St Silas Church of England Primary, Toxteth, Liverpool ~ Day 1

| March 25, 2013 | 8 Comments 

The first of two days, working alongside the staff, and pupils, of St Silas Church of England Primary School, Toxteth, Liverpool, accompanied by colleagues from the surrounding area.

The St Silas school motto is “Learning caring and sharing together; and the main thing is…Learning!” And, what remarkable learning they already do.

Thank you to Jonathon Nichols, Head Teacher and Deputy Head Teacher, Gina Donaldson, for inviting us.

A massive thank you to Gina, for organising our visit, and for her thoughts on the event:

St Silas is a one-form entry primary school in Toxteth, Liverpool. Our school is privileged to have fantastic children from around 34 different countries across the world!

We’re all so really lucky to have such inspirational teachers who are not afraid of challenges and who really embrace our philosophy which is, ‘The main thing is LEARNING!’ This goes for everyone at St Silas School; life is about learning and that’s what we’re all about.

We’ve come a long way in the last few years and although we are proud of our achievements, we also believe that ‘Better never stops!’ We have invested a lot in technology in recent years as we have seen how much it can motivate and engage our learners but also because we know that it is crucial for children of the third millennium.

We also know however, that technology is just one tool for learning and  that there are many other skills which children will need to be successful in the 21st Century. For us these are; creativity, critical thinking, collaboration, communication, responsible citizenship and self-drive.

Having followed Tim on Twitter for many years I know that although the two day event is called ‘ICT to Inspire’ it is actually about much more than that. It’s about engagement, rapport, questioning, differentiation, improving writing and much more. As a school we’re hoping to develop our children’s writing levels even further this year and we’re keen to learn more from Tim and Sarah and to add some more tools to our teacher toolkits!

We are so excited to have Tim, Sarah and representatives from 30 different schools around the North West with us for two days!

The school works alongside Digital Learning Specialist Julian Coultas, and has a superb programme of iPad, and tech, integration, already under way. Julian describes himself as “ADE and Education Mentor- Pixel pusher-noise maker-iPad time traveller- general trouble maker-always busy”.

Another of the many strengths of the school’s approach to powerful uses of technology is the way that they have taken to blogging. Many year groups have set up blogs, with the help of Creative Blogs, as a way of broadcasting some of their challenges, and successes ~ making the walls of the school transparent as it were.

The Early Years and Foundation Stage team, and the nursery, start them early. This is followed by Year 1, Year 2, and Year 3, right the way up to Year 6.

With seven, very simple, guidelines, they have ensured that children write, and receive feedback, safely. A great encouragement to write for a real purpose, and a real audience.

1) Only use your first name. Do not give your surname. 2) Relatives who comment please also only use first names. E.g. Ali’s mum 3) Stay safe and do not share any personal information. 4) Do not post pictures of yourself. 5) No text talk. Read and check your comments. 6) Be polite. Do not write anything that could hurt anyone. 7) Always show respect when writing comments.

Category: 1) Events and Training days

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  1. Tanasha Robinson says:

    Thank you for an inspirational day and lots of practical, exciting engaging activities that I will be using with my children very very soon!

  2. Tim says:

    Thank you Tanasha
    We are so glad you found today useful
    Please let us know what you try first, and how you get on 😀

  3. Gina Donaldson says:

    You really didn’t disappoint today! It was everything I’d imagined it would be and more! I can’t wait to see you in action with our fantastic children tomorrow! Thank you!

  4. Steve Lawley says:

    Hi Tim and Sarah, writing to say thanks for sharing your ideas today – and in the hope that this simple message kick starts/upgrades my ICT usage (it’s got to happen sometime…so let’s make today the day!)

  5. Tim says:

    Go for it Steve! It won’t bite, and you could find yourself getting hooked
    Have fun, and please let us know how you get on 😀

  6. Tim says:

    That’s great to hear Gina
    You organised a superb day today and your attention to detail is admirable – personalised chocolates on a training event! Wow!
    We are looking forward to tomorrow too
    Thank you again
    Tim and Sarah

  7. Sarah Britton says:

    Thank you for two totally inspirational days. Reception class were wowed with tag galaxy! Look forward to seeing them be amazed by some of your other activities. Thanks again to you both for two brilliant days.

  8. Tim says:

    Thank you Sarah
    We would LOVE to know what you try next, and how you get on
    Please keep in touch
    Tim and Sarah

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