Back to School with LGfL

As teachers we get angry when we start seeing the ‘back to school’ signs in our local shops, but we have to face it, the summer break is nearly over, and it is (nearly) time to go back to school.

Going back to school after a long summer holiday can be tough. To make it easier on everyone, we’ve identified ten ways you can use LGfL resources and services to make the landing a little smoother and the start of school that much easier.

Make sure you are using our curriculum resources to their fullest: by mapping our resources to your curriculum, browse by subject/key stage to see everything relevant to you at a glance or search for a specific National Curriculum statement for a specific lesson need.

 

Read and subscribe to our Blogs: to keep up to date with our latest resources, we currently have 3 blogs that you can subscribe to, we have our Curriculum Blog (which you’re reading at the moment!) Our blog is updated weekly and offers a mix of topical pieces relating to how best to use LGfL content within your school setting. We also have Safe Blog which offers regular information, commentary and updates to safeguarding and our Inclusion Blog which looks at how you can use our content to support all learners. Also look out for our newest Blog let’s get Digital, which will be focusing on how cloud-based platforms can help transform teaching and learning.

Check out our training hub: We have added a huge range of training to our Training Hub offering a unique range of courses, browse and book or why not share the link with colleagues. Training is FREE for all LGfL teachers you can find out more about the courses on offer and how to sign up here. Examples of future courses include: Creative computing, Supporting Teaching AssistantsGoogle and Microsoft training, and Online-Safety training featuring CEOP THINKUKNOW introduction.

Sign up to our newsletters: Every month we send out a newsletter via email to everyone who has signed up, this is a great way to hear about updates to our online learning resources, updates to education legislation, or news on how we can help keep your students safe and learn more with LGfL. We have 3 different newsletters LGfLDSLs and online safety leads and SEND.

Use your USO: Make sure you and students have access to all of LGfL content at school and home by having your USO and password. Below is a short video to help you in acquiring staff and student USOs (just click on the image below)

Make sure you aren’t paying for a service we already provide for you: our Broadband and e-mailservices  are state-of-the-art, made for schools, and approved by self-guiding experts. But there are many other services provided to LGfL subscribers at no additional costs, from discounts on GDPR implementation services, access to the latest Malware software to Microsoft training/G suite implementation and much more!

Like and follow us on Social Media: for all of the latest news, event and updates to our resources and support

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Check out our new inclusion area: Across LGfL, there are many resources which support inclusion. Our Inclusion resources centre has an all new way to search for resources so you can support your learners faster than ever before and now has extra information about particular SEND subjects.

Update your online safety and AUPs: The Digisafe team have been busy over the summer updating our Online-Safety policy and AUP (Acceptable Use Policy) and have a range of differentiated templates so that all learners can stay safe on line and while you are in the Digisafe area have a look at the fantastic new online safety posters.

 

Book a free training session: it’s never too late to book a free school session with one of our Learning resource consultants, our expert LRC’s will create a bespoke training session for your staff so that your school can get the most out of the LGfL’s curriculum content. Our consultants offer flexible sessions that can be an after-school session lasting an hour or a whole day inset just email training@lgfl.net to book your free session.

How are you going to use LGfL services and resources to help energise your students learning? Do let us know by sharing your hints and tips via our Facebook and Twitter or in the comments below.

However you start the new academic year the LGfL curriculum team wish you the very best of luck and hope that we can support you and your students throughout the upcoming year.

 

It’s that time of the year ! Using Christmas media with LGfL content

It’s that time of the year when like or not we are all exposed to Christmas media campaigns, be it advertising for a movie or supermarket. Over the last week I’ve been exposed to two campaigns which on the face of it have little or no link, but when looked at more closely, all share an important message. So, how is an advert for a movie, supermarket and LGfL content linked? Read on.

