Mitton Manor Primary School, Tewkesbury ~ Day 2

| October 22, 2013 | 3 Comments 

A fun second day at Mitton Manor Primary School, Tewkesbury. Our focus, today, was on talk, and how that can transfer in to some superb writing.

Joining us, first, were around sixty year 5 and 6 children, and, with their teachers, we explored a ‘Village’ setting in Myst 4: Revelation. Talk. speculation, sharing, thinking and taking ownership of this place brought it from the virtual into reality. Similes and silences enabled their ideas to florish and take shape, forming images in our imaginations – gorgeous! We met characters, the gardeners and the lady they worked for; children up for challenges and risk-taking found themselves becoming confident in their roles, expanding on fictional happenings with great detail and flare.

In the afternoon, we were joined by the Year 2 pupils, excited and ready for challenges. The children in this group wondered, explored and enthused about strange objects as we investigated Edanna and the helix plants and the birds inhabiting this beautiful world, talking and writing with passion and interest – WELL DONE. The children made suggests and proposals regarding the origins and purpose of items found; they considered different ways to ascend the plants and what might be at the top, with one young lad making big stides towards ‘holding on to his idea’ and to find the right time to drop it in.

Matt Fletcher, headteacher, has worked alongside Pie Corbett, and is an advocate of the Talk for Writing methods. The virtual worlds we explore are a perfect setting for some animated talk, which can flow in to remarkable recording of those ideas. Whilst we do different things to Pie, our ways of working dovetail so well.

It is vital that verbal explorations get transferred in to a solid method of storing, and developing, those ideas. This could be digital or analog, written or audio, and so many other methods. It was that plethora of alternative tools, and techniques, that we investigated with the staff yesterday. Our explorations were mainly analog responses to a huge digital stimulus.

Writing is one of best methods of communicating with people who aren’t here.

Confidence with silence is as valuable as verbal contributions.

‘Silence’ during this session was extremely powerful, with the children taking time to think and time to cherish each others’ ideas.The cross between bubbling talk, and contemplative thought, means that ideas crackle away in different forms. Superb ideas galore.

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  1. Pie Corbett says:

    Great to hear that you have been working at Mitton Manor – all of your work there will build upon the hard work that Matt and the team have been putting in to the school. Say hello to Matt, the staff and children from me.

  2. Tim says:

    Thanks Pie
    We all spoke of you often over the last two days
    The children remembered you …and did dotted lines under the words they weren’t sure of

      hough too spoll

    Greetings from Team Mitton to you Mr C
    We are, as ever, following each other around because we were at Inspire2Learn last week in Middlesborough
    Small world eh? (But, I wouldn’t like to have to paint it!)
    All the best
    “Porridge”
    Tim and Sarah

  3. Louise Healey says:

    Fantastic 2nd day. Great to see yesterday’s ideas being put into practise with the children. I will definitely be trying the mug idea. Excited now to have a go myself.
    Thanks Tim and Sarah

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