Wareham Middle School, Dorset – Day 2

| February 18, 2011 | 5 Comments 

Our second day at Wareham Middle School

Iain Clark Headteacher Wareham Middle School

Tim Ryland’s visit to Wareham Middle School and the reason why he’s here!

If like me you ‘beat yourself up’ over how on earth to improve writing, especially with the boys, I strongly recommend you consider getting Tim and Sarah into your school. In one day, they managed to whisk the children off to a virtual world where anything can happen and in their imagination and as importantly in their own words it did. Similes and metaphors by the barrow load spewed from the pages!

I have to confess, I am a convert having had the privilege of seeing Tim as a key note speaker at the recent National Middle Schools conference in Nottingham, but wanted to test him to the limit. Enter stage left my Year 8 boys. The rest they say is history! Within minutes even the most challenging pupils were engaged and remained ‘putty in his hand’ for the remaining hour and a half. I spoke to one of the boys afterwards who said’ That was weird; I can’t understand where these words came from’ as he left the hall. I don’t usually wish away half term breaks, but I can’t wait to see how the experience we had today will impact on the children’s writing.

Have I just found the missing piece of the jigsaw? I really hope so.

Category: 1) Events and Training days

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  1. Angela says:

    What an A-MA-ZING couple of days! I’m busy downloading all the software Tim told us about, my mind’s buzzing with all the ways I’m going to be using it – and how much the kids are going to love it! Brilliant! Thank you so much Tim and Sarah.

  2. Emma says:

    I have to admit, it was the best training day I have possibly ever been on. Lots of inspiring ideas which have kept me entertained, even though I’m on half term. The downside was the installation of the game on my laptop, which you then took away! A good sales technique, but very frustrating. It would have been better if you’d charged £20 per person more and told us it was a free gift to take away!

  3. Tim says:

    Hi Emma
    We are so glad you enjoyed the day
    No sales pitch from us as we told you you can get the games cheaper else where 🙂
    If WE could get more copies of the game we would too
    Hey ho!
    Good luck with your trying things out
    All the best for now
    Tim and Sarah

  4. Charlotte says:


    I have just tried MystIII with my year 8s for the writing triplet ‘imagine, explore and entertain’ and they adored it! They had some amazing ideas as to where we were, when we were exploring, and their writing at the end of the lesson was fab!
    (One, quite disruptive, boy also asked me where to buy the game from!)

    Just thought I would let you know that I bought the game from ebay for £7.99 (4 disc addition!)

    An amazing training day-
    Thank you Tim for being so inspiring and thank you Wareham for inviting us along!

    Charlotte (St Osmund’s, Dorchester)

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