Somersham Primary, Cambridgeshire

| May 20, 2008 | 4 Comments 

Another gloriously sunny and fun filled day, this time at Somersham Primary in Cambridgeshire.

We were joined by staff from other schools during the day. Here, Kathy Kaluza, from Erith, is kind enough to record some of her thoughts and observations on a lesson:

The children were completely drawn into the world created for them by Tim & the image on the computer screen. From the moment he began to speak ,to the end of the 2 hour session, they became totally immersed in a new world. If I didn’t know otherwise it would have seemed as if a spell had been cast. Tim blew on his walking stick & some of the children were agreed on the colour of smoke that it emitted!!! I began to think I was not looking carefully enough!

With ICT co-ordinator David Hawkins, we talked about the power of doors within the Myst games. They act as a stimulus for discussion, (What lies beyond this mysterious, creaking barrier?)… a great spot to start or finish a lesson with suspense, and so much more.

Try this great site for some superb colour grouped images of the “Unspectacular doors of St Louis“.

Doorways around the world contains a HUGE variety of excellent images.

As we are in Cambridgeshire this week, have a look at this image.

Thank you to all of the staff and children of Somersham, and visiting schools, for a glorious day.

Eye reel E enjoyed my spell of thyme with yew awl!

I AM LOOKING FORWARD TO UPDATING THIS POST WITH A LINK TO SOME OF THE REMARKABLE WORK WHICH FOLLOWED ON FROM MY PREVIOUS VISIT LAST YEAR. THIS INCLUDES A SUPERB VIRTUAL TOUR OF THE SCHOOL WHICH IS NEARLY COMPLETE FOR VIEWING AND EXPLORING.

“WATCH THIS SPACE”

Category: 1) Events and Training days

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  1. Jo O'Reilly says:

    Thank you Tim for taking our children to another world this afternoon. Every child was completely engaged, and they produced work I did not know they were capable of. I really enjoyed seeing how drama and speaking and listening can be used alongside the images. Food for thought….but then again i’m already hooked!

  2. Hi Tim,

    Thanks again for coming in to our school and giving another inspiring performance! My, I bet you get that a lot, so I thought I’d get it out of the way first…

    The children had a great time, and were thoroughly excitied by your presentation, and came up with some wonderful writing. It was a great boost to our efforts to embed exciting visual literacy into our curriculum.

    I’ll get some of the children’s writing up here as soon as I can!

  3. Fiona Holland says:

    Hi Tim,
    Thanks for inspiring my Year 1 class yesterday. The children have finally calmed down but now want to explore the Myst World all of the time. They obviously loved the session and many parents have told me how enthralled the children were too.

  4. Hello Tim

    Further to our conversation, here is a link to the main feature on our school’s website and this month’s newsletter that relates to your visit to Somersham this week:

    http://www.somersham.cambs.sch.uk/

    I think that you will agree that the imagination encapsulated within the children’s writing, whether in Years 1, 4 or 6, is superb!

    Thanks again for your input.

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