Another very special day in Cumbria, today at North Lakes Junior School for the North Lakes Penrith Cluster, a lesson with Year 5/6 pupils and training with the teachers and LSA’s from the cluster: Morland Area CE School, Beaconside C of E Primary School, Clifton Primary, Yanwath School, Beckermet Primary, Victoria Junior School, Ashfield Junior School, St Patrick’s Primary, Ghyllside Primary and St Mary’s Catholic Primary School Kells.
North Lakes School is a junior school with 150 pupils. It places strong emphasis on its creative curriculum which has been developed in conjunction with staff and governors of Brunswick Infant School. Over the past three years North Lakes has been a Creative Partnerships Change School, and has achieved the Arts Mark Gold Award. North Lakes was the winner of the Cumberland News Education Award “Golden Apple” for Innovation in the Arts in 2011, and is one of the first schools in the country to achieve the innovative SAPERE Bronze Award for Philosophy for Children.
The school is well known for its outstanding school choir, which has won a Sing Up Platinum Award, and has performed recently at the Roundhouse in London and the Sands Centre in Carlisle, where it played a key part in “The Wreck of the Titanic”. It will shortly be performing at Alnwick Castle in November for the BBC’s Children in Need Appeal. Visit the colourful and lively North Lakes website for more information about the school here.
Through its creative curriculum the school seeks to find ways for the children to express a wide range of talents and to build their confidence. Children are challenged in sports, the arts and the academic curriculum and the last three years have seen a consistent improving trend in results.
Our visit has been planned to further engage all learners, and especially boys, in their writing in order to further raise standards in Writing and the application of ICT. It is valuable to have whole school INSET in this way, as staff will work with us during the two days.
North Lakes Headteacher Mike Pincombe spent a day with us, near Keswick, in the Spring and he enjoyed the course so much that he invited us back to Penrith so that the staff of the two collaborative schools, and many other Cumbrian teachers, could experience it themselves.
“I have tried out a number of the techniques in the classroom and have found that the children have responded excellently to them; I am excited that Year 5 and 6 in North Lakes will now have the opportunity to work directly with Tim”.
Thank you, Mike, for a great day, and for sending these reflections through at the end of the day as well:
Thanks to Tim and Sarah for an excellent day today at North Lakes, with lots of laughter and good learning. Our entire Year 5 and 6 were totally engaged this morning in Tim’s presentation and the children responded really well, with really thoughtful and creative writing. Thanks to all the staff who came from schools across Cumbria to take part and support the children with Tim. What struck me today was the way in which the stimulus of the computer game could prompt such a range of responses including arguments, instructions, letters, diaries, poems, narratives, reports, recounts, raising and re-phrasing questions… certainly not just narrative. Hope to see you again soon!
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