Milton Keynes-Caroline Haslett Primary School

| December 13, 2007 | 3 Comments 

A second day in Milton Keynes, this time at Caroline Haslett Primary School

I lead a few lessons watched by folk from the course yesterday and was very impressed by the children we worked with for not being phased by having so many people observing their every move. About 50 people attended the lessons, and another 50 came to an after school session too.
The children showed themselves to be an open, hard working, sensitive and thoughtful bunch with a great sense of humour. There were some very touching moments as the children produced some very emotional writing at times.
Well done indeed to all those there as we all thoroughly enjoyed ourselves and I, for one, learnt a lot from the process.

There is an interesting story behind why the school is called “Caroline Haslett” Primary School
The school serves the area of Shenley. Shenley Lodge, when building began in the mid-1980s, was known as ‘Energy World’ and the first houses built were examples of the latest developments in energy saving design. The street names on the grid square are related to this theme, many being the names of scientists who were prominent in the field of energy research and development (such as Faraday, Ohm, Joule etc.).
The Governors felt it appropriate to name the school after a British pioneer in the field of electricity and electrical engineering and eventually decided that Dame Caroline Haslett was a very suitable candidate. She was a pioneer female electrical engineer, starting work in that role in the 1920s. Later, she founded the Electrical Association for Women which, among other things, helped promote the use of electricity in the home as a labour-saving source of power to relieve the hard domestic drudgery of housework! She was tireless in her work, both in this country and in her activities abroad with the Board of Trade, promoting electrical engineering as a career for women.
Since her death in 1953, her work has been continued and her memory has
been kept alive through the Caroline Haslett Trust, a group which sponsors
‘The Young Woman Engineer of the Year Award’ held each January in
London. Read more about the inspiring Caroline Haslett HERE and HERE

The excellent UK Resource Centre for Women in Science, Engineering and Technology continues a lot of the good work encouraging and supporting women in many areas of the sciences.

With the school’s links with electricity I am reminded of the excellent Crocodile Clips, a great simulation of electrical circuits. After SO many downloads over the years, you do need to register, but the program is free.

How about joining The Blobz as they guide you through the world of circuitry in a fun website that can be used on an interactive whiteboard too. Sections include information, activities and a quiz.

The ngfl Cymru site is also superb for whiteboard centred lessons. It is aimed at Year 2 and includes full teachers’ notes.

More complex circuits can be made HERE

Thank you to the Milton Keynes posse for a superb couple of days. Some of my most enjoyable times since being “on the circuit” 🙂

Category: 1) Events and Training days, 2) Useful n Interesting

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  1. Becky McGuire says:

    Tim can i just say thank you so much for the twilight this evening. It was so inspirational. You made it sound so simple to inspire our children to achieve the best that they can. I truely did not want your knowledge and passion to end where it did. You are an inspiration.

    Thank you very much
    Becky McGuire
    Water Hall Primary school- Bletchley Milton Keynes

  2. jen kenny says:

    Hi Tim I attended your twilight course today and walked away feeling rejuvenated and excited. Your energetic and inspiring delivery held my attention for the full session. It is amazing to see what can be done to get children involved in writing . The scope of the vocabulary that they were able to use , from looking at this game and its settings was something I think will really work and I am looking forward to giving it a go.Although it is the end of term and we are all winding down, I got a little spark in my mind and it has given me food for thought over the christmas hols…. ( i might have to change my list for Santa)
    Thanks again Tim and would love to attend another of your sessions if you come to Milton Keynes again!

  3. Alan Dawson says:

    Hello Tim

    This is my third and possibly final attempt to get a comment to your Blog. If it doesn’t work I KNOW that it is my name that has been banned. I have taken your advice and changed my email address to see if Word Press will let me through.

    Watching you at work with the year 5 children was a treat. It was great to analyse what you were doing and to see the impact of your various teaching techniques. The children’s writing was as much to do with the relationship you developed with them as the use of Myst. Clearly your deeply held beliefs about teaching style have a huge impact. Myst was secondary to a close working relationship, developing a child’s belief in themselves as a writer and the praise you gave that swamped the room and made everyone, onlookers included, feel a part of something great.

    Thanks for the impact that you have made on all who took part in the two days.

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