UK Virtual School Podcast - UKVS

S01E11 Do Online Classes Work for Primary? - Engaging Young Children in Learning

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UK Virtual School isn’t just any online school – We dare to be different! We offer a flexible online British Education adapted for the modern world, catering for Year 1 to iGCSEs for Home Educating families, Expats, and World Schoolers.

#11 Do Online Classes Work for Primary?

Engaging Young Children in Learning

On this episode, you'll meet the brilliant and inspiring Kate, who's a teacher with UK Virtual School.  You'll hear about the unique way she teaches English, and learn more about the methods she uses.  Kate's covers many points, including:

  • The importance of the child WANTING to learn about the subject that's being taught is paramount.  In order to know what will appeal to the child, the teacher has to get to know the children.  With UKVS, Kate can do that because of the small class sizes.
  • MANY, things can be used as hooks for lessons. For example; A news article informing Kate that today is the anniversary of Cleopatra's death:  From this she can develop a whole day of learning about culture, music, geography, literature and set work for the children to create poems and prose around these subjects.
  • Kate uses grown up language with children (she threw a "discombobulated" in there the other day!).  If the word is out of the child's vocabulary, she will explain what it means.  From this , the child will implement beautiful and complex language themself.

More about Syd (Our Founder)

Syd is the founder and visionary behind UK Virtual School, which was set up in the peak of the pandemic, when the need for an alternative online education system became far more clearer. Syd has worked extensively with home educating families over the last 11 years and has spent her life in the education sector as a qualified teacher in state, grammar and private schools before settling to work full time on her educational projects, namely Femtinos.

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