Belvoirdale Primary School, Leicestershire ~ Day 2

| June 4, 2013 | 7 Comments 

A wonderful second day, at Belvoirdale Primary School, Scotland’s Road, Coalville, Leicestershire

Today, we went all analog. After a full on day, yesterday, introducing ourselves to a vast plethora of digital delights, we reverted back to our “scribbly stick”, put pen to paper, and concentrated on the art of bending, blending, extending and attending to the magical power of words.

To take off, and fly, with language, soaring, exploring, and roaring in to territories unknown, takes confidence, and courage. The Belvoirdale children went for it, in impressive style. Supporting that investigation, of uncharted ways, is our role as educators; helping children to know what to do when they don’t know what to do.

With the Key Stage Two group, stretching vocabulary, and sentence structure, produced some superb sonnets, and descriptive narrative that flew.

Despite using a vast, virtual, world as a stimulus, “this is old style teaching”. As Terry Pratchett once said:

“Let grammar, punctuation, and spelling into your life!

Even the most energetic and wonderful mess has to be turned into sentences.”

If we ask children to “give me three sentences with” (an adverb, let’s say) they can sometimes stuggle to come up with three sentences, three settings, three characters (or six)… “The Archbishop spoke forcibly to the curate”.

Using techniques, similar to those of today, dripping in subliminal examples; teacher modelling, and showing what “enjoying writing” looks like; demonstrating that it is OK to make “mistakes”, refine and revise and move forward; to “nick ideas off each other, polish it up, sparkle it up” is great, sharing and caring for what is generated; children can find themselves exceeding that target without almost realising it. Simile, metaphor, personification, and alliteration poured forth in abundance here at Belvoirdale. Well done all.

With a class of wonderful Year 1 and 2 children, we explored some really extended ideas, such as impromptu balanced arguments, and explored (confidently) a multitude of adverbs – inventively, expressively, supportively, chipping in ideas galore, and enacting them confidently, before getting a huge amount of thoughts down on paper in a very limited time. Well done all. The teachers were, like us, very impressed by what you achieved.

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  1. Jim Rock says:

    An amazing start to this half term. Today, all our Y5/6 children were really inspired to write and I saw children, who are sometimes reluctant, really come out of themselves. Personally, I am now ready to use a range of new ICT driven ways to inspire my children’s writing. From a Literacy coordinator’s perspective, it has added to my vision for how to further drive the subject forward in our school.

  2. Anne Bufton-McCoy says:

    Tim and Sarah
    We just can’t thank you enough. Two vastly different but truly inspirational days. You are going to be one of those beautiful long term memories for the kids. They will never say I remember that Maths worksheet but I bet they will be saying I remember when Tim took us on that magical ( even MYSTical) adventure!
    Missing you already……….

  3. Tim says:

    Thank you so much Jim
    Your involvement, over the two days, was so valuable
    We would love to keep in touch and hear what you try out
    Thanks again
    Tim and Sarah

  4. Tim says:

    Thank you SO much, you special lady, for two joyous days of exploring – off the beaten track, relishing wonders in the world of words and more.
    Belvoirdale is a gorgeous, memorable collection of wonderful people, whatever age and size
    You have a right to feel very proud of your school
    Keep in touch Anne
    All our best
    Tim and Sarah

  5. Phillipa says:

    Day 2: EPIC … it was an absolute pleasure to see Tim, Sarah and the children in action. I have learnt so much and can’t wait to try it out. Thank you!

  6. Belvoirdales Y5 says:

    Thanks Tim and Sarah for what you did on Tuesday, you showed us a great deal of helpful content(all of which we are all still trying to process
    Belvoirdale is very grateful for what you have done these past days and we wish you the best on wherever you may go and whoever you may teach
    yesterday was EPIC!!! THANKS!!!

    P.S. Can you show us the Myst game

  7. Tim says:

    Thank you – a very thoughtful comment
    We LOVED our time at Belvoirdale – a very special event
    Please keep in touch and let us know how you get on with what you try

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