Primary Music Specialist Cluster- Ivybridge

| October 1, 2007 | 6 Comments 

I am spending a couple of days down here in Ivybridge, Devon with the Ivybridge Primary Music Specialist Cluster. This group of schools is one of the first to take part in a pilot project introducing the concept of “Specialist schools” into the primary sector.

The schools include Ugborough Primary school, Stowford Primary school, Holbeton Primary, Woodlands Park, Ermington Primary, and The Manor Primary, Ivybridge. I am looking forward to tomorrow, this time hosted by Ivybridge Community College, where I will be working with some year 5 and 6 children throughout the day.

The project is to be closely supported by Dave Broadfield and staff from The Specialist Schools and Academies Trust (SSAT)

Their Specialsm is Music through the Arts and the aim is to see whether specialsing in this area has an impact on standards across the curriculum, in particular Maths and English. This is an area I Love exploring with classes, or on training days.

Ministers from the DCFS hope that the scheme, which is being piloted in 34 schools across the country, will replicate the success of specialist secondary schools, where GCSE scores have risen by at least one grade across the board. Specialist schools get extra funding to spend on staff, training and equipment in their specialist area and must develop a strategy for raising standards in that particular field.

Experience has shown that this usually has the knock-on effect of raising standards in other curriculum areas, as teachers in other subjects copy the successful strategies used by colleagues teaching specialist subjects.

A spokeswoman said that the Government wants to see if the same effect can be reproduced at primary level.

I was honoured to be invited down to Ivybridge and enjoyed a day spent exploring the potential of some of our visual literacy ideas.

Thankyou to Sue Whiteman, Helen Tipping and their colleagues across the cluster for a really fun day.

I look forward to keeping in touch and hearing how the project develops.

I was honoured to be invited down to Ivybridge and enjoyed a day spent exploring the potential of some of our visual literacy ideas.

Thankyou to Sue Whiteman, Helen Tipping and their colleagues across the cluster for a really fun day.

I look forward to keeping in touch and hearing how the project develops.

Found this film that sums up our journey through life
Click above and it will take you to another page on this blog. It messed up me layout before so this is the only way to do it.

Category: 1) Events and Training days

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  1. Rob Wills says:

    Hi Tim,
    Thanks for a superb (incredibly headspinning) day which has really opened up my horizons on the use of Music (and many other subjects) through ICT. I have learnt an incredible amount today and, like most of the other teachers at the course, will need time to exxperiment with ideas picked up!! Will you have any handouts after day2 or is all of what you have taught on this site?

    Feeling very inspired at this moment but forgotten the names of all of the members of your band!

    Thanks for the comment Rob … most of what we did today is on the site. I am not a big fan of handouts as I would like Ellie to be able to sit under tress or climb them. Grab me tomorrow for anything you would like cleared up. Cheers, Tim

  2. Neal Phillips says:

    Hi Tim,
    Thank you for a fantastic day. I love the idea of using the game to develop writing ideas, but was most amazed by the simplicity of the music making and how this can be added to films, etc. It’s great to have a training day where you can see a classroom application for all the ideas you are shown. Looking forward to tomorrow for ideas and inspiration when the kids are there.

    Neal

  3. Hi Tim,
    Many thanks for such a full day and inspirational day. There are so many avenues that we can go away and explore. I think our challenge as a staff is to focus on one bit and experiment to see where it takes us. I am excited to see what the children have to say after tomorrow! I feel as though I’ve enjoyed a very rich meal…time to digest now!
    Heather

  4. Julia Pope says:

    Hi Tim,
    A really inspiring look at the power of imagery, music and ICT – and all in one day! Had great fun trying and failing to get out of the lift and am intrigued to see what the children make of it tomorrow. Looking forward to it.
    Julia

  5. Ian Hemelik says:

    A great day- I learnt a great deal-not just about Myst and its uses but also other practical things about powerpoint. Event the participation part was good!!

  6. Heather Slater says:

    hi Tim, thanks for a very inspiring 2 days – am sat at my computer looking over the moors planning the start of using Myst to inspire and excite as I have been.

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