As Lucy mentions, teaching Classical Studies to Y8 is very different to teaching French and Italian at KS 3, 4 and 5.
Having the opportunity to teach something new has been different, interesting, fascinating and has certainly necessitated a “refocussing” of my approach to teaching and learning. The age of teaching content to students and expecting them to reproduce it for the sole purpose of passing an exam is a so outdated and yet is still the staple of many classroom up and down the land. FOSIL however, couldn’t be more different. Getting students to internalise knowledge and to become the true masters of their learning through discussion, construction, expression and reflection is a real breath of fresh air. It is like teaching in a classroom that is light years ahead of what we have been used to. The levels of engagement that we have seen and the sheer excitement and enthusiasm that we have witnessed from a class that was not billed as being any of these things, has been truly reinvigorating and I should like to thank Lucy for helping us to develop some excellent resources and look forward to continuing this collaboration.