Primary Subject Masterclasses

Designed to establish a deeper level of curriculum thinking and pedagogy Masterclasses are a linked programme of 5 afternoon training sessions spread through the year.

Geography and History

Tutors – David Weatherly and Sheena Wright

David Weatherly is a School Improvement Adviser and a teacher at all stages of learning.  He is author of the award winning Primary Connected History and Primary Connected Geography schemes published by Harper Collins.

Sheena Wright is an EYFS Education Consultant and local authority Early Years Lead Adviser with over twenty years of successful teaching experience across the full primary age range.

The Masterclasses are a connected series of 5 that build the key subject knowledge framework across and within any Geography or History learning sequence from EY to Y6.

Based on key concepts tutors will develop how to plan using enquiry questions. Gap tasks will develop and share good practice within classrooms.

Confident subject knowledge of Geography/History with a depth of understanding that enables connections in learning to be made.

Practical pedagogical approaches to apply in the classroom and continuous provision to develop Geography/ History and understanding of the world.

Focus ‘BIG IDEAS’ Concepts in Geography

  1. Environment
  2. Place and location
  3. Processes
  4. Diversity
  5. Sustainability

Focus ‘BIG IDEAS’ Concepts in History

  1. Continuity and change
  2. Sources
  3. Significance
  4. Similarity and difference
  5. Causation and consequence

English Writing Masterclasses

Tutor: Debra Myhill is Professor of Education, and Director of the Centre for Research in Writing at the University of Exeter.  She has led numerous research projects in the teaching of reading and writing, and collaborated with both primary and secondary schools in both research and professional development to implement best practice.

This series of 5 afternoon masterclasses is designed to:

  • Equip Primary English teachers and subject leaders with an evidence-based approach to the teaching and embedding of writing within the curriculum.
  • Understand practical approaches to secure high-quality writing and progression through children making choices as authors in different contexts, genres and with different language features.

Participants will:

  • Understand different theoretical perspectives on writing.
  • Know how to plan for and embed grammar meaningfully in the teaching of writing.
  • Know how to create opportunities for metacognitive and metalinguistic thinking in the writing lesson and sequences of learning.
  • Know how to teach writing in different curriculum subjects.
  • Understand that creativity and attention to language are complementary.


  1. Understanding How we Write: Different Perspectives on Writing
  2. Grammar as Choice: bringing language and meaning together
  3. Going ‘Meta’: metacognition and metalinguistic understanding of writing
  4. Writing across the Curriculum
  5. Creative and Critical: Workshop Approaches to Writing

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