Just before I hopped on a train at Paddington station this week I couldn’t help but notice the many Paddington Bear promotional material around the station. What drew my eye the most was the latest issue of The Big Issue with a striking cover with Paddington Bear being showcased as a ‘Migrant British Icon”

Inside the Magazine Kiri Tunks vice president of the National Union of Teachers and who teaches a Global Perspectives class at her school in Tower Hamlets, tells why she had used Paddington Bear in her teaching of British Values.

Is Paddington a migrant? A refugee? What is the difference between the two? Does it matter?

These questions were being debated in the classroom, with Paddington acting as a symbol of immigration in order to introduce children to issues surrounding refugees and immigration.

“It’s one of the popular lessons, kids really like it,” she says. “I was looking for a way of getting into the refugee question, and tackling the issue from a slightly abstract angle rather than using real-life stories, it is quite useful in representing the other view that sometimes refugees are seen as.”

“It makes the point that when you talk about people in an abstract sense, it’s easy to see them as a threat and different but once you know their story you start to relate to them.” You can download the lesson plan here, and for more Refugee resources created by the NUT go here.

At LGfL we have created a range of resources that can help support the idea of knowing the person behind the label,  Developing British Values offers unique, high quality, safe and relevant teaching resources that foster deeper understanding of keys issues that are raised with the concepts of immigration, tolerance and inclusivity. Celebrating Us looks at issues relating to cultural diversity and identity, rights, roles and responsibilities, online safety and good citizenship. Real Voices is a series of three short interviews with Syrian refugees living in Jordan; they talk about their experience having to leave home, their journey to safety and life in a refugee camp.

And if your youngest students want to go on more bear related adventures PB Bear offers stories that offer starting points for cross curricular work allowing children to make connections in their learning and to put them in to a relevant context.

And finally, Tesco’s Christmas campaign “Everyone’s Welcome”

In the clip, different families are seen celebrating the festival as they dig into a turkey. Commenting on the campaign, Alessandra Bellini, Tesco’s Chief Customer Officer, said: ‘This year, our campaign will celebrate the many ways we come together at Christmas It’s important to remember that no matter how different we are, we have more in common then we think”

To explore this idea in more depth why not use Espresso Faiths to look at different communities and ask your students to explore the common links that they can see in religious celebrations? If you wanted to look at this in the wider context you could use Growing up around the World, which aims to help Children in the UK understand the realities of children in different contexts, the resources show that many struggles and challenges are the same from South Africa to India.

If we can take one message from the many campaigns and resources is the theme of Diversity and Tolerance, and the idea of coming together as a whole, because we truly do have more in common then we think. Or as Dr Seuss wrote“Maybe Christmas, the Grinch thought, doesn’t come from a store”

Are you using Christmas media with LGfL content in your school to inspire your students? If so let us know by posting them on LGfL’s twitter or Facebook

 

 

 

 

Listening Books Update

The long standing partnership between London Grid for Learning and Listening Books ensures that LGfL teachers are able to have access to over 100 curriculum based audiobook by simply logging on with their LGfL username and password.

If you are not aware of Listening Books, it is a charity providing a service for people with print impairments. Reading is essential for any child’s success. All too often, the barriers faced by children with difficulty reading outweigh their desire to read and, without proper guidance, they never may never overcome them. Listening Books offers audiobooks which can be used with children and young people who struggle to read books in the usual way due to an illness, disability, learning or mental health difficulty.

Listening Books are proud to announce 2 new releases to the LGfL Listening Book catalogue of audio books. “Why is Snot Green? And Other Extremely Important Questions” and “Inventors and their Bright Ideas”

Children with special educational needs such as dyslexia often find ‘decoding’ words can be a barrier that gets in the way of their understanding and enjoyment of a text. They can end up feeling left behind, dejected and lacking in confidence. Audiobooks remove these barriers by replacing the written word with a spoken voice, enabling pupils to visualise a story and glean meaning from the words. Reading along with the audio can help with word recognition and reading speed while being able to keep up with peers can have a visible impact on self-esteem.

