After a day of analog adventures yesterday, we got all digital in the form of an INSET at Walsgrave Church of England Primary, with visiting colleagues from neighbouring schools: Clifford Bridge Primary School, Grangehurst Primary, Gosford Park Primary, Wyken Croft Primary, Finham Primary, Sir Frank Whittle Primary, Templars’ Primary, Parkgate Primary School, St Osburgs Catholic Primary, Hollyfast Primary and Stivichall Primary.
We were blessed to be joined by NAO the robot, and John Pinkney, of the ICT Development Service, of Warwickshire County Council, and www.splashofcreativity.co.uk.
We have shared the stage with Nao at the BETT Arena, and it is a delicious honour.
Nao is a real charmer, and draws the oohs and ahhs. John and Nao gave us just a glimpse in to the incredible potential for getting across elements of programming to children of all ages, and abilities, in creative and inventive, engaging ways.
Paul Griffin, Head Teacher at Clifford Bridge Primary School, shared these thoughts:
Kim, Rob and I have been fortunate to listen to you on a number of occasions over the last 18 months but knew that our teachers would benefit from listening to you and seeing at work. It is quite some time that Kim and I arranged to get you to come to visit our school – it must be 14 months since we spoke about the idea initially.
In terms of School Improvement Planning, for a number of years writing has appeared to feature on somewhere on our plans for development. We have found it challenging to raise attainment in writing consistently over the years and are always looking for ways to improve what we do. Naturally, we are keen for our teachers to learn more about what they can try in the classroom and how they can promote writing – engaging all children if possible.
We understand that using Myst is a fraction of what you can talk to us about. I am most excited about you showing the staff just what is out there – readily available on the internet, free and easy to use. It is this part of your work that I feel the staff will find immediately useful and am looking forward to seeing some of this used in classroom after you leave us.
A big thank you Paul, and to Kim Docking Executive Headteacher for the Inspire Federation; Rob Darling, Headteacher at Walsgrave, and all of our colleagues over the last two days, both big and small.
Category: 1) Events and Training days