Whitley & Eggborough CP School, North Yorkshire: Day 1

| July 9, 2012 | 16 Comments 

A gorgeous first day, of two days at Whitley and Eggborough Community Primary School, Goole in North Yorkshire.

Today, we spent most of the day working alongside the staff and children of the Key Stage 1 department, followed by a twilight with the whole staff.

A huge THANK YOU to Julie Snead, Headteacher at Whitley & Eggborough Community Primary School, and Acting Headteacher at Kellington Primary School, for organising our visit over these two days.

The school has an extremely successful Mantle of the Expert curriculum, and the recent Ofsted report highlighted that “Opportunities such as the ‘Mantle of the Expert’ are stimulating pupils’ learning effectively”. The Mantle of the Expert is a dramatic-inquiry based approach to teaching and learning invented and developed by Professor Dorothy Heathcote at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne in the 1980’s. The big idea is that the class do all their curriculum work as if they are an imagined group of experts.

“They might be scientists in a laboratory or archaeologists excavating a tomb, or a rescue team at the scene of a disaster. They might be running a removal company, or a factory, or a shop, or a space station or a French resistance group.

Because they behave ‘as if they are experts’, the children are working from a specific point of view as they explore their learning and this brings special responsibilities, language needs and social behaviours.

Let us be clear: the children are not putting on a play or running a business. They are simply being asked to agree, for a time, to imagine themselves as a group of scientists, archaeologists or librarians with jobs and responsibilities.

Through activities and tasks, the children gradually take on the same kinds of responsibilities, problems and challenges that real archaeologists, scientists and librarians might do in the real world”. Our ways of working, within the virtual worlds, and with the many web based opportunities, fits so well with this way of working.

Today, we had a couple of bird experts, who shared their knowledge of the life of a mysterious, colourful bird, feeding its young in a cliff top nest.

The children became confident in gathering information from each other. Some effective questioning brought forward some fascinating facts and intriguing details of the habitat, diet and lifestyle of this feathered specimen.


Category: 1) Events and Training days

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  1. Mr Holtby says:

    What a fantastic first day – full of exciting ways forward with ICT, drama and speaking and listening. Lots of juicy food for thought!

  2. Tim says:

    Thank you Mr Holtby, and for what you have contributed to today too.
    We look forward to tomorrow

  3. Miss England says:

    So many fantastic ideas to try – thank you. I will look forward to trying them out and can’t wait to see the children so inspired when writing!

  4. Tim says:

    We look forward to hearing how you get on with whatever you try. Have fun

  5. Jayne Hardy says:

    What a truly inspirational day! The KS1 children were totally captivated and became immersed in the virtual environment throughout the whole morning. All ideas were praised,respected and nurtured by Tim Rylands and the other children. Children became expert scientists sharing their knowledge about dinosaurs and birds. We even had a hot air balloon pilot telling the story of how they all came to be stranded on the island. Vocabulary flowed such as predator, prey, silently and precious. All children were eager to write alongside the adults using their scribble sticks, and were encouraged to share their work with others.The morning flew by!

  6. Julie Snead says:

    Thank you so much to Tim and Sarah for an absolutely amazing first day. Tim, you have such a wonderful way with the children and you really enabled them to come alive and develop their thoughts and ideas. Their faces indicated just how much they enjoyed the experience. I know the staff have picked up so many ideas and you have given them such a lot to think about and implement in their own teaching. It was all very inspiring and uplifting. Many thanks and I look forward to tomorrow.

  7. Tim says:

    Thank you for this lovely, reflective comment Jayne
    The children did incredibly well didn’t they
    You all have a right to be incredibly proud of them
    We’re looking forward to tomorrow with KS2 now too 🙂

  8. Tim says:

    Thank you Julie
    You are right – the photographs do show how well the children did
    You should feel very proud of your children, and of your colleagues.
    Everybody was “up for a challenge”
    We too are looking forward to where we will go with the KS2 children
    See you tomorrow 🙂

  9. Mr Holtby says:

    Even the actors 🙂

  10. Miss Woodward says:

    I have had my first day of training and I am buzzing with ideas for my classroom. I feel Tim and Sarah offer a virtual experience which develops both children’s and teachers’ minds and allows the children to be in charge of their own learning. I wish to thank them for supporting me to understand how ICT can enhance and develop creative writing across the curriculum. I am a great fan of Pie Corbett and feel Tim’s training complements his teaching ethos and I look forward to re-creating imaginative and creative virtual experiences within the classroom. I can’t wait for day 2!

  11. Jean Waite says:

    Exciting, inspirational, different, thought-provoking. Not many things can take me away from teaching maths each morning but, what a morning it was! I thoroughly enjoyed spending the morning with the Key Stage 1 children – they were fantastic. They became experts and used their imaginations so well. I was so proud of them. I can’t wait to spend tomorrow morning with the Year 5 and 6 children while Tim and Sarah transport them to wherever we will go.

    We never stop learning and today I’ve learnt such a lot. Thank you.

  12. Tim says:

    We’re so glad you enjoyed today and that you found it useful. We have been lucky to work alongside Pie and enjoy the way the two ways of working work so well together
    We too are looking forward to tomorrow… watch this space 🙂

  13. Tim says:

    Thank you for your very thoughtful comment Jean
    You are right: we never stop learning do we
    We learned a lot from your children today and look forward to learning more tomorrow with the KS2 children
    Please remind us to tell you some of the maths links tomorrow 🙂

  14. Rosie Snead says:

    ‘Don’t just do something, stand there’
    This is the key message for me from today, thank you Tim and Sarah.

    “Boredom is the brain casting about for new information. It is the feeling you get when there are no new patterns to absorb” – Raph Koster

    There were many new patterns to absorb at Whitley and Eggborough Community Primary School today and I can’t wait for tomorrow.

  15. Tim says:

    Thank you Rosie
    We’re looking forward standing still today and wandering in the world of words with the KS2 children
    Like the boredom quote
    Thank you for coming

  16. Carole Turan says:

    A very interesting day, plenty of ideas can’t wait to put some of them into practice. Thank you Tim and Sarah you are truly inspirational to all whether it be children, teachers or teaching staff.

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