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.

In the Year 1/Year 2 Lesson we saw some inventive and creative imaginations coming to life.

The Year 3/Year 4 Lesson was very rewarding as they really rose to our challenges.

The Year 5/Year 6 Lesson “suffered from good weather a little because of the gorgeous bright sunlight flooding the hall. That did NOT stop these children. Oh no. Wanderings in the world of words.


A picture paints a thousand words, and with a thousand words paints a picture. Have a go at the great little which automatically turns any photograph into an ASCII text version.

We used a photograph of Bev Evans, the ICT teacher at today’s school to try it out, and to say thank you to Bev, for some very useful links she gave us.

The image you can see to the left has been shrunk and doesn’t do justice to the real finished result.

Bev has her own website: Communication for all. Great stuff. Go and have a mooch.


 pem-dock-y3y4-005One of the links Bev directed us to was The English Space.

FREE and open to primary and secondary teachers of English  it offers a great range of features.

Once you’re a member, you can store your teaching materials online and maintain your CPD record folder. These resources may also be used to work towards a Masters level accreditation.

What’s more, as part of the English Space community, you can take part in the easily-accessible online CPD programme by clicking on the Learning Trails button.

You can also network with other English Space members to create groups and forums for collaborating on projects and discussing topical issues.

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  1. phil okwedy says:

    Teacher at Pembroke Dock.

    Thanks – feel inspired having seen the way children responded.

    Many techniques to feed into my teaching – can’t wait.

    Cheers again


  2. Ginny says:

    Very inspirational lots of creative writing and motivated interaction with both children and staff. I work with SEN at portfield took back lots of enthusiasm and had one of the best maths sessions for ages.

  3. Chris Cole says:

    Well what can I say!
    Thank you so much to Eva, Tim and Sarah.
    A thoroughly thought provoking morning to see the children rise to the challenge of some beautiful descriptive writing.
    What impresses me most is the inclusiveness of your approach and use of teaching materials to stimulate children’s language, discussion and writing skills.
    Positive interaction and your lovely respect for children Tim are a lesson to us all.
    Take care 🙂

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