Kingfisher Primary School, Wheatley, Doncaster – Day 1

| October 17, 2011 | 3 Comments 

The first of two days at Kingfisher Primary School, Wheatley, Doncaster. After looking at some of the ideas already used by the school, today, we introduced the staff at the school to a whole range of ways to encourage interaction, collaboration, and tools that help children WANT to write, and polish up their end results.

“In times of change learners inherit the earth; while the learned find themselves beautifully equipped to deal with a world that no longer exists.” Eric Hoffer

Knowing what to do, when you don’t know what to do, is empowering.

Today was our chance to Go Wild with many OTHER ideas. Ways to enable children to “take off, and fly”.


Nathan Atkinson, Head teacher, Kingfisher School

Kingfisher Primary school is working hard to embrace a philosophy of child centred learning where new technologies are used to engage and support children. We have invested in a new media suite that includes computers, animation area, blue screen technology and other hardware that can be used in all lessons. Learning takes place in all spaces around school and a School Improvement Priority is to develop the use of outdoor spaces. A key development will be the creation of an outdoor classroom for children in Key Stage 2, this space will be based on Early Years principles and include a car workshop, a construction area, plumbing problem solving area, drama space and a physical development section. All these spaces will be carefully planned, however, the learning experience will be driven by children.

Having worked with colleagues in a previous school who had benefitted from the “Tim Rylands experience” I was certain that inviting Tim and Sara to deliver a two day programme was the way forward. Just the initial phone call to make an enquiry regarding a booking was fascinating where Tim provided lots of ideas and I immediately got on line to follow up his imaginative suggestions. In the build up to our sessions staff have spent time looking at Tim’s blog and made use of the many links and ideas. Staff are eagerly awaiting the event and are looking forward to findings ways to further enhance the learning experience of children at Kingfisher.


Category: 1) Events and Training days

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  1. Paddy Carroll says:

    We have been given a fantastic range of tools to use within the classroom as well as for our own professional development today. I would reinforce the importance of twitter for making contacts for development as well as for funding opportunities

  2. Nathan Atkinson says:

    A great day, some amazing ideas… now to test it out on the children!

  3. Mrs Jones says:

    Really enjoyed day 1, looking forwards to seeing some ideas in the classroom tomorrow!

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