Archive for June, 2009

Glastonbury 2009

| June 30, 2009 | 0 Comments 

Brilliant time – we made the front page of The Glastonbury Festival 2009 Website ….  OK, ‘Day Two in Pictures’ page, but at the top!

Our favourites were The Ting Tings, Script, Jason Mraz, Jamie Cullum and Newton Falkner – fantastic.

Fantastic weather and company, sadly cut a little short due to a swollen knee, but hay ho, three days in hospital sorted it out. Now feeling refreshed and ready for the week ahead. Tomorrow, we’re at the South West Regional Conference in Bristol then on to Kent for their conference on Thursday, finishing the week at Hillview School for Girls in Tonbridge.

Pembrokeshire – Motivating & Inspiring Reluctant Writers Day 5

| June 23, 2009 | 1 Comment 

ysgol-sir-thomas-001This morning was visited Ysgol Sir Thomas Picton to work with Year 7 pupils, teachers and, again, visiting teachers. A delightful bunch of people, prepared to ‘stand still’ for absolutely ages, exploring the virtual landscape.

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Anyone for Tennis?

| June 22, 2009 | 0 Comments 

The start of Wimbledon, the throne of tennis.

Try a few online games of tennis here, here and here

Or get some good coaching videos for young players HERE

For tea love?

Whatever the weather (!) I like this quote from one of the great men of tennis:

“You’ve got to get to the stage in life when going for it is more important than winning or losing”

Arthur Ashe

Pembrokeshire – Motivating & Inspiring Reluctant Writers Day 4

| June 22, 2009 | 2 Comments 

ysgol-glannau-012Back in Pembrokeshire. What a treat! Yesterday we were invited to a family BBQ on St Brides’ beach by Eva and Mark John, and their two daughters, Ellie and Lily, (photos posted at the bottom of this post).

Today we’re in Ysgol Glannau Gwaun Primary School in Fishguard working with pupils, teachers and visiting teachers. Lessons with Y1, Y2, Y3, Y4, Y5 and Y6 explored the imaginary landscapes and the people ‘who lived’ there. Each class was up for the challenges and produced some stunning pieces of writing.

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Brighton and Hove Primary ICT Conference

| June 19, 2009 | 6 Comments 

brighton-and-hove-09-001Today we had the pleasure of a return trip to Brighton, for their ICT Conference 2009, and the chance to work with staff from schools across the county.

And what a smiley bunch! Up for the challenges we set for them.

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Telford & Wrekin Headteachers’ ICT Conference

| June 18, 2009 | 6 Comments 

telford-09-001Today we are in Telford at  Telford University Campus working with the Telford and Wrekin Schools ICT Team. including Derek Williams, Learning Content Manager for Telford and Wrekin Council. First, an opening keynote inthe main lecture hall. Then, a lesson with  Year 6 children from Lawley Primary School

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Pembrokeshire – Motivating & Inspiring Reluctant Writers Day 3

| June 17, 2009 | 3 Comments 

pem-dock-y3y4-0031Today, we were lucky enough to spend time with the staff and pupils of Prendergast Community School here in sunny Pembrokeshire.

Now we are heading off on the next leg of this manic weel – all the way up to Telford for their conference, and then onwards to Brighton for their conference on Friday! Miles and miles yet also piles of smiles.

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Pembrokeshire – Motivating & Inspiring Reluctant Writers Day 2

| June 16, 2009 | 4 Comments 

pem-dock-y1y2-002Our second day this week in gorgeous Pembrokeshire, today working with children and colleagues at Pembroke Dock Community School.

The school was the first PFI (Private Finance Initiative) primary school to open in Wales.

The 5500m2 building encompasses state of the art accommodation for 500 pupils aged 3-11. An Autistic Unit and playgroup provision are also accommodated on the site which is fully accessible for disabled pupils, staff and visitors.

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Pembrokeshire – Motivating & Inspiring Reluctant Writers Day 1

| June 15, 2009 | 1 Comment 

pem-day-1Today we are in Pembrokeshire Education Centre in Neyland, Pembrokeshire, with 50 + colleagues from across the authority. A massive THANK YOU to Eva John, Basic Skills/Literacy Adviser for Pembrokeshire, for inviting us .

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Basic Skills Cymru Regional Workshops 3 – Wrexham

| June 12, 2009 | 6 Comments 

wrexham-09-001The last of this week’s day-long workshops as part our “tour” of Wales in the Improving Boys’ Literacy in Wales conference and workshop series. This time in Wrexham, or Wrecsam.

We were joined by colleagues from Wrexham, Flintshire, Denbighshire, Anglesey and Gwynedd.

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Basic Skills Cymru Regional Workshops 2 – Ceredigion

| June 11, 2009 | 9 Comments 

ceredigion-09-008 The second of our three day “tour” of Wales as part of the Improving Boys’ Literacy in Wales conference and workshop series. In the first of these posts, while in Cardiff, we explained that the Basic Skills Cymru launched a new campaign in autumn 2008 under the umbrella title of  Read a Million Words Together in Wales.

Today we were joined by colleagues from Pembrokeshire, Ceredigion, Carmarthenshire and Powys.

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