This Teachers TV programme focuses on the use of group work in the classroom. The film documents the experiences of four teachers from Queens Park Community School in North London as they adopt a range of group work strategies and evaluate the impact on teaching and learning. The examples of group work seen include:
Head of Textiles, Sarah Philips, working with small groups of students to design for disability and evaluate needs and existing products.
The use of ‘snowballing’ in a Year Seven food technology lesson, with students arranged into increasingly expanding groups to evaluate fruit drinks.
Head of Department Aubrey Muchamore, with groups evaluating paper dispensers made by a previous class. Colour-coded question sheets are used to structure the group discussions.
Year Nine students working in groups to build a load-bearing bridge from plastic straws and masking tape.