Archive for September, 2009

Merrylands Primary School, Essex:Day 2 II

| September 29, 2009 | 1 Comment 

Merrylands 010Brian Finlay (also one of the visiting colleagues from Lincewood Primary School) shared these thoughts on today at Merrylands Primary School, Essex:

“Sitting back and viewing 60 children all captivated and engaged by the actions and voice of, Mr Rylands.

This two day course has certainly opened my eyes, mind and imagination on how in many different aspects of my teaching, including the use of ICT in the education of children.  Continue Reading

Merrylands Primary School, Essex: Day 2

| September 29, 2009 | 0 Comments 

Merrylands 001Day 2 at Merrylands Primary School, Essex and what fun we had today, working alongside the children of the school.

Dean Robinson (a visiting colleague from nearby Lincewood Primary School), had the following observations: Continue Reading

Merrylands Primary School, Essex

| September 28, 2009 | 5 Comments 

Merrylands 002Today we are at Merrylands Primary School in Essex, invited by head teacher, Sean Tobin. Tomorrow, we will be here again, developing the ideas covered today, through demonstration lessons. We are joined today by colleagues from neighbouring schools, Lee Chapel Primary School, James Hornsby High School, Woodlands Senior School and Lincewood Primary School, Continue Reading

Sevenoaks South Parntership’s Myst Writing Project, Day 3:Chevening School

| September 25, 2009 | 1 Comment 

Sevenoaks Day 3 001Following Wednesday’s superb training day and yesterday’s very enjoyable day of demonstration lessons at Edenbridge Primary School, we had the pleasure of working with the children and teachers at Chevening Primary. Again, colleagues from the Sevenoaks South Partnership were able to be a part of the lessons and reflect upon the many ideas explored during Wednesday’s training.

Today’s journey started with the Y3 pupils exploring one of the virtual worlds, followed by the Y2s navigating their way through a very organic world, and then the Y5s went on a safari in an age trapped on the edge of time. Fun stuff, and all of the pupils rose to the challenges we gave them.

Thank you to Sarah Horton, collegues from across the Sevenoaks South Partnership schools, for a glorious and thoroughly enjoyable three days . Good luck in your future exploring of ALL of the ideas we covered. Well done! Continue Reading


| September 24, 2009 | 0 Comments 

Sevenoaks Day 2 001aThank you to Sarah Eede of Dunton Green Primary School for recording her thoughts on today. A pleasure to meet you today Sarah and congratulations on your “outstanding” OFSTED result

“The room is set as 40 eager, excited faces wait, with a variety of expressions, to see what will happen next…ENTER MR WALKER! The holey stick with a mission…TO EVOKE, CREATE, ENCOURAGE & most importantly, think laterally out of the BOX, without fear.

I first met Mr Rylands at an EIS Conference in 2008 where he was the end of conference “Key Note Speaker”. His speech and demonstration absolutely “blew me away!” for want of a better phrase. I was introduced to Myst III Exile and the concept of encouraging reluctant writers through the use of a computer game. Especially boys. A popular medium so frequently used at home on a variety of gaming machines, the idea is completely inspirational and for some it is a way of life. Continue Reading

Sevenoaks South Partnership Myst Writing Project, Day 2:Edenbridge School

| September 24, 2009 | 2 Comments 

Sevenoaks Day 2 010After a superb training day yesterday, it was fun, today, to do three lessons with children from Edenbridge Primary School, here in Sevenoaks. Colleagues from the Sevenoaks South Partnership were able to be apart of the lessons and reflect upon the many ideas explored during yesterday’s training.

The day started with the Y3 and Y4 pupils’ lesson, followed by the Y1 and Y2’s, then the Y5 and Y6’s in the afternoon; each year group exploring different landscapes in the quest, on this occasion, to develop their creative writing skills. Continue Reading

Sevenoaks South Partnership Myst Writing Project, Day 1

| September 23, 2009 | 12 Comments 

Sevenoaks 003Day One of a three day visit to work with the schools in the Sevenoaks South Partnership, Kent and today is the launch of their Myst Writing Project. The schools taking part include: Anthony Roper Primary, Chevening C.E.Primary, Churchill C.E.Primary, Crockham Hill C.E. Primary, Dunton Green Primary, Edenbridge Primary, Fordcombe C.E.Primary, Four Elms Primary, Halstead Community Primary, Hever C of E Primary, Ide Hill C.E.Primary, Kemsing Primary, Lady Boswell’s C.E.Primary, Leigh Primary, Otford Primary, Penshurst C.E.Primary, Riverhead Infants’, St Katherine’s C of E Primary, St Lawrence C of E Primary, St Thomas’ Catholic Primary, Seal C of E Primary, Sevenoaks Primary, Shoreham Village School, Sundridge C.E.Primary and Weald Community Primary.

What a fun day! Thank you to Sarah Horton and her colleagues for organising a great event. The teachers attending today’s session will be building upon their training  by having the opportunity to watch demonstration lessons, tomorrow at Edenbridge Primary, and on Friday, at Chevening C.E.Primary. Continue Reading

Cleobury Mortimer Primary School, Shropshire II

| September 22, 2009 | 0 Comments 

Cleobury Mortimer 003Day Two at Cleobury Mortimer Primary School, today, we had the chance to work alongside the teachers, to extend the ideas from yesterday’s lessons.

One of the many ideas we looked at was exploring the huge potential of Wordle again.
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| September 22, 2009 | 0 Comments 

Screenshot 082We have had some lovely comments about Sarah’s photography. A few people have said that she has taken “the best photograph ever” of them.

Sarah takes superb images in crowded classrooms or conference venues. She does, occasionally, use Gadwin Printscreen to crop the pictures quickly down to the key elements, before adding them to the blog.

There is a great set of tutorials and explanations on how to improve your snaps at Cambridge In Colour.

Take a look at some of these gorgeous images of animals who have got in to photography too.

Cleobury Mortimer Primary School, Shropshire I

| September 21, 2009 | 10 Comments 

Cleobury Mortimer 001Today we spent the first of two days at Cleobury Mortimer Primary School in Shropshire.

There is a huge amount of incredibly high quality art work around the school, and, in a school with such a spectacular ceiling, it was really appropriate to do some “blue sky thinking”.

(Oooh! you trendy “business-speak” bod Rylands!!) Continue Reading

Other Side of The World

| September 14, 2009 | 0 Comments 

Other sideListening to the KT Tunstall song Other Side of The World and I wondered what or who or where IS on the “other side of the world to me”? Two Google mashups helped me to find out.

Antipodr and Big Hole do essentially the same job: help you dig a virtual hole through the planet and pop your head out on the other side. (Should have worked it out, by our relative distance from Greenwich, that we would be THAT close to the date line.)