Following on from the success of CampED14, Alex Bellars organised CampEDsouth for 24-27 October, 2014 in the New Forest. CampEd is like a weekend long teachmeet with lots of outdoor and practical learning and lots of space and time to talk with other teachers, and, importantly, meet and
play with their families too.
Having only just discovered how beautiful the new Forest was this summer on our way to the Isle of Wight, we definitely wanted to go back. We were a small but very lovely group this time but we had just as much fun and more cake than was probably healthy!
The usual wide ranging sessions were all inspiring :
Orienteering (great activity from Alex)
Lego (classic technique Lego from Penny)
Kano (raspberry Pi with an easy set up interface)
One in a million (science/genetics – finding how unique you are in a population)
Zondle (Jo Hughes showed us Zondle – online game system that lets chn play loads of games with same testing content – eg: spelling or maths)
In between I discovered how Jo is teaching through a fascinating enquiry based method across her KS2 class (29 chn from yrs3-6!). She is passionate about the approach and I could see how it would work to support the wide range of needs in such a small school. Entirely child led, with individual learning targets every 3 weeks I could see how individualised the learning would be.
A massive thanks to Alex for organising the weekend and for his school, Ballard School, for hosting us.