Solihull Primary Schools I(nspiring)CT Training ~ Day 2

| April 24, 2013 | 2 Comments 

The second of our days, working alongside teachers, and pupils, from across the Castle Bromwich/Solihull area. Today we had a Key Stage 2 focus, with children, and staff, at Castle Bromwich Junior School.

We were joined by folk from: Sharman’s Cross Junior School, Lady Katherine Leveson C of E Primary, St Anne’s Catholic Primary, Our Lady of Compassion Catholic Primary, Monkspath Junior and Infant School, Forest Oak School, St George & St Teresa Catholic Primary, Marston Green Junior School, Bishop Wilson Primary, Smith’s Wood Primary, Oak Cottage Primary, Shirley Heath Junior School and St Alphege Junior School.

Thank you to Ian Backhouse, head at Castle Bromwich Junior School, (CBJS) for organising this bringng together of schools, from across the region and to Dan Bird for supporting us today.

Ian writes:

CBJS is well known for the opportunities it provides for children to take part in music, sport and drama. Every child takes part on the stage in every year they are with us culminating in a musical in Y6. In Y3 children learn to play steel pans and the ukulele and this leads to further opportunities for those who want to specialise in a musical instrument. We have a variety of musical groups including a rock band who recently performed at the Cavern Club in Liverpool.

The school has several links with other schools. Our Y4 children link with children from Merstone Special School. Our Y3 children Skype with children from a school in China as well as other activities. Y3 also link with a Muslim school in Birmingham, where the children get to visit each other’s schools. We also have a link with a school in the Gambia. We raise funds through activities like a Fairtrade Tea Party and we have recently donated a laptop to the school to start another Skype link with Y5.

We do a lot of sharing events with parents and follow a creative curriculum. There is a lot of pressure to achieve good results in maths and English, but we also try to offer as broad a curriculum as we can. At our school ECM [Every Child Matters] still features strongly in our school improvement plan. We have a great staff team of teachers and support staff who feel very positive about our school and the children and families in our school community.

We have challenges in achieving 2 levels of progress for all children so we work hard to generate the highest achievement for them all, while still looking after their well being. In our last inspection in 2010 we achieved an outstanding grade for care guidance and support and equal opportunities. We have a weekly celebration assembly that includes certificates for volunteering.

We encourage an understanding of what it means to be part of and to contribute to the school and local community. We have a school allotment, we keep chickens and geese and we are a Green Flag school.

We have a news group that does regular news podcasts for Big City Radio each Saturday morning in term time. We run an after school youth club catering for about 40 children every week and various lunchtime play groups for those that would otherwise find lunchtime quite challenging.

We are about to go fully mobile with ICT as we need the ICT room for other teaching uses. We are looking to appoint an ICT network manager to build on some excellent provision around ICT. All children have access to mobile netbooks in lessons and we have a variety of software as well as internet access to lots of resources. One of our teachers has recently found the Literacy Shed which has resources to support visual literacy and teachers also use You Tube for teaching resources.

We have been looking forward to working with Tim and Sarah this week, alongside teachers from 25 Solihull schools and know that this will extend the use of ICT at CBJS as a result.

Category: 1) Events and Training days

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  1. Dan Bird says:

    Thanks Tim and Sarah- certainly an inspirational day thoroughly enjoyed by all at CBJS. You shared months worth of transferable activities and inspirations and encouraged teachers and children alike to move beyond what they normally do, extend their thinking and enjoy talking and writing. Can’t wait todevelop the ideas and share with my classes and other colleagues!

  2. Tim says:

    Thank you Dan
    It was such a fast paced day that we thought everybody might pop, so we’re glad you too found it useful
    Keep in touch

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