The first of two days a Mill Rythe Infant School on Hayling Island, and the first of three days with its headteacher, Sarah Court. On Wednesday, we will be at the Hampshire District 2 Headteachers’ Conference together in Poole looking at some fun, practical ways pf extending ideas, with heads from across the area. But first… some joyous explorations with children, and staff, from this lovely learning space.
Today’s INSET looked at some of the visual literacy ideas that can get classrooms bubbling. We were joined by neighbouring schools : Purbrook Infant School, Riverside School, Lee-on-the-Solent Infants, Hale Primary, Catherington Infants, Freegrounds Infant School, Springwood Infant School, Netley Marsh Infant School and Cherrywood Primary School.
We had a good look at how we can use a huge variety of resources as a stimulus for creativity across the curriculum. When using computer games as the springboard for writing, there are so many different genres that can flow from the images and experiences. With many immersive games, descriptive narrative is perhaps the most natural, due to the engaging nature of the landscapes, then recounts, letters, emails, postcards, reports, blogs, wikis, explanations and more. We explored together the use of still image, panoramas, mini worlds created from panoramas, moving panoramas and manipulating images in interesting ways to spark ideas and conversations. Then going further we ventured into the worlds in the Myst series Wii games and online tools.
We are looking forward to working with the children of the school tomorrow, and our focus will be investigating the power that digital games have in developing confidence in many forms of analog writing.
Category: 1) Events and Training days