Listening Books support the National Curriculum from Key Stage 2 to A-Level and have a huge range of fiction and non-fiction titles for both adults and children. Listening to audiobooks allows children and young people to listen to the same books their friends and peers are reading, improve comprehension and word recognition as well as helping to instil a greater understanding and enjoyment of literature. For older members, audiobooks, as well as being an enjoyable activity, can for some provide welcome relief from pain, boredom and loneliness, lifting them out of what are often challenging circumstances.

There is a great range of fiction and non-fiction available to support pupils from Key Stage 2 up to A-Level, including:

  • British History Makers: King Henry VIII by Leon Ashworth
  • GCSE English: Of Mice and Men: The Text Guide by Coordination Group Publications
  • Secrets of the Rainforest: Predators and Prey by Michael Chinery
  • Matilda by Roald Dahl
  • An Inconvenient Truth: The Crisis of Global Warming (Young Adult Version) by Al Gore
  • Dates with History: 6th August 1945 The Bombing of Hiroshima by John Malam
  • My Friend Walter by Michael Morpurgo
  • The Elements in Poetry: Poems about Fire edited by Andrew Fusek Peters
  • The Colour Purple by Alice Walker
  • Face by Benjamin Zephaniah

All you need is to enter your LGfL username and password and this will bring you straight through to the Listening Books library. All of the titles here are available to stream 24 hours a day.
Any questions please get in touch.

Case studies

We have a range of case studies on LGfL, the main purpose of these is to highlight how resources have been used in particular settings.  Giving you an insight into how you can replicate this within your own one and giving you further ideas of how to use the resource.

Our latest case study looks at our World War 1 Trench Virtual Reality experience.

Each study starts with the challenge – what schools were looking for help with:

“in this case it was for pupils to appreciate the wider implications for technology, society and international relations for soldiers in World War 1. To use VR technology to accelerate their understanding of the topic several times over, allowing teachers to get pupils discussing these higher level issues more quickly with a corresponding positive impact on their exam answers.”

 

The case study then details what the school did with the resource, in this case they used the VR element of the resource to immerse the students within the trench experience. The study moves on to explain how they used the resource:

“even though we have limited resources to use in lesson time, with careful management of the classactivities we found that students could get their turn to experience the VR resource.

Next the impact on learning was looked at:

“The achievement of the students has been significantly boosted as result of using this resource.Their engagement levels were remarkable. Many of them were familiar with VR technology, but in leisure context.”

 

To conclude the case study then looks at examples of achievement:

“it makes it much simpler to ensure no one is left behind in their understanding of basic concepts.”

 

You can view the video from the case study below and read the full case study here

We have a range of case studies on the website including: Cold War, CyberPass and BalletBoyz. Do you have a case study to share? We would love to hear from you, you can download the  Case study template.
Any questions please get in touch.

5 ways to….


At London Grid for Learning we are always looking at new ways to promote our learning content, this is why we are Introducing our new 5 ways to series.  

The aim of 5 ways is to showcase five ways to use LGfL resources across the curriculum. These highlight five resources from LGfL that you can take and use and share for example, they can be shared in the staff room, at INSET sessions and also given to parents so that they can support student learning at home.

We are launching our 5 ways series with 5 Ways to support Maths and 5 ways to Support Parents, both can be downloaded by clicking on the link.

Both resources show you 5 resources that you can use straight away in your classroom and to promote learning at home, we would love to know what you think about them and how you have used them in your setting.

We will also be running 5 ways as short training sessions, so if you are a subject leader or are running a leaders forum, why not get in contact with our us to talk about having 5 ways as part of your CPD programme.

Over the next couple of months we will be adding to the series, but would love to hear your thoughts! What 5 ways would help you get the most out of LGfL  resources?

Please let us know via our Twitter or Facebook pages or in the comments section of this blog using the hashtag #5ways