Archive for March, 2009

St Botolph’s Primary School, Peterborough II

| March 31, 2009 | 0 Comments 

gadwin-shottie-0042The second of 3 days to be spent at  St Botolph’s Church of England Primary School

We are going to have to wait right the way through to September to finish our three days with the St Bot’s Lot.

By then, the chicks we met yesterday, will be chickens and laying their own eggs… perhaps.

For some pickies and Easter links…

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St Botolph’s Primary School, Peterborough

| March 30, 2009 | 3 Comments 

gadwin-shottie-029The first of 3 days to be spent at  St Botolph’s Church of England Primary School in Peterborough today, and we had the pleasure of arriving, and taking second place, to 9 newly hatched chicks! 

Jenny Daniels, headteacher, took charge of the youngsters over the weekend, while they were still eggs, chirping eggs, then proudly brought the new arrivals, all bright eyed and fluffy feathered, the chicks that is, to school this morning – enchanting!

The first lesson of Day One, with the 60 Year 2 pupils and their teachers, was equally enchanting, a true pleasure to spend time in their company. Appropriately, we went in search of  a bird nest, up the top of the, now famous, spiral plant.

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Birmingham’s Catholic Partnership

| March 27, 2009 | 5 Comments 

screenshot027Today we had the pleasure of spending the day at Birmingham’s Catholic Partnership Annual Partnership Day at Bishop Challoner Catholic College, in Birmingham. The purpose of the day’s event was to bring together the 9 schools, and all their staff, to share in proffessional and curriculum develop.

A big thank you to Clare Cooke for inviting us and coordinating such an impressive event spread out across at variety of sites through the city.

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Bracoden Primary School / Macduff Primary School

| March 25, 2009 | 4 Comments 

gadwin-shottie-052Today we spent the morning at Bracoden Primary School, and  then, for the afternoon and a twilight it was “Lead on (to)” Macduff Primary School, here near the northeast coast of glorious Aberdeenshire.

The views were so stunning, our first thoughts were “there’s no need for virtual landscapes with so much stimulus all around”. So beautiful in fact, we actually did have the pleasure of exploring, briefly, during lunchtime.

Ffilming in Banff…

| March 24, 2009 | 1 Comment 


Onwards! Onwards!

Now, a hire car from Stirling and a glorious drive through some incredible scenery, up to near Banff, and a stay at The Fife Lodge Hotel. (That’s Banff in North East Scotland by the way. Not the one in Canada. That would be one expensive, and damp, car hire!)

Fish definitely the dish of the day.

However, first we had to do some more work. This time, a bit of video diary, for Teachers’ TV.

For the above photo to be explained, please…

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Developing the Developers Conference, Stirling

| March 24, 2009 | 0 Comments 


A trip north of the border for the Developing the Developers Conference, in Stirling at The Stirling Management Centre. The conference was hosted by Learning and teaching Scotland. There were delegates from every authority in Scotland. They are all literacy leaders. The aims were to provide an update on thre Curriculum for Excellence Literacy and English framework and related developments; looking at literacy across the curriculum. Continue Reading

Middle School English Subject Leaders Bedford

| March 20, 2009 | 1 Comment 

screenshot0052Today we had the pleasure of the Middle School English Subject Leaders at Bedford Football Club.

The authority is due to split into two separate bodies, so today was the last time this group of people would come together, which is a shame as they were a delight, smiling, laughing, sharing and exploring.

They have been looking at visual literacy (pun intended!) but seemed to relish the opportunities to take the next steps…




Games Based Learning Conference, The Brewery, London

| March 20, 2009 | 0 Comments 

A flying visit to the excellent Games Based Learning Conference at The Brewery near the Barbican, London.

gadwin-shottie-0131It was a great honour to meet Nolan Bushnell, Atari founder, a hero to a lot of people interested in gaming. I confess to being very proud of a link with the man.

In an interview with the Ode Magazine, called Reading, writing and playing The Sims: What video games can teach educators about improving our schools, Nolan Bushnell was quoted as saying he wished “his children had a teacher like Tim Rylands”. 

 I loved, and often refer to Pong. Pong  was originally manufactured by Atari Incorporated (Atari), who released it in 1972.  It was created by Allan Alcorn as a training exercise assigned to him by Nolan. (Although this has been contended) *

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Challenging Children. Challenging Change Conference, Torquay

| March 18, 2009 | 1 Comment 

screenshot003After a lot of opportunities recently to work alongside the staff and pupils in a variety of superb special schools around the country, it was a pleasure to make it down to Torquay for the SWALSS Challenging Children, Challenging Change Conference at The Grand Hotel, in Torquay.

It was great, therefore, to showcase some of the children we have worked with, who have risen to some true challenges.

It was also a pleasure to share the stage with Ken Hames. Ken is perhaps best known these days as the face of Mission Africa on BBC 1, and the BBC2 programme Beyond Boundaries. He also designed the camp and challenges on the first series of ITV’s ‘I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out of Here’.

Ken has spent a lot of time working with young people with physical difficulties for the BBC Beyond Boundaries series…

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St John’s Green County Primary, Day 2

| March 17, 2009 | 1 Comment 

gadwin-shottie-0452Day two of our visit to St John’s Green County Primary in Colchester, and what a fun, and very sunny day. The children responded incredibly well and took off on all of the activities. Thank you again to Simon and his staff, for their enthusiam. Nothing was too much trouble, including going onto the roof to block out the bright sunshine streaming in through the beautiful Victorian windows.  THANK YOU.

Today started with 90+ Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 pupils, followed by 60 Year 3 and Year 4 pupils, then the Year 5 and Year 6 pupils this afternoon. And they were all amazing!

For more Roman links…

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St John’s Green County Primary School, Colchester

| March 16, 2009 | 0 Comments 

screenshot0072This a HUGE week for us. We are travelling over a thousand miles, and, I am sure, we will, as ever, see hundreds of smiles.

We started our travels with the first of two days alongside the staff and children of  St John’s Green County Primary School, in Colchester.

Colchester is claimed to be he oldest recorded city in Britain. In fact, it served as the first Roman capital of Britain.

Thank fully, we are going by car, rather than marching on foot this week!

For lots of Roman resources…

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