#108 Teaching from Home: Jon Hutchinson – making videos for primary school students

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The Teaching from Home podcast series is kindly supported by Tes resources. Tes resources have created a home learning collection full of hand-picked free resources for teachers to use with children who are learning at home or to share with parents. You can also find this collection through the Tes coronavirus support hub at tes.com/coronavirus


Hello and welcome to another episode of the Mr Barton Maths podcast, with me Craig Barton.

This is another episode in my Teaching from Home podcast series – a series dedicated to supporting teachers who are working from home amidst the Covid-19 outbreak of 2020.

My aim is that you will hear from a wide variety of teachers, sharing a wide variety of experiences. There will be technology focussed episodes – just how does remote teaching work? But also episodes focussed on the practicalities of coping with setting students appropriate work whilst also having to look after your own children at home. Then there are issues of safeguarding, differentiation, mindset and more that I hope will come up as we progress. There will be maths teachers, teachers of other subjects, and primary school teachers. There will be teachers from the UK and overseas. Hopefully something for everyone. I have no idea how long this series will go on for – but so long as people keep listening and hopefully finding it useful, I shall continue!

This time I spoke to John Hutchinson. Now, one of my aims for this series was to speak to teachers of different age groups. Jon is Assistant Head at Reach Academy, Feltham, which is a through-school, with pupils from Year 2 to Year 13. As we have heard in this series, the challenge of setting work or remotely teaching older students is problematic enough, but how on earth does it work for younger students? Jon and his team have an answer in the form of daily videos they record that the students watch at a time of the day that suits them. They then do work on paper and their parents email a photo through at the end of the day. We discuss why Jon and his team chose to do this and how it is working. Best of all, there is a link in the show notes linking to all these videos which may be useful if you are a teacher or a parent.

As a warning, the sound quality is a little ropey at the start of the conversation, but soon sorts itself out. I hope you enjoy the conversation and find it useful. And please stay safe.

On Twitter, Jon is @jon_hutchinson_
You can read about how The Reach academy are dealing with remote learning here
The videos Jon and his team have produced can be found here


My usual plugs:


Thanks so much for listening, stay safe, and I really hope you enjoy the show
Craig Barton

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