Wroughton Junior School, Wiltshire ~ Day 1

| February 13, 2014 | 2 Comments 

The first of two days working alongside the staff, and pupils, from Wroughton Junior School, Wroughton, near Swindon, in Wiltshire.

A magical morning with 60+ Y6 pupils and their teachers.

And an equally enchanting afternoon with 60+ Y4 pupils and their teachers.

They have been incredibly inventive, and adaptable, in their timings, and timetable. Sue Cox, head teacher, even had her “Paddling frantically” and “Gliding calmly” timetables, to ensure that all went remarkably smoothly. Sue shared these thoughts on the background to our visit.

‘Writing is an art and a craft and a marvellous magic…’

This quote from Michael Morpurgo lies at the core of everything we believe about how we want to teach writing here at Wroughton Juniors.

The currency of language is embedded in our school curriculum and we have worked relentlessly for some time to impart the power of words both spoken and written. Having transformed our Library into a Ministry of Words and worked with both Sapere (Philosophy4Children) and The Royal Shakespeare Company to build a tide of language enrichment through curiosity, conversation, drama and storytelling, we think we are ready to add another ingredient to this alchemy of words.

A great believer in the power of impeccable timing, I can see that there is a hunger to extend our written and spoken outcomes from the ordinary to the extraordinary through the creative use of digital technology. Our pupils and staff are used to seeking out innovation and are keen to embrace a culture of all possibilities. What better moment to inspire them with a training opportunity which combines analogue with digital, and literally takes the ceiling off expectation. Our aspiration for every child as they move through our school is that they will leave as 21st Century communicators – at home in the global community. In its simplest form, it is about broadening horizons and sharing the transformative power of words.

Category: 1) Events and Training days

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  1. Sue Cox says:

    Dear Tim and Sarah,
    Today you reminded us about what it is to be playful and curious with language.
    Tonight I feel a little restless – as if we have crossed an important threshold in our teaching and learning journey as a team. I am looking forward to the conversations we will have together about moving this ‘writing thing’ forward. You have been another light to our touch paper.
    Thank you for a subtle but seismic shift in thinking and for sharing so much.

  2. James Wood says:

    What a great morning! It was hard to tell today who enjoyed it more, the adults or the children.
    Something that will always stay with me is the engagement of supposedly lower ability pupils who not only ‘accessed’ the lesson, actively flourished within the environment. A real eye opener.

    I laughed, I cried, I reflected meaningfully upon my practise.

    Looking forward to more today. Thank you.

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