A fun drive through the stunning landscape of Cumbria brings us, today, to Fairfield Junior School in Cockermouth, Cumbria for our second day of the Inspiring Creative Teaching Project coordinated by John Nixon.
Our day started with a jam session with headteacher, Alex Wilkinson, on guitar and the bald bloke on piano. Fun!
Then we had a superb creative session with 50+ Year 6 pupils in the hall with their teachers and visiting colleagues.
As Fletcher Christian, the notorious sailor hailed from these parts, we took the children to the wreck of an ancient ship.
The Second Day of the Inspiring Creative Teaching (ICT) event in Cumbria takes place in Fairfield Junior School Cockermouth.
Fairfield is a town school nestling in the arms of the town of Cockermouth. Cockermouth has many literary links with the poet Wordsworth and more recent infamous historical fame as a town that was devastated by severe flooding in November 2009.
The school children take part in many local activities and won acclaim in a Local Authority Radio broadcasting competition. The school producing a hight emotive and personalised progamme on the plight of the community following the floods and resulting in the children hosting a visit from the Director General of the BBC who’s BBC Radio Cumbria had sponsored the competition.
Thanks to John Nixon, for recording his thoughts on today:
Having now seen Tim and Sarah twice on consecutive days their methods of inspiring learners have not ceased to amaze me. Holding 50+ children in a writing lesson for over two hours and the children not wanting it to finish is a sight to see.
One of the advantages of having Tim and Sarah working in schools is of course the ability to see a presenter actually doing “what it says on the tin”. Putting theory into practice with real children in a real school.
I would commend both Tim and Sarah to any school or practitioner as a must if they want to move their teaching to the next level and beyond.
The shards of frost cleared from my vision as the sun’s warm strokes brushed away the lace net resting across the herd of golden daffodils.
The building standing before me nestled in its blanket of green by the busy road beyond. Anticipation was visible in the air as the staff beavered like ants in preparation within their kingdom of learning. Today was the day that the mysterious magic weaver of dreams, the word smith was due to visit. Fairfield Junior was alive with the thirst for learning and knowledge. The children keen to impress and anxious to enjoy. The staff tremble at thought of such a large group, over 50, in one lesson and writing at that.
If past recent history was to be continued there was no reasons to worry, excitement and enjoyment will be realised into graphite pictures of dreams.
Poetic words, John. How appropriate, as close to the school, is Wordsworth House. The Poetry of William Wordsworth has brought the Lake District into the lives and minds of people everywhere. He was born in 1770 in the fine Georgian House on Cockermouth Main Street, now owned by the National Trust and open to the Public during the summer.
He was educated at Cockermouth and Hawkshead Grammar Schools, and ultimately at Cambridge where he read Greek, Latin and Italian.
After touring Europe, he and his sister Dorothy settled at Dove Cottage, Grasmere, where a legacy from a friend, given to help cultivate his poetical talents, enabled him to continue to write works including the “Lyric Ballads” and the long autobiographical work “The Prelude”.
During his time at Grasmere, he married and had three children, later moving to Rydal Mount where he died on 23rd April 1850, eight years after becoming Poet Laureate.
He is buried in Grasmere Churchyard as are other members of his family.
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