Archive for December, 2009

Seasonal gratings

| December 15, 2009 | 0 Comments 

A printing essential

| December 10, 2009 | 2 Comments 

Blank etEver feel driven to slip back in to your old ways and print some worksheets?

Christmas colouring-itis taking over in your classroom because you’re just to tuckered to do anything else?

Try this indispensable utility that might get your widdlies doing something different.

A powerful resource and a money saver too on those penny hungry printer cartridges.

Hang in there kiddo… not long now.


| December 7, 2009 | 0 Comments 

Picture 11We have been using a lot of collaborative tools with teachers and children around the country. Here is an interesting one for use in an adult professional context or with a class.

There are so many collaborative tools that students can use to interact and create masterpieces in many setting, genres and styles. Etherpad has proved to be real hit for us. Some colleagues on training days have even admitted using it to communicate with their partners in different rooms in the same house! Googledocs has had a similarly enthusiastic uptake. Continue Reading

Penyrenglyn Community Primary School, Rhondda Cynon Taff

| December 4, 2009 | 0 Comments 

penyrenglynFollowing the launch day of The Oracy Into Writing Project at Rhondda Heritage Park on the 18th November, we were invited today to Penyrenglyn Community Primary School in Treherbert, Rhondda Cynon Taff, to work with the pupils and staff, and visiting colleagues from Parc Primary, Cefn Primary School, Darran Park  Primary, Blaengwawr Primary, Llwynypia Primary,  Glynhafod Junior, Cwmaman Infants,  Oaklands Primary,  Pentre Primary, Penygraig Junior, Trallwng Infants and Tylorstown Primary.

All of the pupils responded incredibly well, especially as they were joined by so many folk from the visiting schools AND  a film crew. We were joined by a crew from Tantrwm. Andrew Chainey and Stephen Hanks were asked to document the ideas that we were rolling out across the primary schools in this cluster of schools and the authority. This will then be included in a film to be available across Wales. Continue Reading

The Beatles 3000- History: fact, myth or confusion?

| December 1, 2009 | 0 Comments 

Here’s a fascinating film that gets you questioning what our impressions of history are based upon.
We find an artifact and put our impressions upon it. What is fact? What is fiction? What is confusion of the two? What is based on flimsy, half forgotten evidence?

Useful in history lessons in the build up to research on a topic. Useful when discussing how to trust a single source or recording of an event. (A Youtube film, so possibly blocked at school, but well worth a watch and finding a way to show?)