Archive for November, 2009

Big GAME Hunting! 1

| November 29, 2009 | 4 Comments 

Bungalow 073We have been big game hunting photographing, in schools around the country a lot over the last few months, with the Wii (and P.C.) game “Wild Earth African Safari”.

I think the picture above sums up some of the joy experienced in rising to our challenges.

Bungalow 075It was a chance rummage through a Sainsbury’s Bargain Bin that made us see the huge potential of this game to inspire and motivate children in so many ways.

Collaboration and co-operation are almost a natural bi-product as, as well as the whole group keenly navigating through the landscapes, up to four “players” can directly interact at the same time on the expeditions. And the rest of the class are far from passive travellers either.

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‘We Are The People We’ve Been Waiting For’.

| November 27, 2009 | 4 Comments 

We Are The PeopleThe new film, ‘We Are The People We’ve Been Waiting For’, was inspired and guided by Lord Puttnam and Sir Michael Barber and explores the education system in the UK and asks whether the current system provides young people with the opportunity to develop their talents.

High-profile figures sharing their personal experiences and views include Sir Richard Branson, Germaine Greer, Henry Winkler, Bill Bryson, Sir Ken Robinson and a wide range of education experts from around the world.

This thought-provoking film offers unique insight across generations and nations, and reveals a very inconvenient truth about education. The world is changing rapidly – but our education system is not keeping pace.

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Future Learning in Rutland Conference

| November 26, 2009 | 4 Comments 

rutland 001A pleasure to be invited to lead the FLiR (Future Learning in Rutland) Conference at ‘Barleythorpe Training and Conference Centre’ near Oakham, today, with a focus on ‘Creativity in the Curriculum’. Continue Reading

Rosebrook Primary and Nursery School, Mansfield

| November 25, 2009 | 14 Comments 

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A delightful two days in the North of England at Rosebrook Primary, in Mansfield. Day One we had opportunity to work with the Year 5 and Year 6 pupils and their staff, followed by a twilight with all the staff; then Day Two with Year 3/4 and Year 2 classes with an afternoon working with teaching staff for ‘hands on’ experience. Continue Reading

Wiltshire ICT Conference

| November 20, 2009 | 12 Comments 

wiltshire 001Thank you to Ian Baker, of Wilt5shire LEA for inviting Sarah and me back to Devizes. This time, to work with advisers and key colleagues across the Wiltshire region.

A true delight for us to work alongside the great Andy Hutt, of Learning Potential.

Andy’s Reasons to be Cheerful talk promises to be warm, inspirational and practical. We’ve worked with Andy before and know this will be a great session. Andy’s working on a number of different projects, including teaching on the University of Bath’s PGCE programme and has recently joined the well-established Muleskinners. He’s a drummist too! Continue Reading

Elmlea Junior School, Bristol

| November 19, 2009 | 0 Comments 

elmleay5 001An honour to be invited to Elmlea Junior School, in Bristol, especially as the head there, Clare Galliers, was my ex-head at Chew Magna Primary school, and, surely… she knows the truth! Yet she still invited back to Elmlea, for the second time, today. She must be mad.

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| November 19, 2009 | 1 Comment 

SpeakaboosSpeakaboos brings classic children’s entertainment into a digital world. Beloved characters and treasured stories are given new life through amazing celebrity performances, beautiful illustrations, and original music. At Speakaboos, children develop literacy skills while learning about technology in a safe and fun environment.

Have a look at the Speakaboo video story favorites, fables, nursery rhymes, fairy tales, folk tales and lullabies. Each animated story is read by celebrities and contains illustrations by well known artists.

The text of each tale is displayed on the screen as the story is read.

In addition to the animated story, the site provides accompanying spelling, illustration and word search activities for young readers and a story guide for teachers and parents including comprehension, discussion and extension questions, as well as research activities and notes on, in this case, an adaptation of Jack and the Beanstalk.

Rhondda – Oracy Into Writing – Some thoughts

| November 18, 2009 | 0 Comments 

rhondda 057I am a student in the third and final year of a primary teaching degree at Swansea Metropolitan University.

I became interested in using ICT to inspire children when I was presented with an assignment concerned with improving boys writing. I talked to a class of comprehensive school aged children about their most memorable and enjoyable writing lessons, to this came a unanimous response.. lessons with Mr Williams and Myst.

I was intrigued, a little dubious but began my research. I contacted Tim Rylands to ask for his advice he kindly invited me to his presentation in Rhondda Heritage Park. Continue Reading

Rhondda – Oracy Into Writing Project Launch Day 1

| November 18, 2009 | 18 Comments 

rhondda 002The launch day of  The Oracy Into Writing Project, which will see us returning, to carry on the work started today, and to work in schools in the region.

We are grateful to Mark Carrington and his colleague head teachers, for their superb organisation of this project.

Today we were joined by over 170 staff from schools around the region, here at The Rhondda Heritage Park. Continue Reading

A Revelation from Little Aston Primary School

| November 16, 2009 | 1 Comment 

Little Aston Year 6 writing for the opening of Myst IV – Thank you to  Laura Hodgson and her class:

Useful Pickie 015Hi Tim,

I attach the writing that my Year 6s produced in the observed lesson I did. They did the writing on a Wiki library on our Learning Platform. The wiki meant they all contributed to one piece of writing, giving all the children ownership and pride in their work.

My children were SO thrilled with your email, it really gave the lesson the edge.

Thank you so much.

Kindest regards,

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Minster Church of England Primary School, Ramsgate, Kent I/II

| November 13, 2009 | 9 Comments 

minstery5 001 If you were to look at our diaries, you would see that the majority of our time is spent in two day blocks. This is when visionary schools ask us to come and spend time with both the staff and children of their school.

It was fun to spend a day with the pupils here at Minster Church of England Primary School, near Ramsgate, Kent. Continue Reading