oh no, I’m definitely not further ahead with this at the moment! I have just joined a cross-College ‘Teaching and Learning Committee’ and we’re looking at ways to encourage independent learning across the school and I just immediately thought of FOSIL as I introduced Darryl talking about it at a YLG/SLA Conference a few years ago. I said that I would investigate FOSIL as a possible model for us to use from Nursery to Sixth Form and feed back to them so I’m putting together a little presentation. I’m going to use your fabulous Year 1 topic example because I found it much easier to understand and communicate in context. It’s also a good example to show that we can just ask teachers to look at existing topics then just make sure that they are hitting the priority skills in the way that it’s delivered and explored.
Another thing I’m involved in is ‘decolonising the curriculum’ which requires looking at what we teach, how we teach and encouraging different points of view and focus and I feel that an inquiry-based model fits this objective very well as it’s more focussed on developing the pupil as a learner who questions the world around them and is aware of themselves and others. Supporting our neuro-diverse learners is also something else that I am keen to incorporate into any new approach to learning. Some of the ‘Executive Skills’ that our neuro-diverse pupils in particular can find challenging would be directly taught and reflected upon from an early age using the FOSIL model (e.g. planning, time management, organisation of ideas, metacognition) whilst also empowering them as independent learners.
I showed your Year 1 example to our Pre-Prep Librarian and she absolutely loved the way that you have presented the books visually by the way. Would you mind me asking how you did it? The drop shadow effect is lovely!