Odd cog signs at Whitesheet*

| March 16, 2007 | 0 Comments 

I thoroughly enjoyed my trip to Whitesheet school in Wiltshire today.

Whitesheet is a delightful, small village school and, at the training day today, we were joined by staff from nearby schools.

During our “planning” session this afternoon, I was fascinated to see one group working using the early learning goals which they, quite rightly, suggested could be used across the key stages.
Personal,social and emotional development
Communication, Language and literacy
Mathematical development
Knowledge and understanding of the world
Physical development
Creative development

It was International “Take your Neighbour To Work Day” today. This fact was slightly swamped by Red Nose Day but I celebrated in style by inviting my dear friend and next door neighbour, Richard, to join me at today’s event.

Despite telling us all that the last time he had been in a school was in 1957, Richard threw himself into the day, even putting his love of classical music into play by conducting a piece of improvised soundtrack!

 

 

 

Whitesheet

School

even

has

some

huge

storage

containers

converted

into

powerful,

resonating

drums.

A glorious

sound!

 

 

Canadian exchange teacher, Karen, went for a jazz style to her piece. Great fun.

Thank you to Ben and the staff of Whitesheet for a superb day.

*Yes. There is an anagram in there. Get your glasses on and look closely at the pics above.

Tim,

What can I say? It was fantastic. Everyone who was there today was most certainly inspired and I know will go away with a wealth of ideas and inspiration. Even the most the most sceptical of adults could see the potential of the games and what they may be able to do with children. I have never known one idea be able to be used in so many areas across the curriculum from year 6 to foundation. From those ‘sodding cogs’ (frustration and PSE) via every imaginable genre of literacy to art ideas that made me itch to be back in the classroom teaching everyday. I know that from today the lives and thoughts and experiences of the children in our school will change and the only limitation is ours and their imagination. The music at the end of the day was fab too. It is not often that we have the chance to just let go and create (well that may be stretching it a bit!) Thanks again and I can’t wait for the next installment.

Speak soon.

Ben

Category: 1) Events and Training days

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