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OFSTED example – primary

The case study below is taken from an OFSTED report on the teaching of English and illustrates how the use of broadcast material can support and enhance children’s learning.

The OFSTED report “English at the crossroads: an evaluation of English in primary and secondary schools, 2005/08” includes several examples of good practice and excellence in teaching and learning involving the use of video and audio materials.

One case study was of a Year 6 class where boys outnumbered girls. The task was to create a children‟s television news report, and pupils had already watched and evaluated some programmes. The teacher talked about the ways in which journalists might try to record evidence and introduced the idea of an aide-memoire.

“This lesson worked well, partly because television had motivated the pupils, including the boys. They had enjoyed watching and analysing the news reports and could see how the literacy skills they were developing related to the world beyond school. They developed their understanding of a different genre and had practical help with recording ideas through visual prompts and a structured approach. The context was clear and the pupils enjoyed pretending to be journalists, finding out the “truth” about the incident described. Their later work showed that the lesson had been particularly successful in helping them to write some very good extended narratives. The boys, especially, enjoyed the humour in the teacher’s use of anecdote. All the pupils were fully engaged in the discussions and role play and looked forward to later work on making and recording their own news programme.”

(Reproduced from English at the crossroads: an evaluation of English in primary and secondary schools, 2005/08 under the Open Government Licence.)

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