Did you know your school has a family skills, knowledge and experience database?
Those who place their name on this database may be asked to assist during lesson time to act as ‘living books’. This allows your school to demonstrate real and authentic work connecting the children to the outside world. For children these first hand encounters can inspire them far more than reading about it, watching it ‘virtually’ or just hypothesising about something.
The range of skills, knowledge and experience each of us possess is vast and varied, and by each contributing a little the breadth of exposure provided within your school can be enormous. Examples of community members who have previously given their time include:
- Colleen Castledine, who has for many years now provided extremely successful sewing classes every week.
- Dr Susan Du Plessis, a GP who provided the older children with extremely interesting and informative hands on lessons about the human skeleton.
- Uncle Dave, who came in as a true ‘living book’ when he had the children entranced with his real life experiences about life in London during the 1930s.
- Genevieve Ternent the Princess Margaret Hospital’s familiarisation presenter for the Association for the Welfare of Children in Hospital who gave the children insightful hospital experiences including why people need medical attention and how it can be given.
- Andrew Lanigan whose mountain biking enthusiasm led him to building a 700m mountain bike course and providing a term long Fit for Life mountain bike course.