Belle Vue Primary School, Dudley ~ Day 2

| January 7, 2014 | 5 Comments 

A joyous 2nd day at Belle Vue Primary School, Wordsley, Dudley, in the West Midlands. Today we were joined by children from Year 6 & Year 2, to investigate some remarkable virtual terrains, as one big unit, alongside “the big folk”.

How good it was to share these sessions with some superb teachers from the school~ it is always so valuable to have adults becoming children, becoming fully engaged themselves, showing they, too, understand the intricacies of the writing process; showing that it is OK to struggle, to succeed, and to celebrate that movement together; sharing good ideas, recording thoughts and phrases, refining ideas together, writing for enjoyment with no difference between adult and pupil.

Exploring words is a fascinating experiment ~ not being scared of idioms, “inventing” and reinventing. A “well worn phrase” has to be experienced for the first time too. It is possible to stumble upon, or craft our way towards, some truly original ideas too. There were lots of creative gems today.

We took our time, used all our senses; explored before writing; shared good ideas, recorded our thoughts in different forms, having a journal to hand at all times, throughout the day. We made mistakes, corrected, refined and revised and took joy in every step.

Well done, and thank you all, for wandering in the wonderful world of words with us. You just had “to be there”.

Category: 1) Events and Training days

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  1. Dave Porter says:

    Great morning with Y6 pupils and Tim exploring virtual worlds. Never realised how useful an empty cup was in developing ‘talk for writing’.
    Looking forward to Y2 this afternoon working with Tim.

  2. Andrea says:

    Fantastic afternoon with year 2 this afternoon. The children enjoyed this so much and in so many ways and on so many levels. Thank you!

  3. Dave Porter says:

    Year 2 and key stage 1 staff really engrossed in writing through the use of Myst iii-a few steps in a particular durection led to a vocabulary rich discussion with little ones so eager to share-inspiring stuff whether you have taught for 1 or 31 yrs

  4. Helena Young says:

    Well, after an inspirational day one I had high expectations for day two. The true test of the success was to be measured by the most critical and honest of judges, the children. They were given the opportunity to discuss, engage, role play, debate, challenge and all whilst immersed within awe inspiring, magnificent worlds with varying landscapes. Most crucially the children were given time ….. to reflect , to allow their ideas to grow and develop. All ideas were valued and encouraged. When the children and adults, came to write their thoughts on paper the room was filled with an atmosphere of eagerness and anticipation. Most crucially for me children of all abilities and even usually reluctant writers enthusiastically bowed their heads and become further engrossed in the wondrous world that had been created. The smiles on their faces said it all. My expectations were met and then exceeded. Many thanks again.

  5. Tim says:

    Thank you ALL, for your very thoughtful comments on the last two days
    You have a right to be very proud of your children, and they of you
    Keep in touch

    “Make this a comma, not a full stop”

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