Epic Learning: Armistice Day, "Why we learn [subject]", the Good Samaritan, and more!

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Nov 06 2020 71 mins  

Join Epic storytellers and creative teachers as they discuss how to draw out learning outcomes from this week's Epic Tale with fun and engaging activities.

This week's Epic is a true tale of bravery from World War One, shared with us by actor and teacher trainer Jane Bower. Her grandfather's story bears remarkable similarities to the Parable of the Good Samaritan – and our panel see it as the perfect opportunity to extol the virtues of a holistic curriculum.

To discuss her story, Jane is joined by Epic storyteller Chip; Bex, a Deputy Head from Cambridgeshire; and Laura, headteacher of an International School in Lanzarote.

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"Herbert's Foot" excerpt | 2:39

Learning Outcomes
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  • All-age PSHCE: hope (7:24) | who is my neighbour/enemy? (9:23) | the nature of war; pacifism (12:38) | coping with grief and loss; the Parable of The Good Samaritan; classic fairy tales; leaving the “scary moments” in; Disney’s “Finding Nemo” (17:38)
  • All-Age Literacy: diary writing (10:51)
  • All-age History and PSHCE: World War One; World War Two; roles in the army (14:27) | life at home during the wars (16:10) | making good choices; conscription (41:14)
  • 4–7yrs Literacy, History, Drama, and PSHCE: historical re-enactment; roleplay; World War One; trenches; No Man’s Land; conscription; peer pressure; inferring from a text; making predictions; twists in the tale; making links between texts; suspense (27:08)
  • 4–7yrs History: Florence Nightingale (30:58) | what is the past? (40:22)
  • 4–7yrs Geography: comparing different countries; European countries (37:54)
  • All-age PSHCE: equality; diversity; compassion; Kingdom 1000 (39:06)
  • 7–11yrs History, PE, and PSHCE: Christmas 1914; football; friendship (43:20)
  • 7–11yrs Literacy and History: communication technologies; the importance of writing (50:06) | soundscapes; onomatopoeia (53:39)
  • 7–11yrs History, Core, and PSHCE: a soldier’s life; transferable skills (51:04) | First Aid; empathy; verbal and non-verbal communication (53:39) 
  • All-age History, Music, and PSHCE: staying positive in difficult times; attitude of gratitude; wartime songs (56:48)
  • All-age Literacy, Numeracy, Geography, History, Core, PE, and PSHCE: famous people in history; prisoners of war; perseverance and determination; the importance of holistic/cross-curricular learning; division; rationing; plotting routes; survival techniques; the value of education; responsibility (59:17) | rewriting song lyrics (1:04:07)

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