Unlocking a Lifelong Love of Learning

ALLOWING natural curiosity to flow in the classroom can be a real challenge for teachers following a prescribed curriculum. However, if you can tap into natural learning pathways that have evolved over more than three million years then levels of engagement in the classroom can be transformed....
Teachers at Sutton Bonnington School during a What on Earth? INSET workshop

Teachers at Sutton Bonnington School during a What on Earth? INSET workshop

As part of the What on Earth? offering we regularly provide INSET workshops for schools interested in developing a more interconnected, curiosity-driven strategy for their schools – curiosity being the antidote for boredom.

The workshop begins with an overview of the latest research in neuroscience – the premise being that as educators we need to understand how the brain has evolved to learn if we are to maximise our chances of achieving pupil engagement in the classroom. The seminar then looks at what the evolution of the brain can tell us about the most naturally functional relationship between the left and right hemispheres and suggests strategies for allowing curiosity to flow between subjects using timelines and everyday objects.

Finally, staff are taken on a whistlestop journey through 13.7 billion years covering every subject in the curriculum using a series of everyday objects. The talk demonstrates how the ‘ordinary’ world around us can be used to tell the most ‘extraordinary’ story of planet, life and people in a way that will engage even the most reluctant learner using no more than the power of natural curiosity.

INSET workshops can be designed around a school’s individual timescales and requirements. Details on request. Duration: from half day to full day (depending on audience / requirements). Suitable for teachers, librarians and learning support assistants of all subjects from Reception level to Key Stage 4 and beyond.

“It was such a wonderful day for everyone, thank you so much for coming to Hazlegrove”,

Naomi Warren, 7th March 2016