Brooke Hill Primary School & Nursery, Rutland

| February 1, 2010 | 0 Comments 

Following a beautiful weekend spent at Barnsdale Hall on Rutland Water, we continue our visits to the schools of Rutland with a trip today to Brooke Hill Primary School & Nursery and what a delightful day we had. A special thank you to Sharon Milner, headteacher, for inviting us to work with her colleagues, colleagues from neighbouring schools and her pupils,  and for coordinating an extremely well organised day, which was not surprising: their motto ‘Making Learning Fun’ having been chosen by the children, indicates how much they enjoy coming to school each day.

It started with the Y2 pupils exploring the fascinating landscapes of Myst III: Exile and the ‘Age of Edanna’, considering different ways of moving forward: carefully, cautiously, quietly, happily ….. looking at abverbial clauses, with the children using ‘posh’ hands and ‘posh’ voices, then acting out their ideas. Further along, the children shared their thoughts about what might be at the top of a ‘spiral plant-like staircase’, and what was that staircase? Enthralled by the prospect of climbing the ‘spiral plant-like staircase’, the children then eagerly wrote about their ideas. One approach developed was the modelling of social-etiquette techniques and the encouragement of quality speaking and listening.

The Year 4 pupils were up for challenges as we explored the now familiar ‘dry barren’ landscape at the start of Myst III:Exile. They used similes in their writing, and drama in their speaking and listening, to bring the landscape to life before us. We met a gardener, and the lady who owned the beautiful greenhouse; the children confidently portraying their own made up characters (maybe here we could look again at the Wordle activity detailed in Friday’s post – oh for more time!).

The afternoon saw the Year 6 pupils exploring one location in Myst IV:Revelation, and exploring it in detail.

Linda Gibson, as Teaching Assitant at the school, kindly shared her observations and insights during this lesson. THANK YOU Linda, you are a special person.

I think we started off slightly overawed – Who was this strange man in black with his companion Mr Walker – and what a good way to start – ‘what use was the walking stick?’ (and a walking stick with holes in at that). Within minutes we had so many varied ideas – a musical instrument, a place to hide your bling, salt and pepper dispenser – or had the woodpecker been at it?
We were off.
Tim had a way of being in charge that was never off putting – he constantly managed to bring the children back on track. -How to interrupt, when it was good to interrupt; how to listen even when you’re just gagging to get your answer in first; how to ‘hang on’ to that precious thought that risked becoming a tad overstated! Everyone had a go yet no one felt under pressure, no one felt ticked off.
And the boys too, how they loved it – they threw their arms in the air recognising metaphors and similes and thought it was cooool – thought Tim was (and these are direct quotes from the Y6 children) ‘well, maybe a bit mad but only mad funny like Harry Hill’ ‘He’s kind of freaky… one of those teachers that every kid dreams of having.’
We observed, we thought, we discussed, we wrote – and then we wrote some more – because there’s often a little extra something that you can add on afterwards, isn’t there?
We stood up and talked out loud. It was OK to say that the temperature was as ‘hot as Cheryl Cole’. No wrong idea!
‘He just wants you to get involved – AND he doesn’t care if you go wrong’.
‘Grown ups sometimes lose the power of imagination’ but ‘I loved his imaginings’ Tim hasn’t. And, yeah, so did I.

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