The Kirkby Collaborative of Schools, Day 2

| June 20, 2012 | 3 Comments 

Day Two in Kirkby, with The Kirkby Collaborative of Schools, a cluster of sixteen schools in the town of Kirkby, Knowsley, Merseyside, working together as a family of schools for thier community.  Today at Eastcroft Park Primary School. Even though we are investigating many, many digital ideas over these three days, our real focus remains firmly on teaching and learning, rather than technology itself. It is what they say, rather than what they use to say it. We used scribbly sticks to get our ideas out, bouncing, flowing and bubbling, today.

In the first session of the day the Year 1 and Year 2 pupils were delightful, joined by colleagues from Eastcroft Park Primary School and Ravenscroft Community Primary School, Halsnead Community Primary School, St Margaret Marys Junior,, Central Primary, Westvale Primary School and Stockbridge Primary.Words, thoughts, imagination and inventiveness galore danced around the room, as the children took flight.
Exploring at one point in the lesson verb/adverb clauses, we were helped by a resident Lee; every class should have a Lee!
Next, we set off to foreign parts, accompanied by the Year 3 and Year 4 children with colleagues from St Peter and Pauls Catholic Primary School, Park View School, and St Laurence’s.Laptops, tablets, recording tools, cameras and other devices, form a powerful, and very important part of our way of working. But, a mix of analogue and digital always produces fascinating results.The children today “travelled with us” in to some remarkable, digital landscapes, showing a real readiness to rise to challenges.
The afternoon gave us a chance to explore with the Year 5 and Year 6 children with colleagues from Halewood Church of England School, Whiston Willis, Park View School, Ravenscroft Community Primary School, Kirkby Church of England School, Newstead Centre, Park Brow Community Primary School, Westvale Primary School, Knowsley Village Primary School and Stockbridge Primary.Three children shone out from an already sparkly bunch. They became some remarkably believable souls in the landscape we were standing in, and an amazingly competent “translator”.

A huge THANK YOU to Julie Withey, head teacher at Eastcroft Park Primary School for such a warm welcome, with sandwiches, coffee and tea at every turn! Another joyous Kirkby school experience. Well done and thanks all.

Category: 1) Events and Training days

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  1. Steve Dixon says:

    It was great to see the children developing the confidence and belief in their own work, and to have the courage to share it with their colleagues. Through your input and their responses we all travelled together in the digital world. Thankyou

  2. Lynsey says:

    An excellent experience; the children were engaged, they were talking and most importantly they were desperate to write and know more! Such an eye opening lesson which left me motivated and inspired to deliver games based learning within my own classroom environment.

  3. Nicola says:

    Fantastic! had a really good day, the children were all on task and willing to participate.

    I will be using these ideas in my classroom. A very inspiring two days.

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