It’s that time of year again! A team of would-be journalists have invaded Action Stations at the Historic Dockyard in Portsmouth in order to spend the day learning how to make the news.
BBC School Report is run each year and over 1000 schools take part with thousands of children aged 12-15 taking part.
The students representing @priorygeography this year are mostly from Year 8 with a few experienced Year 9 students who took part last year who are acting as mentors and guiding the day.
Topics of the day include the decommissioning of HMS Illustrious and its future, how to be sustainable, the tourist attractions of the dockyard, interviewing the public about the future of the dockyard itself and any other news that breaks.
Stories will be posted on here as they are written, but tune back in at 2pm to see the final filmed report!
Today Priory school took part in a project called Kidsmeet. Ten pupils were chosen from each of five different schools to take part in the first south coast Kidsmeet, it was located on HMS Warrior.
Kidsmeet gives the opportunity for us pupils to express our views on the curriculum. It is a chance to share our ideas, and for kids to teach the teachers. We started off by brainstorming our ideas on paper and came up with a final idea of how we would like to change the curriculum.
We decided we would like to use technology to create a new curriculum with relevant time topics whilst using pupils that are knowledgeable in the topics (“student experts”) to link them. We feel that if we were learning about volcanoes in geography, other subjects should teach about it as well therefore linking them all together. Technology is also a big part to the curriculum and should be used in subjects across the school. This would meet Article 17 of the Unicef Rights of the Child which states we have the right to access information from the mass media.
At Kidsmeet, we questioned other schools about their use of technology in their school. 100% of pupils we interviewed only had the use of technology in IT classes, and the phone policy banned the use of mobiles. At Priory we are more unique and we encourage the use of technology by having a phone policy that allows use of our own devices. We feel it is a good use of access to research and contact with others. We also feel other schools should have this opportunity and we shared our views at Kidsmeet.
This is a summary of the kidsmeet project today.
At Kidsmeet students got to be the teacher, and help create new learning activities. We discussed the changes with the new curriculum for Geography. Michael Gove , the head of education has not heard the point of view of the pupils, the people who are actually learning. And this seems strange to us. From his own point of view and his colleagues they think that children should learn the old fashion way of remembering facts off by heart but pupils beg to differ and would love to have a new curriculum, a unique brand new curriculum. We believe we need a more innovative and interactive style, as that will bring the kinds of skills we will need in our future.
According to Article 13 of the UNICEF rights of the child, children are aloud to say their point of view so at kidsmeet a group of children got to have their say of what they would like to learn. For myself, in conclusion in geography, pupils can get to learn about more countries and their cultures, expand their global awareness of Africa, south and east Asia and Russia, and much more. And we think our experiences can be improved through using the help and aid of technology.
VIDEO REPORT HERE