Essendine Primary School, City of Westminster, London

| June 18, 2013 | 0 Comments 

A full on day, of picking up words, and juggling them, with children, and staff, from Essendine Primary School, City of Westminster, London.

Thank you to Diane Buckle, headteacher, and Lyndsy Killip, Lower Key Stage 2 coordinator, for organising our visit. We have worked alongside Diane before, when she was working in the Durham area. So, it was an honour to be invited to her new school.

Lyndsy described Essendine as “a well resourced school with high numbers of EAL children who would benefit from an ICT hook”.

It is that “hook” that we investigated today. Building settings, and opportunties, where even those who wouldn’t normally want to pick up a scribbly stick, get to the stage where we had to persuade them to put that implement down.

In the morning, we set forth with a big group of Key Stage Two pupils, and went… almost nowhere! Well, in words this marvelous group of children covered a vast amount of distance. In “reality”, in the landscape we were exploring, we hardly moved… maybe four, or five, steps.

Scribbly sticks? Yes. Scribbly sticks. On our two day projects with schools, we splatter folk with so much technology they might pop! (We are looking forward to coming back in September, and starting the Essendine year with a vast amount of digital wizardry). But, today we focused on an analog response to a digital stimulus. Taking off, and flying, with wondrous words, to describe the sensations stimulated within us, by a magnificent, virtual world.

In the afternoon we ventured, adventured with another big group, this time Key Stage One children.

Sometimes, people hear about “this using games in your classroom thing”, they get hold of one of the games, and start playing it as a game. This isn’t where the power comes from. Standing still, contemplating, considering and recording our thoughts, in many ways, is where the transformational magic occurs.


No wonder children find it difficult to understand, because we can sometimes just be rushing them ahead. No time to stand, think, and develop ideas. (We’ve got maths, English, P.E., science, swimming, and, yes… I know it’s snowing outside… but come on…) Slowing their pulse rate down does not mean writing slower. It means bringing the world alive in the detail. Scaffolding, supporting, extending, and developing that detail, that imagination, is where we journeyed today.

Well done indeed to all of those who came with us on those adventures. Adventures of only a few paces, but at such pace, they were amazing to “Go For It” as they did. Thanks all.

There’ll be a huge amount more on this, when we return, in the new academic year, and go decidedly digital, with the staff of Essendine, in September. “Watch this space”!


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