Ranvilles Infant School – Portsmouth

| February 25, 2008 | 4 Comments 


A very enjoyable visit to Ranvilles Infant School in Portsmouth.

Ranvilles won BECTAs ICT Excellence Awards 2007 – Extending learning opportunities (in the primary category)

Congratulations to Fiona Aubrey-Smith (the then Lead Teacher for ICT and Year Leader), John Whitmore (then Deputy Headteacher), Stacey Barnes (Early Years Leader), Julie and Wendy Collins (Headteacher)

Ranvilles Infant School’s strategy is to work from what is important for the pupils in terms of their learning. The leadership team is strategically very aware and has built ICT into all levels of school planning.

Ranvilles was particularly noted for their “Excellent use of their virtual learning environment (VLE) extends learning beyond the classroom. Many of the children’s parents are in the Navy, so the VLE enables progress tracking and answering questions while they are away onboard ship. Parents are also encouraged to contribute ideas through online message boards. The VLE involves the whole community in school life at Ranvilles. Good examples are posing questions to the local MP, producing and sharing book reviews, and international links with schools in Africa, Dubai and Germany.

Reports are completed throughout the year and shared with the parents, culminating in end of year reports, which include photographs of achievement and attainment. The school has an ‘open door’ policy that is complemented by the online chat rooms for parents, pupils and staff. The governors also use an online forum to talk to parents and in particular, the children.”

The school and the staff are full of smiles and laughter.The school hall even has some great displays all about smiles.

“A laugh is a smile that bursts”

“A smile is a curve that sets everything straight”

“Wear a smile and have friends. Wear a scowl and have wrinkles”

“The world looks brighter from behind a smile”

Thank you to Wendy Collins, and her colleagues, for a smile inducing day.

Well done too, to Ali for conducting a really riotous rollercoaster ride:

Category: 1) Events and Training days

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  1. Ali Dibden says:

    Absolutely fantastic day…so inspiring! Tim has so many brilliant ideas that I can’t wait to put into practise within my own classroom and throughout the school. I think I speak on behalf of everyone at Ranvilles when I say it was a real pleasure to have Tim at our school for an INSET and share all his lovely ideas and expertise with us!

  2. Ali Dibden says:

    Absolutely fantastic day…so inspiring! Tim has so many brilliant ideas that I can’t wait to put into practise within my own classroom and throughout the school. I think I speak on behalf of everyone at Ranvilles when I say it was a real pleasure to have Tim at our school for an INSET and share all his lovely ideas and expertise with us!

  3. Stacey Barnes says:

    Hi Tim

    I would just like to say thank for the really inspiring training on monday!!

    I have tried out using some of the images from Myst with my reception class and the language and discussion it produced was amazing – the image led to a big discussion about dinosaur skeletons and archeologists and are dinosaurs really extict! which many of the children wanted to pursue – amazing stuff. Also some of the children were absolutely entranced and have already been questioning and asking for more!

    Thank you so much Stacey Barnes – reception teacher

  4. Kelly Woodmore says:

    Hi Tim

    Thank you so much for such an inspiring training day. I have spent this week exploring MYST with my year 2 class alongside drama. They have thoroughly enjoyed it and are so motivated to write. We have made adjective word banks and have brought the first 2 scene to life using drama strategies. Today they wrote the opening of their stories which focused on setting the scene and you would not believe the level of writing that these 6 and 7 year olds have produced it is amazing. I am so pleased. They cannot wait to write the next bit. Maybe when we have finished the stories we could send you a copy of some of them. Thanks once again for a wonderful day and introducing me to this fantastic way of motivating everyone to write and I must admit I am more inspired as a teacher now I am using this. Also I have got 18 boys in my class – finally a way to get them to write in great detail and not want to stop! Kelly

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