Urban Swale Partnership, Kent: West Minster Primary School

| January 8, 2009 | 0 Comments 

Day three of our trip to Kent, and a delightful visit to West Minster Primary School. Thank you to Alan Bayford, Executive Head, and Tracey Cadwallader, Head of School, and the rest of the staff, including the school’s very own Mr Walker (Site Manager) for buzzing around so helpfully and for becoming apart of the fun filled day.

The children today wrote some excellent, stunning pieces of descriptive narrative. Very kindly, Carolyn Lewis, Primary ICT Consultant, Swale and Thanet, also cracked on with it and crafted the following description:

“The children in West Minster School put Sheppey writing into dazzling perspective as they created, discussed, wrote and read out loud the brilliant ideas they had penned whilst considering the world of Myst. As a grown-up, I was thrilled by the invisible sparks crackling mutely as they worked.

Year 3 Lesson – This was the little people on big chairs. We wandered wearily across the parched desert, glancing furtively at the angry red dinosaur rocks and the molten peaks behind. Was it an alien place, or merely a dream? Year 3 thought, discussed and scribed their feelings as they ‘stood’ on a rocky outcrop watching the scenes unfold.”

“Year 2 Lesson – Even smaller people moved to the mats for a closer look at the helix plant. Did it go up, or did it go down? Was it living, or made of wood? Would we ever get to find out about the bird?  We put scary thoughts aside and dreamed ourselves into the scene, writing and drawing our ideas as we worked with our friends. Then we were allowed a closer look into the flower……but we would spoil the effect if we told you what came next!!”

“Year 5 Lesson – Sensational!! Year 5 at West Minster worked their socks off. The ideas richly flowed, and the pencils rapidly wore down to stumps as pupils took their imaginations to far off planets and visually exciting vistas. Was the water hot or icy cold? Did the volcano power the houses, or was the smoke we saw from something more threatening? What was the enormous green plant? The gardener and his translator told their remarkable story, describing their life in the valley. What had happened to the missing villagers? – it was too terrible to tell, so the gardener spared us from the gruesome details as he hung his head in sad reflection.”

Many thanks to Carolyn for her thoughts, and detailed account of today’s very enjoyable events. THANK YOU!


I often confess that I am not really “a maths man”.

“I took two maths O’levels and failed three!” (Boom Boom!)

As a literacy bloke, the only graphs I know are them there ParrotGraphs.

I do like logic problems though, and admit to getting a little hooked on Planarity.net, and their superb brain teaser about untangling a series of increasingly knotted lines.

If you, like me, get frustrated unravelling cables, then this might prove a step too far.

(Travelling and setting up a lot of equipment can be a little frustrating. I can’t wait until they invent the Sony KnotMan, or the Black and Decker Knotmate, that do all that “unknitting” automatically!)

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