St Thomas More RC Primary School, Hull ~ Day 1

| March 7, 2013 | 8 Comments 

We have travelled to Hull before, and now we’re back, and what a joy it is to be at St Thomas More RC Primary School,for the first of two days training.

We started with 50+ Year 2 and Year 3’s, their teachers and visiting teachers from neighbouring schools, exploring one of the virtual landscapes to encourage good long witterings, writings and speculations. The school has over 40% of its pupils having English as an additional language and more than 20 different languages being spoken. And, what wonderful speaking they do…

Talk is so important. It is wonderful to hear a room start to buzz, and hum, with growing chatter, and for that talk to start to flow in to some joyous writing.  By picking up words, and juggling with them, in a verbal sense, children can develop some confidence when rising to the challenge of recording things in a written way. Some time, we record that talk and turn it in to audio retellings.

Writing is (one way) to communicate with people when they aren’t there.

It is always a joy to watch growded-ups and children, take off and fly, with speaking and listening, writing, exploring, creating and more.
“Verbal jazz”, the ability to make things up on the spur of the moment, is a skill that empowers every kind of person, in so many walks of life. We need to encourage creating sentences, and ideas, as they go. Trying and flying.

One of the techniques we use is to get children, or adults, to just start talking when they get asked a question. That “just starting to talk”, rather than nervously umm-ing and ahh-ing whilst you wait for the words to come, means that you break your own nervous silence. The words you want, and didn’t even know you had within you, appear to flop in to place behind those opening phrases.

“Start and the rest will follow”, seems to give confidence to even the most reluctant speakers. The same principal also feeds ideas for even the most reluctant writers. Start, however stumbling you may feel, and you might find you are running with words in a short space of time. “Believe us. It does work”.

Thank you to headteacher, Sue Wass, her gorgeous colleagues, and pupils; the visiting staff, and all here today, for wandering, and wittering, with us. Something we will TALK ABOUT for a while to come.

Category: 1) Events and Training days

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  1. Martin, class teacher. says:

    Just had an absolutely fantastic day with Tim and Sarah! Got home full of ideas and feeling inspired. The children had a magical day and were fully engaged resulting in some brilliant writing. Looking forward to day 2 tomorrow!

  2. Tim says:

    Thank you Martin, and WELL DONE for being “up for a challenge” yourself.
    It would be great to find out what you try, and how you get on.
    “More tomorrow” 😀

  3. Terri, visiting class teacher says:

    Thank you for a truly ‘gorgeous’ day! Sad I won’t be joining you all for day two tomorrow but I can’t wait to use lots of your ideas with my children first thing tomorrow in our ‘Big Write’. Feel really inspired and full of enthusiasm – Thank you Tim and Sarah!

  4. Tim says:

    Hey Terri. Great to hear. We would LURVE to hear what you try in Big Write and how you all get on
    Keep in touch
    Tim and Sarah

  5. Sue says:

    What a truly inspiring day!!!
    As a Head you want to motivate both the children and the staff; I know that today has well and truly achieved this. The children who weren’t part of today have been badgering me about tomorrow… as have the staff!
    Thank you so much to both of you. I’m really looking forward to tomorrow.

  6. Tim says:

    Thank you Sue
    It has been great fun, so far, to be involved in the St Thomas More community of learners…
    …and “There’s more”! So looking forward to KS2 tomorrow

  7. Sam McTeare says:

    A fantastic day yesterday and really looking forward to today. The children thoroughly enjoyed their wittering and it was great to see them having a go – the ripple of ideas at the end of the morning gave me goose bumps! Inspiring, thought provoking and, most importantly, fun! Thank you Tim and Sarah – can’t wait to see what my class come up with this morning.

  8. Tim says:

    Thank you Sam – your perspective, as literacy co-ordinator, is very valuable.
    I hope you enjoy today. We are really looking forward to it. 😀

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