Milton Park Federated Primary School, Portsmouth ~ Day 2

| February 11, 2014 | 4 Comments 

Our second day at Milton Park Federated Primary School in Southsea, Portsmouth. Following yesterday’s INSET today we had the pleasure of spending time with the pupils and their teachers, and went all analog, in an exploration of the world of words.

Well done, to everybody, for taking part on an equal level, whether young, old, big or small.

Modelling is often one of the best ways of scribing. It is a bit like reading a paper in front of a toddler. Turn around and you can find they are also sat with a newspaper. O.K. It’s upside-down, but they are starting off on the road to reading.

Writing, or any other challenge, shouldn’t be something we inflict upon children and then we go off and do something “important”, “intriguing”, “mysterious”, “enjoyable”, or “superior”. It is important to show a shared interest, willingness and openness to “having a go” as well. The “Big People” today, wrote and wrote. They shared their ideas with the children around them. They left their writing lying around as a hint, a guide, or an example of potential style, sentence structure, or vocabulary.They were stylish and original gems of invention too. Nicely spicely! Well done all.

The children, in turn, offered suggestions, ideas or positive criticisms, to the giants there were sat next to on their travels through these mysterious worlds. There were a lot of us in some interesting settings, and it was joyous to see so much sharing taking place.

Thank you to Lee Branscombe for  inviting us and organising our visit, and to his energetic, inventive and adaptable colleagues for a fun filled and full on two days.

We look forward to hearing about your onward explorations, whether they are analog or digital travels.

Category: 1) Events and Training days

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  1. Vicky Cornish says:

    It was amazing to see how the children grew in confidence over the morning. From limiting themselves to one or two ideas, to overflowing with enthusiasm and thinking outside the box.

  2. Gordon says:

    Excellent two days – inspirational, lots of great ideas that can be used and save hours searching online, fun and the children wrote like vikings!

  3. Ros Udy says:

    Wonderfully inspiring couple of days, thank you to Tim and Sarah who have given us lots to think about.

    The children were inspired and engaged throughout the session this morning and produced some excellent description. Boys in the class were particularly focused and enthusiastic about the gaming context and relucant or less confident writers felt safe to join in.

    Tim inspired the children to question, share ideas and participate. Their work felt celebrated and valued.

    I can’t wait to get started on the next writing project.

  4. Julie Smith says:

    Hi Tim and Sarah, oh the life of a head teacher – couldn’t get to see your wonderful lessons today but I have shed a tear of joy at the fabulous photographs and the joy in their faces. In the words of Morgan, one of year 5’s when I asked her how she enjoyed your lesson – 10 out of 10! Thank you for the inspiration!

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