refers to use photographical evididence but there is none in the school and I don't know where I'm supposed to find it.

    I'm fed up of giving the children uninspiring lessons as I have nothing to give them. I tried speaking about this in my last team meeting but was just told to think outside the box. I can't help but notice that the other 3 have all given this lesson to their PPA cover and I know they are finding it hard as well.

    Any suggestions for how to get them to take me seriously or how to change the plan myself to be able to inspire the children?
     
  2. I am an NQT and work in a team with 3 other year group colleagues. This half term our history topic is about our local area. All our foundation subjects were pre planned before I started so I was just given them to teach from. All has been fine until this subject.

    The plan for six weeks is a page of A4 long and is so woolly it is unreal. I don't come from the area so my own knowledge isn't great and the area isn't particulary well known. I've tried googling things but nothing comes up. The plan often refers to use photographical evididence but there is none in the school and I don't know where I'm supposed to find it.

    I'm fed up of giving the children uninspiring lessons as I have nothing to give them. I tried speaking about this in my last team meeting but was just told to think outside the box. I can't help but notice that the other 3 have all given this lesson to their PPA cover and I know they are finding it hard as well.

    Any suggestions for how to get them to take me seriously or how to change the plan myself to be able to inspire the children?
     
  3. "I can't help but notice that the other 3 have all given this lesson to their PPA cover and I know they are finding it hard as well." I've been there! Supply doing a ppa plan that was dropped in it through being left a poor plan apparently avoided by the permanent teacher.


    If you have been told you can "think outside the box", I'd take that as leeway to develop the plans as you would like. Problem sometimes is the time to develop these, but maybe you could take the photos to make photographic evidence?
     
  4. I can take photos of what is there currently but my problem is we are supposed to be thinking about the history of the area. One of the lessons we were supposed to watch a DVD about the history of the local area. Even I was falling asleep during it, it was awful. How are 7 and 8 years olds supposed to be inspired if even I'm not. I just feel awful because at the end of the day it is them who is missing out.
     
  5. inq

    inq

    Perhaps you could
    find old local newspaper reports/ photos of the local area and take the class out and take photos now and compare them.
    Get some grandparents in to say what the local area was like when they were young.
    Find old OS maps and compare them to what they used to be like.
    Get children to write letters asking questions of old head teachers of their school to see how it's changed.
    Cotact children who are now in Y11/12/13 and let them say how area and school have changed in recent past.
     
  6. Please tell me the plan involves actually visiting the local area and looking at houses and buildings?
    Most towns and villages have local history societies and even if yours doesn't, there will be parents and grandparents with excellent knowledge.
    Ask children to collect memories from older people.
    Local museums will usually do outreach visits, lots of them will even lend resources.
    Why not visit your local library or get a librarian to come in.
    You could get the children to dress up in clothes of children attending the school in days gone by.
    You can buy historical maps of every single area in the country and look at what has changed or can show them for free on an IWB.
    Look at local census records.
    Take some photos or video yourself. You may even get to know more about the area.
    This topic is so inspiring because it is history about a place that is so real to the children. Please do it justice.
     
  7. There are some nice ideas there thank you. I'm going back to my ranting and raving now, can you tell I'm annoyed. There is a local museum in the area that has displays for pretty much everything the plan covers. I suggested taking the children there at the beginning of the topic so at least then they have an idea of what I'm talking about and I can take photographs and things to use later on. I was told no because they go there in year 2. What child at the age of 7 remembers what they saw a year ago?
     
  8. Lara mfl 05

    Lara mfl 05 Star commenter

    Look at it as a wonderful opportunity to learn alongside the children.
    So your remit is 'Our Local Area'. So what questions can you ask about it? Can the children tell you anything about where they live. Have any important events happened nearby?
    Local Historical Society might have some photographs, maps or info. for you.
    Without knowing the area we can't help you too much, and I don't recommend you post the area on a public forum. You could try sending me a PM, my other half's a history specialist.
     
  9. I want to do it justice trust me. I have always loved history and I want to my children to feel the same way. No the plan does not include visiting anywhere. Thank you for all your ideas though already I have lots of wonderful things I can do differently next year.
     
  10. SUPER.SUPPLY

    SUPER.SUPPLY New commenter

    OMGoodness, the people you are working with should be confined to the dusty old cupboard where they keep the dinosaurs. link your topic to literacy too. Get them out on a walk. Do a walk yourself to see what buildings etc are around. plot a journey then read 'IT' poem. Then leave it to the children to produce inspired works of their own. It works well with Yr 3's.
     

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